Liverpool Trot to Title and Assert Domestic Dominance
Milner’s penalty in stoppage time against Leicester, Traore’s brace from the bench at City’s citadel
The next swing came three weeks later when Liverpool were on the brink of dropping their first points of the season, but Mane went down in the box and James Milner stepped up and slotted the ball into the net with aplomb. At the Etihad, Wolverhampton Wanderers plotted a masterful counter-attack on City. Raul Jimenez’s passes and Adama Traore’s bursting runs sank City to their first home loss of the season.An eight point lead at the top for Liverpool after eight rounds. City’s hold on the title started to look a bit shaky even as Liverpool were plotting foundations of a runaway campaign.
At Aston Villa a loss turned into three points
Early on in the season, Liverpool eked out a 0-1 win at Sheffiled United, a win that came on the back of an error by goalkeeper Dean Henderson and yet which gave an early sign of how Liverpool could make this their defining season. History of title winners has shown such wins make important leitmotif of the campaign. So in early November, Liverpool traveled to Aston Villa, and an early goal gave hosts a lead that they could latch on to with their dear lives. Liverpool’s onslaught finally broke Villa’s defence in the 87th minute and deep into stoppage time Sadio Mane’s header from a corner provided fresh impetus to the dream.
Top of the table clash and Liverpool come out blazing
The Premier League is a 9-month marathon and titles aren’t won in November but following their heist at Villa, Liverpool at Anfield struck the champions a body blow, which left Pep Guardiola frustrated at the touchline, as he clung on to referee’s “indiscretions.” Nevertheless, 3-1 scoreline reflected the tide turning and Liverpool’s emphatic display on the day provided their fans to start dreaming again. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson on either side of the flanks and Mohammad Salah, Sadio Mane and a rocket from Fabinho made it a 9-point lead at the top. By Christmas, Liverpool had opened a 11-point lead as City lost their derby to United and Liverpool came back to the league after winning the Club World Cup in Qatar.
Anfield sings we’re going to win the league in January
Liverpool 2- Manchester United 0 on January 19. At the Etihad a day earlier, City drew against Crystal Palace. Wolves by then had already done the double on them. This was turning out to be a procession and the supporters at Anfield found courage and belief to belt out in unison “we’re going to win the league.”
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