Virgil van Dijk who admitted the win over title rivals Manchester City said it was ‘special’ Although the clash was being dubbed as a potential title decider, the Reds within 13 minutes had raced into a 2-0 lead.
National Sportslink understands that Liverpool will head into the international break eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after beating Manchester City 3-1.
They have taken 34 points from a possible 36 since the start of the season and the only other two clubs to have been in a similar position – Manchester United in 1993 and City in 2017 – both went on to win the title.
Fabinho opened the scoring with a terrific strike from outside of the penalty area before Andy Robertson produced a wonderful cross for Mohamed Salah to nod Liverpool into a two-goal lead.
It was gathered that every time Man City were in possession, there was a chorus of boos. Those boos were even louder whenever Raheem Sterling touched it.
National Sportslink recalls that Sterling, of course, left Liverpool for City in unceremonious circumstances in 2015. The home fans reminded him of that on Sunday with constant chants of ‘there’s only one greedy b**tard.’
And it just wasn’t Sterling’s day. He looked threatening but everything he attempted just didn’t work out. He also squared up to both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.
And failure to score means that he’s grabbed one goal in his 12 meetings with his former club – earlier this season in the Community Shield.
The frustration was clear for all to see towards the end of the 90 minutes. And Sterling allowed those frustrations to get the better of him.
Deep in injury-time and with the match over, Sterling left one on Virgil van Dijk – a challenge that didn’t even earn him a yellow card.
However, Liverpool fans are accusing Sterling of ‘stamping’ on Van Dijk. Replays show Sterling’s studs coming down on Van Dijk’s standing foot and many Kopites want the City star banned for his actions.