Anfield came alive again on Sunday October 16, 2022 after a revived Liverpool squeezed out a victory against rivals Manchester City in a pulsating English Premier League clash.
Ering Haaland, for once, was not on the scoresheet and it was Liverpool’s talisman Mohamed Salah who made the vital contribution, racing on to a clearance from keeper Alisson after Joao Cancelo’s slip to beat Ederson with a composed finish with 14 minutes left.
It was one of the most thrilling games seen for some time as both sides mostly squandered chances to break the deadlock, before Salah’s 76th-minute goal that stole it.
The biggest talking point of the game was Phil Foden’s goal that was chalked off by VAR, with Haaland foul on Fabinho the reason why Pep Guardiola was left furious with the decision as City continued to push forwards, but they didn’t take their other chances in a game where their star Norwegian was kept quiet by a strong Liverpool defence on 15 and 33 minutes, Haaland had his first sightings of goal, the first seeing his left-footed effort charged down well by Joe Gomez, and the second a tame header into the gloves of Ederson after a delicious Kevin de Bruyne cross.
After the break, Salah was denied by an excellent Ederson save after he was sent through by a sumptuous Roberto Firmino through pass, but two minutes later, Foden would have the ball in the net as City had what they thought was an invaluable break-through.
De Bruyne slid Haaland in, and the Norwegian beat the onrushing Alisson to it as he stabbed it on for Foden, with the left-winger slamming home via Gomez, only for VAR to come to the hosts’ rescue.
But it was the Egyptian King who was the man of the moment: beating Ederson at the second attempt with quarter of an hour to play. He capitalised on an excellent Alisson pick out after a poor de Bruyne free kick, and the covering Joao Cancelo misjudged the flight of the ball, allowing the right-winger a run in on goal, which he duly took.
City falter, as Liverpool rebuild slowly. A massive win for them, as they clamber back into the top half of the table, looking to kick on now.
Arsenal secured a hard-fought three points at Leeds United with Bukayo Saka’s first-half stunner earning the Gunners a 1-0 victory on Sunday.
Arsenal were looking to extend their lead at the top of the league while Leeds manager Jesse Marsch knew that a win could take his team to mid-table and take some of the pressure off.
Chelsea also pulled a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa same day. The game between Southampton and West ham ended 1-1 with the Saints ending their series of defeats.