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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren (L) jumps in to their third goal against Manchester City by Sadio Mane (C) on January 14, 2018
Liverpool condemned Manchester City to their first Premier League defeat of the season on Sunday as Arsenal’s defeat was marked by the missing Alexis Sanchez, who looks set to leave the club imminently. Jurgen Klopp feels an attack-minded line-up and was rewarded with a scintillating 4-3 win at Anfield’s jubilant, where the emotions were in sharp contrast to Wenger’s misery after a 2-1 loss at Bournemouth.
At Anfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early strike was canceled by Leroy Sane’s goal shortly before half-time but three goals in nine scintillating minutes stunned Pep Guardiola’s men. Two late goals gave the city hope but they just fell in their desperate bid to keep their unbeaten run going. The result means that the city remains 15 points clear of second-place Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table ahead of United at Stoke on Monday. Liverpool leapfrog Chelsea at third spot. Klopp’s side, in their first match since Philippe Coutinho left to join Barcelona, showed they were enviable depth in attack, taking the lead in the ninth minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain marauded forward and thundered a shot past City stop Ederson. When Leroy Sane was raking a cross-field ball from Kyle Walker and beat Loris Karius at Liverpool . Guardiola’s team looked in control after the break before Liverpool’s goal glut. Roberto Firmino dinked a clever shot by the Oxlade-Chamberlain and just two minutes later Sadio Mane smashed a shot at the top corner to make it 3-1. With city rocking, Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s fourth with a left-footed shot of more than 35 yards out after Ederson had misplaced a clearance. City scored late through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan’s goal for a dramatic equalizer. – Sanchez off? – Earlier, Arsene Wenger left Chile international Sanchez out of his squad to travel to Manchester City or Manchester United.
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Arsenal’s striker Danny Welbeck (R) takes a chance at goal after a challenge by Bournemouth defender Simon Francis on January 14, 2018
“Alexis would have played,” said Wenger, after Arsenal’s second goal in the second half-half to defeat. “Alexis would have played, but it was a difficult period for him.”
Wenger, who said Sanchez had not refused to play, added that he would be replaced if he left. City to favorites to sign the International Airport in Manchester last week. The Old Trafford club’s willingness to meet Arsenal’s £ 35 million valuation of Sanchez, who can leave a free agent at the end of the campaign, with the possibility of offering one-time Arsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of any deal, has increased the chance of joining Jose Mourinho’s squad. Arsenal have lost their past to the club. On Saturday, 10-man Leicester held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge while Tottenham put Everton to the sword, with Harry Kane scoring twice in a 4-0 rout.