Carragher suggests formation change after City defeat

Florence Fletcher
January 6, 2019

The Germany winger's 72nd-minute strike secured a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Thursday night and said Jurgen Klopp's side will be feeling the threat from the champions as well as the added stress of trying to end a 29-year wait for a league title.

But Klopp, a realist who often bristles when asked about hypotheticals, insisted that he and his players must still be happy with their current status, top after 21 games, following this defeat against the champions.

So far, City have the best record in games against the top clubs - in six fixtures they have four wins although they did lose to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. "It is just the same if we had won", said the Scotland captain.

Fernandinho and Leroy Sane have warned Liverpool they are going to feel the pressure from all sides after Manchester City ignited the title race by ending the Premier League leaders' unbeaten start.

"We have to fight a lot, but this win gives us a lot of confidence".

Having played Arsenal and City back-to-back, Juergen Klopp's Liverpool do not play another top six side until February 24 when they travel to Manchester United.

City also had fortune on their side in a pulsating contest, particularly before the break.

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Fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele has always been linked with an exit and appears far from certain to see out the season with Spurs. The 26-year-old Denmark global has become a key player for Spurs since arriving in North London from Ajax in 2013.

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However, Gomez is closing in on a return from a lower leg fracture, with Liverpool also possessing unorthodox options in cover. Clyne is in contention to feature in Cherries' FA Cup third-round clash with Brighton at Vitality Stadium tomorrow (12.30pm).

Sadio Mane had the best chance to score in the first half when Salah played a through ball to the Senegalese forward, but his effort rebounded off the post.

John Stones then smacked his panicked clearance into City goalkeeper Ederson but the England global redeemed himself by clearing just before all of the ball had crossed the line.

Klopp questioned whether referees needed to see blood or an open wound before issuing a red card.

"I thought about it and said: "Yes you can", said Klopp.

"If we won the FA Cup then people would say that we didn't win the Premier League for so many years". If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season.

For all their illustrious past, Liverpool haven't won the English league since 1990 and their most recent challenge, in 2014, ended with what many felt was a submission to pressure. When Liverpool equalised there were enough City defenders around the box to prevent it. The goalkeeper position is a different one, but Simon, I could write a book about all of the good things I could say about him.

Mohamed Salah almost equalised late on after Fernandinho had not been awarded a free-kick for an apparent foul in the build-up. Between them, they held City together defensively.

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