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Date TimeJanuary 14, 2018
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  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead when he drilled a shot low past Manchester City's Ederson
  • Fabian Delph limped off after half an hour for the visitors following an injury he sustained to his right knee
  • City flyer Leroy Sane restored parity with a brilliant piece of individual skill and a weak effort from Loris Karius
  • Roberto Firmino's stunningly chipped finished then restored the lead on the stroke of the hour mark
  • Then came the hammer blow when Sadio Mane, just three minutes later, smashed into the roof of the net
  • Mo Salah seemed to put the tie beyond all doubt as Ederson's poor clearance saw him score from 35 yards
  • Bernardo Silva then halved Liverpool's lead when he was found in space with just seven minutes to go
  • Ilkay Gundogan then found the net in stoppage time to give City a chance late on – but could not do it
  • AS IT HAPPENED: Relive all the action with Sportsmail's minute-by-minute coverage of the Anfield clash
The best team won. Not the best team in the country because a glance at the league table suggests that has not changed, but certainly the best team on the day. Ignore the closeness of the scoreline. Liverpool were 4-1 up going into the 84th minute, and were not flattered in the least by that margin.
They took the game to Manchester City, rattled and hassled them, like no other Premier League team this season. And in a period of eight minutes in the second-half they took the champions elect and Pep Guardiola's methodology apart.
Will he change? Of course not. This is Manchester City's first defeat of the campaign. Why should he? Yet there will be no invincible season and, eight months from now, maybe more managers will set up to try to City-proof their tactics.

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Reds hold on at Anfield

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Reds hold on at Anfield

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Reds hold on at Anfield

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Reds hold on at Anfield

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Reds hold on at Anfield

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Reds hold on at Anfield

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Reds hold on at Anfield

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Reds hold on at Anfield

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