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Liverpool beats champion Man City in epic title showdown

Liverpool won a pulsating encounter against reigning champion Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield Sunday after a match full of goalmouth incident and yet another VAR controversy.Follow @cnnsport The victory has left Jurgen Klopp's men nine points clear of City, languishing in fourth behind Leicester and Chelsea as well after 12 matches, with the Reds firmly on course to claim a first top-flight title in 30 years.European champion Liverpool did ride their luck and no more so than after five minutes as Bernardo Silva's cross was cleared with massive City appeals for a penalty for handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold.Referee Michael Oliver waved play on and from the subsequent home attack Fabinho struck home a brilliant opener from outside of the penalty area.A VAR check for the handball followed, but it was turned down to the obvious disgust of City boss Pep Guardiola and the Liverpool goal confirmed.Guardiola's mood would not have been improved by a 13th minute second for Liverpool from Mo Salah and a third came early in the second half as Sadio Mane headed home.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola stares pointedly at referee Michael Oliver as he walks out to officiate the second half of the title showdown at Anfield.  City pulled one back through Bernardo Silva with 12 minutes remaining, but despite intense pressure Liverpool held out for the three points that even at this early stage of the season could prove crucial.An obviously aggrieved Guardiola side stepped questions about the early VAR decision, and insisted his team had performed well despite the result."I think today we showed why we are the champions, I'm so proud," he told Sky Sports. Either way his side face a monumental task to overhaul Liverpool, winners of 11 of its 12 league games since the start of the campaign."I'm not in a position to know the future, said Guardiola when asked about the title race. "Now it's the international break, hopefully they come back, people who are injured come back and then it's Chelsea at home."Liverpool's Senegalese striker Sadio Mane celebrates with Virgil van Dijk (left) after scoring his side's third goal early in the second half at Anfield.  His Liverpool counterpart Klopp acknowledged the strength of the opposition but was delighted to have cleared another hurdle in the quest for a long-awaited championship crown."They were good. Oh they were good and we had to defend with all we had but we scored incredible goals," was his verdict to BBC Sport.Liverpool's first incredible goal was indeed Brazilian midfielder Fabinho's — his crisp strike arrowing past Claudo Bravo, a replacement for injured regular Ederson.Liverpool braced for two games in 24 hours on different continents Sergio Aguero might have leveled for City before a superb cross from Andy Robertson left Salah to power home his header at the far post.Aguero was denied his first ever goal at Anfield by a good save from Alisson Becker before full back Angelino saw his deflected effort come back off the Liverpool post.City must have been feeling it was not theirRead More – Source