Salah not giving up Premier League title after Liverpool beat Man City


Liverpool, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – October 17, 2022): Mohamed Salah says Liverpool are not giving up the Premier League title after the Egyptian’s strike in a 1-0 win inflicted the first defeat of the season at Manchester City on Sunday.

The Reds are still 10 points behind City and 14 behind leaders Arsenal, but have started their season with just a third league win of the campaign.

“Personally, I always like to play for a title,” Salah said. “In my head, I’m going to fight for it, but we have to focus more and take it one game at a time.” Jurgen Klopp was sent off in the closing stages as he lost the plot with the officials for refusing to award Salah a free kick.

But City were also furious with referee Anthony Taylor after disallowing Phil Foden’s strike early in the second half after a VAR review.

“It’s Anfield,” said City boss Pep Guardiola, who was targeted with coins thrown by the crowd following the disallowed goal.

“The referee spoke with my assistant and Jurgen before the game and said ‘Today I won’t make any light fouls’ and the whole game was played, played, played except for the goal we scored. ” Despite all their achievements under Guardiola, City have yet to master Anfield in front of a crowd as Liverpool’s proud unbeaten record in the league at home with fans in attendance since 2017 continues.

– Haaland blanks – Klopp claimed in his pre-match press conference that no one could match the wealth of resources at City’s disposal after adding Erling Haaland to a squad full of seasoned Premier winners League.

But the Norwegian’s 10 game streak at club level ended on an afternoon as Liverpool hope to kick off their season.

“On a normal day you shouldn’t even try against City, you have to play to your limits and beyond,” Klopp added.

“That’s what we did in a well-organized and very passionate way.” Liverpool caused City more problems than anyone else in England in the past five years and denied both sides’ form before the game to inflict the champions’ first league defeat since February.

A lackluster first half was followed by an explosive second period.

Salah should have opened the scoring when he latched onto Roberto Firmino’s through ball and Ederson made a brilliant low save to his right.

Seconds later the ball was in the Liverpool net as Foden brought the loose ball home after Alisson Becker bravely saved at the feet of Haaland.

However, the goal was ruled out after a VAR check for Haaland’s foul on Fabinho in the build-up.

Guardiola was still protesting furiously with the officials on the touchline when the home side missed another huge chance to break the deadlock.

Salah’s cross went for Jota at the far post, who headed against the post when it looked easier to score.

Haaland was then disallowed as the game raged from start to finish as his weak effort was fended off by Alisson.

But it was Liverpool’s sharpshooter who finally found his lineup.

Salah bent another effort inches wide after turning Ruben Dias.

But the Egyptian didn’t spare City on the third request as he got past Joao Cancelo to hold on to Alisson’s long ball and kept his composure to pass Ederson.

Virgil van Dijk’s dip in form has been one of the key factors in Liverpool’s slow start to the season.

The Dutchman, however, rose to the challenge of stopping Haaland and made a vital intervention to deflect Cancelo’s cross from City’s number nine.

Klopp received his marching orders to come face-to-face with the assistant referee after Salah appeared to have been brought down by Bernardo Silva.

“The red card is my fault, I overstepped the mark at that time,” Klopp said.

“I lost it then, that’s not right, but a little excuse I would like to mention is how not to whistle that as a foul?” But City also lacked the nerve to make possession count on the pitch as Liverpool held on.


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