A dominant, focused and ambitious Liverpool took it to Manchester City on Sunday in the biggest game of the Premier League season so far as Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in a 3-1 win that wasn't even that close. It was a bit of a controversial match with City claiming handball inside the box on Liverpool on multiple occasions, but none were given despite VAR. The Reds took an early 2-0 lead and never looked back. They made it 3-0 in the second half before Bernardo Silva got one back for the visitors.
The win puts Liverpool eight points ahead of Leicester City and Chelsea and gives the Reds a nine-point cushion over Manchester City. Here are three takeaway from the match:
A controversial no-call
But when you look back at the handball of Alexander-Arnold, you'll see that the ball first hits Silva's arm. Here's the entire sequence:
City fans will say it's a penalty. Liverpool fans will say the opposite. A neutral fan who notices it hitting Silva's arm first should see why it wasn't called.
Reds' clinical finishing separated things early
It was as simple as this: Liverpool scored on its first two shots. That clinical ability early on was the knockout punch, as City could never recover. A 2-0 lead against City is never really safe, but the frustration on the face of City players was easy to see, and they were just out of sync. Out of 18 shots, just three were on frame for the visitors.
City and coach Pep Guardiola were rattled and taken off of their game in the first 13 minutes. They left with a sour taste in their mouth ... and a nine-point gap.
Here's the opener again from Fabinho just six minutes in:
And here is the second goal from Salah 13 minutes in off an unreal ball from Andrew Robertson:
No, the title race isn't over
You would be a fool to think this is done, and that Liverpool has this Premier League title wrapped up. Just last season we saw Liverpool with a double-digit lead in the table in December, and it wasn't enough to hold on. It's only November.
Of course, the Reds won the biggest prize in the Champions League last season, but the Premier League is still a massive goal for this team. A double-digit lead isn't enough unless we are in the last month or so of the season, and too many crazy things can turn the tide. Liverpool will find comfort in being up by nine points, but we're not even one-third of the way through the campaign. In the coming months, if City gets within a couple points, don't be surprised at all.
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City (final)
We were with you the entire way, providing highlights and analysis from Sunday's match. Relive Liverpool's win below.