Manchester City finally lost a Premier League game for the first time this season as Liverpool takes the glory in a 4:3 thrilling victory battle with the league leaders at Anifield.
Jurgen Klopp sent out an attack-minded line-up and was rewarded with a scintillating 4-3 win at a jubilant Anfield, with the Reds scoring three times in a rousing eight minutes spell in the second half to go 4-1.
At Anfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early strike was cancelled out by Leroy Sane’s goal shortly before half-time but three goals in eight scintillating minutes stunned Pep Guardiola’s men.
However, Man City got two late goals that gave it some hope but still fell just short in their desperate bid to keep their unbeaten run going.
Man City still maintains its 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table ahead of United’s match at home to struggling Stoke on Monday.
Klopp’s side, in their first match since Philippe Coutinho left to join Barcelona, showed they still have enviable depth in attack, taking the lead in the ninth minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain marauded forward and thundered a shot past City stopper Ederson.
The home side held onto their lead until five minutes before half-time, when Leroy Sane gathered a raking cross-field ball from Kyle Walker and beat Loris Karius at his near post with a rasping left-foot shot that the Liverpool keeper should have saved.
Guardiola’s team looked in control after the break before Liverpool’s goal glut.
Roberto Firmino dinked a clever shot in off the post following a through-ball by Oxlade-Chamberlain and just two minutes later Sadio Mane smashed a shot into the top corner to make it 3-1.
With City rocking, Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s fourth with a left-footed shot from more than 35 yards out after Ederson had misplaced a clearance.
City scored late through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but ran out of time in their search for a dramatic equalizer.