A day after Liverpool received a lucky break, Wolverhampton Wanderers simply handed them a good greater one.
Wolves went into the Etihad Stadium and shocked Manchester Metropolis 2-0, with a pair of late objectives by Adama Traoré wrapping up three factors for the guests.
That leaves Liverpool now eight factors clear atop the Premier League desk. Metropolis has received the final two league titles, together with probably the most dominant season in English top-flight historical past two years in the past and an exciting race to the end with the Reds final marketing campaign.
With Liverpool seemingly hellbent on ending a three-decade title drought domestically, each little margin counts, and people little margins are already including up in opposition to Metropolis.
As soon as once more Sunday, their chunk was absent within the last third. Metropolis dominated possession however generated the identical quantity of photographs on course (two) as Wolves. They usually had been doomed by a counter led by Mexican worldwide Raúl Jiménez that produced Traoré’s first purpose within the eightieth minute:
Within the fourth minute of stoppage time, Jiménez hit a intelligent go with the surface of his proper foot, and Traoré did the remainder to seal the victory:
All the same old caveats apply right here. Metropolis continues to be nice. Even banged up, the squad is flush with high quality. Pep Guardiola is a mastermind. All of it deserves to be washed, rinsed and repeated.
However after a fifth of the season, Liverpool’s lead isn’t inconsiderable. Mix that with the main focus they’re clearly placing on the Premier League and missing in different competitions, combine in Metropolis’s open need to lastly summit the Champions League, and the Reds are sitting fairly going ahead.
They’re additionally successful video games once they’re not at their greatest. They eked out a consequence in opposition to Sheffield United final weekend due to a goalkeeper error, and received a lucky late whistle that led to James Milner’s successful penalty in opposition to Leicester on Saturday.
Metropolis isn’t getting the identical breaks. Sunday marks the primary time Guardiola’s Metropolis has misplaced at residence within the Premier League earlier than December, and whereas Wolves is without doubt one of the higher groups in England, their protection has been shaky and their season off to a rocky begin. This can be a sport Metropolis actually ought to have received, and the actual fact they didn’t is loud sufficient with out Liverpool doing what they’re doing.
Credit score is as a result of guests, and questions are additionally as a consequence of Metropolis. How else are we alleged to really feel with the way in which issues are shaping up?
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