It was a fantastic weekend to be a Kopite. Manchester City played Newcastle United in the early kick off at St. James’ Park and the Citizens only managed a draw against the Magpies. Shortly after, Virgil van Dijk nodded in a first half brace to secure a Liverpool win over Brighton at Anfield. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Phil Foden admitted that it is a ‘big challenge’ for Manchester City to catch Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s side went ahead shortly after the 20 minute mark but were pegged back just a few minutes later. Kevin De Bruyne thought that he had sealed the win for the visitors when he lashed in a spectacular volley with 10 minutes to go but Jonjo Shelvey netted an impressive goal of his own just before full time. After the Reds’ win against Brighton, the champions finished the day 11 points adrift.
Phil Foden told the Manchester Evening News:
“We are all gutted in the changing room…It’s not in our hands now [the top of the table]. All we can do is win every game, it’s going to be a big challenge for us.”
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The youngster is a firm favourite of the City fans, he is a local academy product and is tipped for a bright future at the Etihad. The Phil Foden comments about Liverpool do well to highlight how low the mood must be in the Blues camp given how far off the side are.
However, Liverpool need to ignore the outside noise and do exactly as Jürgen Klopp says – just take each game as it comes, don’t worry about any title race, don’t pay attention to quotes in the media – just win the next game.
The Reds would only have themselves to blame if they squandered this vast lead. Interestingly, it now looks as though Leicester City are Liverpool’s greatest threat in the Premier League title race.