Tottenham may have gone up a goal thanks to a fortunate deflection in the first minute of their match against Liverpool, but the reality was that there was only ever one side playing to win—and deserving to win—at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
That side were Liverpool. And, in the end, they got the goals that their strong and largely dominant performance deserved. It may have taken until the 52nd and then 75th minute, but they kept pressing until they rightly secured all three points.
“I thought Liverpool were superb in the game,” reflected former Red and current Sky pundit Jamie Carragher following the 2-1 victory. “At no time did I think Liverpool weren’t going to win. When we went on at half-time I said Liverpool will still win this.
“As soon as they got one they would get, if that goal came by 70-75 minutes, I thought they would go on to win the game. Liverpool were just the better team. They steamrolled them. That’s a Liverpool performance. Man City don’t win games like that.”
Whether or not Manchester City are capable of grinding out a result like Sunday’s against Tottenham, the reality is at the very least that’s not how Liverpool’s title rivals approach their games—and they have stumbled this season when pressed.
Often, how City approach games might even leave the average viewer more impressed—or perhaps wondering how exactly it is that this Liverpool is in with a real chance of beating England’s richest team to the 2019-20 Premier League title.
The results, though, speak for themselves. City, for all their eye-catching flair, have been shown to have a certain fragility when things haven’t gone well for them this year. Liverpool, on the other hand, have been Jürgen Klopp’s mentality monsters.
“Man City win games differently and they look better on the eye,” Carragher added. “You think that City are a better team when you watch them in terms of how they play and the chances they create, but actually playing against Liverpool is non-stop.
“So Liverpool don’t have [Kevin] De Bruyne in there, and they get their creativity from the fullbacks, but it’s just non-stop. They must be an absolute nightmare to play against.”