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Premier League: 3 Things We Learnt as Liverpool Ease Past Manchester City in Convincing 3-1 Win

Liverpool cemented their position at the top of the Premier League table with a resounding 3-1 victory over defending champions Manchester City.

Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane gave the Reds much deserved three points. despite a late response from City, with Bernardo Silva pulling one goal back.

Jurgen Klopp’s men go into the international break nine points clear of Pep Guardiola's team, and they most certainly have one hand on the title right now.

Here are three things we learned as the Reds ran out 3-1 winners against the Citizens at Anfield:

3. VAR Continues to Steal the Headlines

For all the wrong reasons, VAR and match officials will be under the spotlight after this game. City were adamant that they should have been given a penalty with less than five minutes played when Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball in the box under pressure from Sergio Aguero.

But referee Michael Oliver waved away their protests and the home side took advantage of City’s momentary lapse of concentration to go up the other end through Fabinho's stunner. VAR bizarrely agreed with the referee’s decision, causing havoc on the pitch and the sidelines, with the official ruling being that the touch off of Bernardo Silva's arm cancelled the other handball.

VAR came to Liverpool's rescue again when it was deemed that Salah was onside before he headed home the second - a decision that had echoes of Sheffield United's goal against Tottenham on Saturday, which was ultimately ruled out. There was another potential handball incident involving Alexander-Arnold later on, which was also not given as a penalty.

2. Injury Woes Problematic for City

Ederson was the most glaring of absentees for the visitors last evening, and it was rather evident he was sorely missed. Claudio Bravo did his best between the sticks, but it wasn’t enough to keep the home side out. Ederson's ability to thwart counter-attacks quickly by stepping off his line and initiate attacks with his passing were sorely missed.

Guardiola's makeshift defence - which saw Angelino Tasende play at left-back, along with Fernandinho partnering John Stones in the centre - was also no match for the Reds' frightening attack and it ultimately proved crucial in this clash of the titans.

1. This Could Be Liverpool’s Year

Nine points clear at the top of the table. Not a single loss. Jurgen Klopp and co. can actually do this. It is only November and the Reds' boss refuses to talk about winning the league, but at the back of their minds, Liverpool know they’re on track to lifting the coveted Premier League trophy.

The loss puts City in fourth place, a point behind both Leicester City and Chelsea and they have plenty of work to do if they're going to close the gap. They will, however, also need help from other teams, if they are to have any shot at overhauling the Merseyside outfit.

 3 things we learned as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners against Manchester City at Anfield