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Richard Buxton: Liverpool can thrive without Coutinho

Richard Buxton: Liverpool can thrive without Coutinho

Georginio Wijnaldum has urged Liverpool to replicate the performance that saw them beat Manchester City at Anfield in every game for the rest of their season.

Anfield has long provoked a sense of dread for City, who last won at the Merseyside ground in May 2003, and they collapsed under an unsustainable weight of individual errors as Liverpool ran amok after half-time.

Liverpool's front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah showed there is life and goals after Coutinho, all scoring in the space of nine second-half minutes after Leroy Sane cancelled out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener. "There were lots of GIFs and memes coming out over his first few games".

"This was a historical game you will talk about in 20 years because it looks like City will not lose another one this year", he said.

Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp, left, shakes hands with Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield Stadium, in Liverpool, England, Sunday Jan. 14, 2018. All credit to the opponent, we know how hard it is against a Juergen Klopp team, so aggressive, at Anfield too. A place in the Champions League last-16 was already secured after five wins from their opening five matches while their first game in the FA Cup was still more than two weeks away.

"Once it all calms down I'm sure we'll get the analysis out and see what we could do better for all three goals and if we look at that we can try and cut out the mistakes".

For supporters of Liverpool there was the elation of seeing their side make a powerful statement in their first match following Philippe Coutinho's departure, deservedly defeating the runaway league leaders after a 22-match unbeaten run.

Predicted Stoke starting XI vs Manchester United
Predicted Stoke starting XI vs Manchester United

So credit Guardiola for sticking to his guns and trying to outgun a side who have not lost at home in the league this season and, before yesterday, had conceded just four goals.

Despite the loss, City (62 points) still have a whopping 15-point advantage over second-placed Manchester United. "It may be the only game City lose this season because they are so strong".

Emre Can's believes Liverpool's destruction of Manchester City sent a message around Europe - as he insisted no decision has been made on his future.

Kyle Walker's brilliant pass beat Joe Gomez and Sane, having controlled the ball superbly with his chest, fizzed a shot past Loris Karius's weak attempted save at his near post.

The German midfielder says Pep Guardiola's team will absorb the lessons of a insane 10-minute spell when they conceded three goals from their own mistakes in the 4-3 thriller against Liverpool.

Guardiola's team appeared to be in control after the break before Liverpool's goal glut. The good thing is that we tried, even in that period, to play our football but unfortunately we were not 100 per cent there.

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