Last night, Liverpool played against Crystal Palace at Anfield. At the same time, defending champion Manchester City played against Southampton. However, Liverpool beat Crystal Palace, while Manchester City lost points against Southampton at Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool VS Crystal Palace
Liverpool welcomed Crystal Palace to their home ground Anfield. They beat the visiting team by 3-0 as Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, and Mo Salah scored one goal for each. Liverpool were the dominant team in this match. They created a lot of chances. As a result, Sadio Mane scored the first goal for Liverpool in the 43rd minute. Liverpool right-back Tsimikas crossed the ball into the box, and Mo Salah was there to head the ball. The Palace goalkeeper V. Guaita blocked Salah’s header, but failed to catch the ball. Sadio Mane was there to shoot the ball, and he did so. So, Liverpool took the lead just before halftime.
The second goal came from Mohammad Salah in the 78th minute. Liverpool center-back Virgil Van Dijk provided the ball to Mo Salah to score. The third and final goal came at the last minute of the match from the midfielder Naby Keita. It was another corner that Crystal Palace failed to defend. Tsimikas took the corner kick, and Naby Keita scored a terrific goal by volley. However, Crystal Palace didn’t create many chances. So after 90 minutes, Liverpool won by 3-0.
Manchester City VS Southampton
Manchester City again lost the points in the league. They host Southampton at Etihad Stadium. But they failed to score a single goal. Moreover, they could not take a single shot on target until 90 minutes. It was their lowest tally in the English Premier League since 2017. Manchester City took control of the match but failed to score. On the other side, Southampton defended very well. They did not give space to the Man City players. Both teams were unable to score. So, the match ended by 0-0. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said,
They had seven days to prepare, we had 10 minutes yesterday. The Premier League is 38 games and everyone is against everyone. But, it is not true for the teams who play in the Champions League. I would have loved to have more time to recover and be fresh, but today we didn’t have this freshness in our mind. I would not say in our legs, because we had four or five new players, but sometimes you have these days.