Pep Guardiola Feels Premier League Could Even be Decided by Goal Difference

Pep Guardiola Feels Premier League Could Even be Decided by Goal Difference

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, believes the Premier League title race will go down to the wire this season, suggesting it could even be decided by goal difference in the end. 

Successive draws against Leicester City and West Ham United have left Jurgen Klopp’s leaders vulnerable at the top of the Premier League table. Before the clash at Leicester, Liverpool had the opportunity to extend their advantage to seven points. But two disappointing results have allowed Manchester City to move within just three points of the league leaders. 

The reigning champions will overtake Liverpool on goal difference if they get a positive result at the Goodison Park on Wednesday night. Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur — who have done commendably well to cope with the absence of Harry Kane — are also just five points off the summit. 

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With stakes so high and no margin for error, Guardiola feels the Premier League could end up being decided by goal difference.

“I’m pretty sure the winner will be the last fixture or the last two. I’m sure of that,” Guardiola told a news conference, as quoted by ESPN.

“The first message is to win the game and the second one is if you can score, score and if you can avoid to concede, do it. The Premier League could go to goal difference, I agree.”

Having already been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, Liverpool are guaranteed to play at least seven fewer games than Pep Guardiola’s side. Guardiola admits that the busy schedule could end up taking a toll on his players but is hopeful about riding the impending storm. 

“It takes a big mental effort to be consistent in every single competition when you know, if you lose one game, you can lose that competition. It demands a lot of stress,” he said, as per BBC.

“At the same time, when you get to March, the days are longer, the sun is out, the training sessions are in better conditions and you can take a coffee outside. If you are still in four competitions it is an extra plus because you realise you can do something special. But, right now, we are not in that position.”

‘Anything Can Happen’ – Pep Guardiola Claims Manchester City Can Still Catch Liverpool Despite Newcastle Upset

Pep Guardiola Claims Manchester City Can Still Catch Liverpool

Despite succumbing to a shock 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Newcastle United, Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, remains confident about chasing down Liverpool in the Premier League. 

The reigning Premier League champions were handed a surprising 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Tuesday night. City’s night started in the best possible manner, with Sergio Aguero putting them ahead just after 24 seconds of play – the fastest goal of the Premier League this season. They came agonizingly close to doubling their advantage going into the break, but David Silva’s header was cleared off the goal-line by Newcastle defender, Fabian Schar.

The hosts grew in confidence in the second half and finally punished City for their lack of sharpness up top. Salomon Rondon latched on to Isaac Hayden’s inviting ball into the area and dispatched an unstoppable shot past Ederson to restore parity. Newcastle were immediately pushed on the backfoot but continued to threaten in bits and pieces. Finally, in the 80th minute, came their moment of redemption. Fernandinho’s clumsy foul brought down Sean Longstaff inside the area, and the match official didn’t hesitate to point to the spot. Matt Ritchie, who played a pivotal part in Newcastle’s opener, stepped up to the plate and sent the St. James’ Park into a frenzy by dispatching a perfect penalty kick.

Speaking of the performance, Guardiola, as per BBC Sport, said:

“It was not our best night, we didn’t make a good performance. We didn’t take the rhythm of the game, it was slow and we weren’t aggressive enough. They didn’t do too much, two shots on target but it was not a good performance.”

“Sometimes scoring so early helps, sometimes it’s not so good. It didn’t help us play today. The referee said don’t take the free-kick it until I give permission so I don’t know [about the disallowed goal], it isn’t why we did not win. The game was not good. We did not defend the second ball well, we have to improve.”

“We had a chance today to reduce the lead. Tomorrow is a game for our opponent. When you are behind you have to win games and we couldn’t do that. I know the challenge is big, being in all competitions is what it is. If you want to go up as a club you have to accept that challenge. I prefer to be in that position.”

Liverpool, who take on Leicester City on Wednesday night, can open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. With just 14 games to play, a seven-point advantage could be decisive, but Guardiola believes City are still in the title race.

“Well, it’s a lot of points if they go on to win, but we are in January, it’s not April or May. There are still many games and anything can happen,” he said, as quoted by TalkSport.

“A lot of teams are playing many reasons, teams to stay in the Premier League, others to go to the Europa League, for the Champions League.”

“In our case, every game, we have to do our best to be there, try to not give up, move forward and try another time and another time,” he concluded.

‘Juventus, Bayern, and Barcelona are the Best Teams of the Last Decade’ – Pep Guardiola’s List has No Room for European Champions Real Madrid


Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, claims that Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Juventus have been the best three teams of the last decade. 

The former Barcelona man uncannily ignored Real Madrid, who have won four Champion League titles in the last five years, with three of them coming in as many years. Guardiola’s side, who managed a 5-0 win over Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, are alive and kicking in all four competitions this season. However, despite being in such a favorable position, the Catalan has always denied the possibility of winning an unprecedented quadruple in English football.

Following Saturday’s win, the reporters once again asked the Catalan about the prospect of winning a quadruple, but he chose to set his team an even tougher challenge.

“I’ve said many times,” Guardiola replied when asked about the prospect of bagging an unprecedented quadruple, as quoted by The42.

“I know you are so generous and thank you so many guys, but every time you make that comment we lose a competition. I think you provoke me in that way. It’s important now that at the end of January we are still there. At the big clubs, that is a big difference.”

“I’ve said many times: what are the best teams in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona. These are the three best teams in Europe. Why? Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there. Because they are the best.”

“We can — not get close to them, because it’s difficult – but imitate them. Being in the competition until the last stages. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes not, but be there. That’s what I want. Premier League, until the end. Carabao Cup final back to back? Chapeau, hats off to my players. Cup today, we win the game and get through. Prepare for Schalke (in the Champions League round-of-16). That is when you become a better team and a better club.”

“The best teams have to imitate these three teams, not the other ones.”

According to Guardiola, the best is all about being persistent, and he wants his side to be just the same.

He added: “When I said Bayern Munich, Juventus, Barcelona are the best, it’s because it doesn’t matter what happened before, they go again. That’s the most difficult thing. Win one title, two titles, that can happen. But that consistency, every three days for 11 months during 10 years, that’s what I respect and admire the most. That will be my dream. Every single game and competition we try to do that. And so far, we have done it.”

The reigning Premier League champions have been enduring quite a hectic schedule lately. Guardiola, however, has urged his team to enjoy the “privilege” of playing so many important matches.

He added: “When I prepared the schedule between Arsenal and Chelsea, we had eight days. Today I wake up and suddenly we play Everton in between. I cannot give a day off. We have a lot of games, so no way. It is what it is.”

“But at the same time, I tell them it’s a privilege. If you believe it’s a handicap, that’s a big mistake. It’s a privilege. When you are 35 years old you can have long holidays. No problem, you will be retired. Take a year for holidays. But for now, it’s a privilege. Take it, enjoy it. Next one, win again. The competition doesn’t matter. Friendly game? Win again. Play good, prepare well. That’s the only way. After, you work for the next season,” he concluded.

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: The Citizens revives the title race

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: The Citizens revives the title race

Manchester City beats Liverpool for the first time this season and revives everything in running the Premier League. 

Liverpool FC suffered their first defeat in the Premier League on Thursday when they suffered (2-1) in the mighty hands Manchester City 2-1. In case of a victory, the Reds could have ruined the Citizens aspirations, but Guardiola’s team eventually secured all three points.


The game was very important for both teams, but it was more urgent for Manchester City, who entered the field seven points adrift of Liverpool, leader of the English Premier League. The Reds, meanwhile, wanted to leave the Etihad ten points clear at the top, a distance that would certainly be very difficult to recover for the players of Guardiola.

Without many surprises, Manchester City had more possession but it was Liverpool, around 18 minutes, were literally millimeters away from the goal. A Sadio Mane shot hit Ederson’s post, and the ball remained very close to the danger zone. Citizens central defender John Stones tried to solve the problems but hit his goalkeeper, causing the ball to jump in the direction of the goal. With immense rapidity, the City guard turned and avoided the goal, inches from the line. Moments later, goal-line technology showed that the ball did not fully enter the goal by a hairline.

At the 40th minute, an insistent move by Bernardo Silva from the left helped the ball to reach Aguero. Without any angle, but with a lot of space due to lack of pressure from Lovren, the Argentine hit hard and beat Alisson for the only space where the ball could enter.

For a possible huge lead in the league, Liverpool equalized at the 64th minute, in a play between lateral defenses and finished by the spearhead. From the right, Arnold discovered Robertson with a great pass, and the Scotsman served Robert Firmino, who scored to make it 1-1.

Just as Liverpool were thinking about going for the three points, City restored their advantage thanks to Leroy Sane. The Germany international fired the ball into the bottom corner of Alisson’s goal, making this the first time Liverpool have conceded more than once in a Premier League game this season.

Liverpool tried well, even with several long balls in the final minutes, but failed to reach any positive result. They showed the urgency which had been lacking from their performance, but their balls into the box were easily defended by City. The champions held on to swing the title race momentum in their favor with a deserved victory.


The winner: Pep Guardiola

Champion of England title on the line. So Manchester City had no other choice but to win to keep their ambition going. It was also a vital test for the coach, Pep Guardiola. With these three points so precious, the Spanish coach was first not to plunge into many doubts while his team had been beaten twice consecutively during his last three outings at the end of December by Crystal Palace (2 -3) and Leicester (1-2). Then, for this first match in 2019, Guardiola was also able to send a message to his counterpart Jurgen Klopp in a head-to-head between two of the most highly rated technicians of the moment. With his organization rarely disturbed, a dry pressing all time, and decisive individualities, the former coach of Barca won his duel against Klopp, who never knew how to turn the tide even if the entry of Fabinho had influence in the game.


The loser: Sadio Mane

In the magic trio of Firmino-Salah-Mane, the last name is the one who disappoints the least, the one who never completely misses his objective. At Etihad Stadium, the Senegalese was not catastrophic, but he was not as lethal as expected. There is of course that could have changed everything in the 18th minute, his only opportunity in the match. Other than that, offensively, it was difficult to find the former player of FC Metz, well blocked by the Citizens. Another factor that did not help him, he was not properly concerned about his doings. For example, for his inadequate retreat during Sane’s decisive goal, Alexander-Arnold was far too lonely in the bunch of Man City footballers.


David Silva: The linchpin of Manchester City

David Silva: The linchpin of Manchester City

In eight years at Manchester City, David Silva has established himself as one of the stars of the Premier League. Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, his position to operate has evolved to have an even greater influence at the heart of the Citizens game.

“Silva is one of the best midfielders in Europe and I hope he will be a very important player for City. I’m glad he comes because I think he can have a big impact on the team.” That’s how Roberto Mancini, former Manchester City coach, reacted to David Silva’s arrival in June 2010. 359 games, 66 goals, and 117 assists later, the Spaniard became a “legend” of the Citizens.

David Silva is considered one of the most elegant players of English football, all times combined. For many fans, he’s the best player in City history. Triple winner of the Premier League – in 2012, 2014 and 2018, David Silva is only behind Vincent Kompany, the oldest player of the current squad. He has experienced the changes of coaches, the massive movements of players in each offseason. But he did not move.

He has even had a second life since the arrival of Pep Guardiola in Manchester in the summer of 2016. With his compatriot, he discovered a new role, more withdrawn. “Sometimes I play lower because I have to help in the construction, but Guardiola also gives me the freedom to attack and be close to the goal,” he analyzed a few months after the arrival of the Catalan in the columns of a British newspaper. He wants me to create opportunities, it’s something I really like. He gives me a lot of freedom and I am very happy in this role. In terms of how I like to play, it really helps me to have more players around me to combine,” he said last year.

Under Guardiola, David Silva has evolved significantly over the past two years. The repositioning in the wing alongside De Bruyne was the key. For Guardiola, there is no one who is better and as calm as he is with the ball, so to maximize his talent he has given it a central influence. Silva is an oasis of permanent calmness in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League. He never panics, he always has the time, the precision in his passes is amazing, and he always has this thing to create spaces with a small movement of the body or the shoulder, a little like Zinedine Zidane did it. The former Valencia player knows how to get out of perilous situations and be effective in small spaces. Some Premier League players have already told that the most demoralizing experience for them was trying to take the ball from Silva.

With age, Silva has improved his game, understood how to manage his efforts, use his experience to preserve himself and be decisive when he must be. “I think I learned to be more patient on the field, I tended to move a lot and want the ball everywhere, all the time. Guardiola taught me to stay in an area, to be more determined, and to wait for the ball to arrive so that we would be in a higher position,”  Silva told in a BBC interview.

David Silva’s experience allows him to develop other qualities, more human, beyond the pure sporting aspect. His leadership is not often mentioned, but his mentor like attitude for players like Phil Foden, the future of City, is paramount. Still, David Silva sometimes goes out of the radar, in the shadows of Kevin De Bruyne or Sergio Aguero. “I play the same way. Guardiola gave me advice because he has a certain way of playing. But I have my style and I put it in the service of the team,” he said. Silva is not the kind of player who likes to put himself forward, which sometimes prevents him from being appreciated at his true value.

Manchester City: The Best Club in the World?

Manchester City: The Best Club in the World?

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been so consistent and are probably the most entertaining team not only in the Premier League but in the World.

Manchester City, Surprise Surprise is two points clear on top of the table, unbeaten and has a +29 Goal Difference in 11 games. Phenomenal.
Pep Guardiola revolutionized Manchester City and played some of the most breathtaking and scintillating Football the Premier League has ever witnessed. Now, the 2017-18 Premier League Campaign is always going to be a special one for the Blue side of Manchester, a statement of intent that announced the rise of a new Global Football giant. 

What makes Manchester City even more special is the fact that they haven’t lost the intensity and swagger they discovered last Season despite having greater expectations to perform this year. But expectations and pressure don’t seem to be affected by any of it. If anything, The Defending Champions look hungrier this Season and despite a few Injury problems to Kevin De Bruyne, Claudio Bravo, and Vincent Kompany City are going strong. The “Cityzens” have scored the most Goals (33), Most Wins (9), Most Clean Sheets (7) and Most Shots (229). Even though Liverpool and Chelsea are unbeaten too and aren’t far behind, but at this rate, Manchester City may just run away with the title again.

One Peculiar thing that has happened this Season is that while Manchester City are going from Strength to Strength a lot of the “Big Clubs” around the World are not able to maintain their usual consistency. The Likes of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and even Barcelona to some extent haven’t lived up their ‘World Class’ status. But Manchester City, on the other hand, Have been absolutely phenomenal. It may be a long shot, but I think it’s safe to call Manchester City at least a contender at the “Best Club in the World” title.

The stats present itself and so do the results, Manchester City became Champions and were 19-points Clear in undoubtedly the hardest Top Flight League in World Football. They have started this Season in a similar fashion and may just run away with a title again. The only thing lacking from their repertoire of Achievements is that elusive Champions League Trophy. The “Cityzens” have a relatively young team and the fact that the Likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, and Kevin De Bruyne are already hitting top form works in their favour and gives them a lot more time to build that team that can dominate England and Europe for Years to Come.

Guardiola’s side can achieve all this and more. Like the Spaniard said in the Documentary ‘Manchester City All or Nothing’, “You need to Learn to play Football with Courage”, they are doing exactly that and this Courage can take them to true eternal Football Greatness.

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 1 Manchester City | A goal and an emotional night for Mahrez

Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1 Manchester City | A goal and an emotional night for Mahrez

Premier League Highlights: Manchester City beat Spurs 1 – 0 as former Leicester man Riyad Mahrez dedicated his winner to recently deceased Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Mahrez‘s early close-range goal gave Manchester City hard-fought victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley to send them back to the top of the Premier League whilst keeping Spurs at fifth place. 

Most of the pre-match discussions were about the state of the Wembley turf after the NFL fixture on Sunday. The stadium witnessed a period of silence when Last Post is played in tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in armed conflict as well as the unfortunate events that ensued in Leicester and the match kicked off shortly after.

Ederson‘s long ball created difficulties for Trippier, who failed to deal with the goalkeeper’s long punt, let Raheem Sterling ease into the box and find Mahrez who taps the ball into the net. The former Leicester player lifted his hands to the sky in celebration and pointed upwards emotionally, ultimately dedicating the goal to the Leicester Owner and Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his tragic death just a few days ago.

Harry Kane almost finds the equaliser almost instantly but his powerful shot flies just over the bar. Toby Alderweireld flicks an unmarked header straight at Ederson a minute later. At the other end, Mahrez’s attempt from a tight angle was pushed onto the post by Hugo Lloris.

David Silva missed a great chance to give City a two-goal cushion after the break, Bernardo Silva finds David Silva inside the 6-yard box and the Spanish midfielder strangely decides to take a touch and pass the ball, instead of tapping it in, to Sterling who fails to find the net from a tighter angle. Spurs withstood that attack and Pep Guardiola seemed extremely furious in the dugout. Sergio Aguero should have made it 2-0 as he curled a feeble effort at Lloris from 10 yards in space.

Tottenham were somehow still in the game with 10 minutes remaining but missed a great opportunity to level the score as Erik Lamela fired a shot over the bar from just 10 yards out with just Ederson to beat.

This result keeps City at the top of the table as they remain unbeaten in the league with 26 points out of a potential 30, while Tottenham stand five points behind in fifth place.

Manchester City host Fulham in the Premier League on Friday, 2nd November while Tottenham travel to West Ham in the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday, 1st November.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City | UEFA Champions League

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City | UEFA Champions League

Manchester City sealed a comfortable 3 – 0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Both David Silva and Bernardo Silva got their names on the scoresheet against Shakhtar. Aymeric Laporte also managed to score a header as Manchester City achieved a convincing win in Group F. The result moves City top of Group F after Hoffenheim managed to earn a 3 – 3 draw against Lyon.

Manchester City were the dominant side in the first half and should have scored a couple of goals early in the game due to the numerous chances they created.

Gabriel Jesus came close to opening the scoreline but was denied by goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov while Riyad Mahrez‘s strike beat the keeper but was excellently blocked by defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy. David Silva hit the woodwork from Mahrez’s cross and the rebound is thwarted off target by Jesus.

City were applying constant pressure and were finally rewarded at the half-hour mark when David Silva drilled a low volley past the keeper after Jesus’s shot was deflected skywards.

Just five minutes later Aymeric Laporte stooped above the others and directs a powerful header in the top corner. Gabriel Jesus almost made the score 3-0 as he fired a powerful shot which whizzed just over the bar right before the break.

City seemed more relaxed at the beginning of the second half but still managed to create a host of goalscoring opportunities when David Silva had his shot blocked and Mahrez just missed the target by inches.

Manchester City stopper Ederson was called into action for the first time as Ismaily hit a left-footed shot which was stopped at full stretch by the Brazillian keeper.

It was clear that City were going to add another to their tally as the chances kept on coming and they finally added a third when Bernardo Silva, who came on just 90 seconds ago, drove towards the box and found the net with a low drive which went in off the post om the 70th minute.

The Premier League champions were relentless as they kept on attacking with increasing vigor and Raheem Sterling rattled the bar in the dying minutes of the game.

Although more difficult tests lie ahead for Manchester City, this was quite a remarkable reaction to Guardiola‘s pre-match remarks about the team, claiming his side still lack “something special” to win the UEFA Champions League.

Manchester City travel to Tottenham on Tuesday, 30th October before facing Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Friday, 2nd November. Their next Champions League tie will be against Shakhtar again in the return fixture at the Etihad on Thursday, 8th November.

Manchester City 5 – 0 Burnley FC | Kevin De Bruyne returns at Etihad

Manchester City 5 - 0 Burnley FC | Kevin De Bruyne returns at Etihad

Premier League 2018/19 Highlights: Manchester City demolish Burnley FC at Etihad and De Bruyne returns from injury.

2017/18 Premier League Champions Manchester City looked as good as ever as they completely dismantled a Burnley FC side as they beat them 5 – 0. This is a side that has seen their form improved over the last two games. Raheem Sterling was given rest after he rediscovered his form with England and as it seemed City did not need him at all. With Pep Guardiola sending on the returning Kevin De Bruyne and also Phil Foden for cameos in the second half, everybody was happy in the Manchester City camp. The only possible complaint could be that Manchester City could have won by a much bigger margin. That was the extent of control that Manchester City had on the game. Although Mahrez and Sane added two late goals, Manchester city looked really good and the scary part for the opponents was that they could have gone on and got some more.

Sergio Aguero went into the game having scored six goals in six games against the Clarets and it only took him 17 minutes to make it seven in seven. Manchester City made most of the headway in attack through the left flank where the trickery of Silva, the pace of Sane and a certain Benjamin Mendy breached the Burnley backline with ease.

Pep has often complained that his side does not capitalize when they are on top and seemed furious at the end of the first half after Joe Hart saved a Silva header and Aguero missed an open goal from the rebound. The most promising Burnley ever looked throughout the game was in the first minute due to a Laporte error. Kompany, however, saw out the problem with a dangerously high tackle on Lennon that saw him go into the books early on and was probably lucky to stay on. 

The second half started with two quick goals that came in the form of Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho and confident that the game was safe, Pep sent on the returning Kevin De Bruyne for the last half an hour. This probably looked cruel to the Burnley fans and the team, although it was young Foden who impressed as he came on later during the game.  The youngster combined well with De Bruyne in the build-up play that led to Mahrez’s goal and had a big influence on the game. And as Sane added a late fifth from a Mendy cross, Hart was seen kicking the goalpost in frustration, although if anyone knew both these clubs well, it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise.

Liverpool 0 – 0 Mancity | Why were there no fireworks at Anfield?

Liverpool 0 - 0 Mancity | Why were there no fireworks at Anfield?

The match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield ended in a goalless draw, that failed to live up to the pre-match expectations of the fans. Manchester City came the closest to open the scoring when Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty five minutes from time, but apart from that, the match was a very cagey contest amid the early title race. So why exactly did the match between two title contenders and unbeaten teams fail to live up to our expectations?

High Stakes

The incredibly high stakes led to both teams playing with caution. This was the biggest match of the season so far simply because it was touted as the meeting between two teams who are expected to challenge for the title. The all-out attack – style of play of both Jurgen Klopp and Pep was hampered by the respect the teams have for one another, which led to a game that was low on excitement until the very end. But this was not really a surprise. 

When Liverpool played City in the league last year, City had a 15 point lead at the top of the table and the Premier League title was already starting to look like a procession. On the other hand, both teams today played like they didn’t want to give up any ground in the title race which lead to a cloak of caution surrounding Anfield. No Premier League match has had fewer shots in the first half – 3. This in contrast to the high-intensity game that almost everyone expected before kick off. 

An uncharacteristic but controlled City performance

After the game, Pep said that if you allow Liverpool to run at you, even the best teams will struggle. But City were looking for attacking options, but this time it was more conservative and by far the most assured display from a Guardiola side at Anfield.  They slowed the game down and silenced the otherwise ecstatic Anfield crowd for most parts of the game, a performance that was controlled. Liverpool as a result failed to get a shot on target for the first time since 2017 in the first half of a Premier League game. But Manchester City were shackled too.  A David Silva shot was the only shot on target for city in the first half too. It may not have been the free-flowing City that has carried it all before it – but it was a more nuanced tactical approach designed to avoid the carnage of last season at Anfield and almost resulted in a crucial victory.

The front three fail to fire again

The Liverpool front three were certainly not at their best on Sunday. Pep played out his cards beautifully and covered all aspects of keeping them at bay. Last season, the three forwards played 150 games in all competitions scoring a remarkable 91 goals, with Salah getting 44, Firmino 27, and Mane 20. So far this season they have played 24 games in all competitions and scored nine. There is too much talent for the three to have an impact on Liverpool’s title run as the season goes on, but they are yet to find their feet. Their time will surely come again – and when it does Liverpool’s title aspirations will carry even greater weight.