The pre-match talk to this blockbuster clash was dominated by tactical fouls and diving but any assumption that either team was rattled by the perceived attempt of mind games was quickly dismissed as both teams showed real intent from the first whistle.
Fabinho gave the reds the lead in the sixth minute just moment the visitors were left seething when Arnold was not punished for a seeming handball in the penalty box.
Football matches are shaped by little moments. City eased off the gas a tad, hoping VAR was going to be used for that handball incident.
If it had been given, game might have gone a different path, Instead, Liverpool attacked & scored a magnificent goal.
Mo Sallah soon doubled the lead, albeit it was subjected to another VAR controversy, but the goal stood and just after the break the man who has been at the center of diving accusation from Pep added the third.
This result goal will go a long way in deciding the fate of the Kop in their pursuit of the first league title in thirty years. Bernardo Silva’s 78th-minute goal giving the visitors hope of a revival, but in the end it was only a consolation.
Liverpool are unbeaten this season in the Premier League and they have an eight-point lead over Leicester and Chelsea but perhaps far more pleased for Jurgen Klopp and his men is the nine-point cushion they have over Pep’s troops.
Liverpool will face Crystal Palace after the International break while Man city have a mouth-watering tie against the in-form Chelsea.