Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Charlie Austin potentially facing ban for reaction to Manchester City fans

Charlie Austin potentially facing ban for reaction to Manchester City fans

The result saw Liverpool move into a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League table over second-placed Manchester City.

Liverpool go into 2019 seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, having conceded just eight league goals this season, while playing some of the best soccer in Europe.

City won 3-1 thanks to goals from David Silva and Sergio Agüero, either side of a James Ward-Prowse own goal, to cut the gap on Liverpool to seven points and improve on a run that had seen them lose three out of four games in the league. It's something that we've never had.

"We shouldn't focus too much on points at the moment, we know if we can play to our potential we are a good team", Kompany told City's website.

This approach proved effective against Manchester United, where an early blitz overwhelmed the Red Devils and stifled their attacking play.

"We have finished 2018 now pretty well and hopefully we can keep that going".

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"I am not the smartest person in the world but I am not an idiot either", he said, according to the Guardian.

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'It is normal for this to happen when you spend three to four months out injured - you come back in such a demanding period and you have a little bit of a problem.

But next up they face arguably their toughest assignment of the season with a trip to face City at the Etihad.

"We spoke about our responsibilities and what we are as a team and they did it today, and that was fantastic".

"We won't see a boring, tactical affair but I am anxious a little bit for City at left-back", Keown wrote in his column for BBC.

"It's a massive step and just what we needed", he said.

"The red card was the worst moment of the evening; it hurts us a lot, it's a silly tackle when the game is gone. We can not play that game and we don't".

The heavy loss at Anfield brought back memories of Arsene Wenger's tenure at the club when we'd regularly be on the receiving end of big defeats to our rivals away from home in recent years.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk claimed his half-time clash with Arsenal's Sokratis was sparked by the Gunners man accusing Mohamed Salah of diving to win a penalty.

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