Liverpool's Fabinho enjoying learning Jurgen Klopp's style of play

Silvia Morton
October 10, 2018

City are top on goal difference, with Chelsea second and Liverpool dropping to third, two points ahead of Arsenal, who routed Fulham 5-1 for their ninth successive win in all competitions. And, though his manager's words on the topic were admittedly vague, they did seem to play down the problem.

"It is not smart to dive in there", Van Dijk told Sky Sports. Can Hazard win Chelsea the Premier League 2018/19?

We have not seen that approach from Guardiola before, but if Riyad Mahrez's late penalty had gone in, his gameplan would have worked to perfection.

"The usual taker is Sergio Aguero but he wasn't there".

That made it a totally different game to their meetings last season.

The 32-year-old has been in exceptional form for Jurgen Klopp's side this season, having carried across his inspirational form that saw him help Liverpool to the Champions League final last term into the new campaign.

"It was an unbelievably intense period of fixtures, crazy".

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp congratulates Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, left after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool England Sunday Oct. 7 2018. (AP

"To keep a clean sheet after a penalty in the last five minutes makes me a very happy man", the £75m centre-half said. "But with this fixture list, I would definitely buy it". Liverpool could have lost the one point they gained if Mahrez didn't miss the penalty.

Arsenal are on a nine-match unbeaten streak and going into the winter session, Unai Emery will surely be hoping that his team can challenge for the Premier League title.

The Belgium forward played down title talk at this early stage in the season. In the league, City has clicked into gear and are already top of the Premier League table only dropping points away to Wolves at the end of August.

It has everything to do with the cultures both men have created at their clubs; as well as the differing levels of difficulty provided by their respective opponents.

Fabinho has provided an update on his transition into a Liverpool midfielder as Jurgen Klopp slowly introduces the Brazilian into life on Merseyside.

Mourinho came out fighting after the match, accusing his critics of staging a "manhunt" as the club slipped off the Premier League pace.

"It was so intense since the last worldwide break", he said after the game.

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