Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s two horrendous mistakes left Liverpool’s title defense hanging by a thread as Manchester City won 4-1 at Anfield.
The ultra-consistent goalkeeper gave the ball away to Phil Foden, who brilliantly set up Ilkay Gundogan for his second goal of the day, with the score at one and 17 minutes left.
Alisson gave the ball directly to Bernardo Silva in the box three minutes later and the Portuguese midfielder impudently scooped the ball over Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool keeper to nod home on the goal-line.
With a fearful strike seven minutes from time, which powered through the hands of the Brazilian stopper en route to the roof of the net, Foden put more gloss on the win.
Earlier, after Sterling has been felled in the only memorable incident of a drab first half, Gundogan missed a spot-kick before the German midfielder made netting improvements from close range after Alisson made a strong save from the low shot of Foden.
As he scored a spot-kick after being pulled down by Ruben Dias, Mo Salah put the hosts back on even terms.
Liverpool, in fourth place after losing to City at home for the first time since 2003, is now 10 points behind City leaders who have played a game more.
A magnificent player is Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Premier League has seen as good a passer from the right flank as David Beckham and the most dangerous attack right back, but he was humiliated by Raheem Sterling in two of the game’s three crucial moments.
He may as well have been a traffic cone with all the resistance he gave to his fellow England international when the City number seven cut in from the right flank before he was brought down for the penalty and set up Foden for the attempt at goal that led to Gundogan’s opener.