Liverpool were handed their first defeat in the Premier League this season by defending champions Manchester City at the Etihad
The game ended 2-1 in favour of the home side. Sergio Aguero put the Cityzens ahead via his brilliant finish from a tight angle. Roberto Firmino then equalized for the league leaders on the 64th minute via is header into a virtually empty net. German winger Leroy Sane then produced an accurate finish to send the home side ahead for the second time on the 74th minute. Manchester city were then able to hold on to secure all three points and in the process, defeat the only unbeaten side in the Premier League. The victory put Manchester city right on track in the title race, as it cut short Liverpool’s lead at the top from 7 to 4 points. Former Reds forward and club John Aldridge insisted that Liverpool need to replace ‘weak link’ Dejan Lovren,
“This is not a moment for Liverpool to hit the panic button, but I would urge the club to consider making a move in the transfer market that could allow them to fit the final piece of a title-winning jigsaw into place,” Aldridge said.
“Dejan Lovren was a weak link in the defence once again as Jurgen Klopp’s men lost their first Premier League game of the season at Manchester City on Thursday. And I suspect the Croatian will need to be replaced sooner rather than later if this team are to turn potential into success.”
“We have seen the impact made by Virgil van Dijk since his £75m arrival last January and I wonder whether a move for a powerhouse defender like Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could give Klopp’s side the bit they need at the back.”
“Top-quality opposition continue to get joy out of targeting Lovren, as he as a tendency to lose concentration and this is why I believe Van Dijk needs an A-list defensive partner.”
Aldridge certainly makes a fair point, as Lovren was arguably Liverpool’s worst performer in the crunch clash. Liverpool are still in the pole position for the title and they need to make sure that this does not hinder their challenge again.