Liverpool were lucky to beat Man City in Premier League showdown, says Rodri
The Spaniard feels the Reds benefitted from the rub of the green in a crucial clash at Anfield, which left the champions down in fourth spot
The Spaniard feels the Reds benefitted from the rub of the green in a crucial clash at Anfield, which left the champions down in fourth spot

Liverpool were fortunate to emerge with all three points against Manchester City on Sunday, according to Rodri, who felt the visitors "were much better" than their opponents on the day.

Jurgen Klopp's men secured a 3-1 win against the reigning Premier League champions thanks to goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, extending their lead at the top of the table in the process.

Fabinho's fierce drive gave the Reds the lead after six minutes, with VAR allowing the goal to stand despite City's calls for a penalty at the other end for an alleged Trent Alexander-Arnold handball.

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Salah doubled the home side's advantage seven minutes later, heading home a beautifully flighted Andrew Roberston cross-field pass, despite City's protests that the Egyptian was fractionally offside.

Mane's 51st-minute header all but sealed the three points for Liverpool, with Bernardo Silva's late effort proving to be nothing more than a consolation for Pep Guardiola's outfit.

City must now make up a nine-point gap if they are to retain their Premier League crown come May, but Rodri was left feeling hard done by after the result on Merseyside.

“I think we were much better overall," the Spanish midfielder said. "We created more chances than them, but they arrive to our goal three times and scored three goals.

“We are leaving with a bittersweet feeling, because we wanted to win. I don’t think they have been much better than us, but they have scored the chances they had.”

Rodri went on to express his belief that luck has played a huge part in Liverpool's rise to the summit, while alluding to the controversial refereeing decisions which went against City at the weekend.

“They are very strong at the moment and they are having everything right,” he said. “We have been brave, we have tried during the 90 minutes, we never gave up. We have had to face several blows along the game.”

When asked if City's title defence was in ruins after a third defeat of the 2019-20 campaign, Rodri added: "Absolutely not. This team has shown it many times before, has won the Premier League two seasons in a row and that isn’t a coincidence. This team has earned the respect and [deserve to still] be considered in the title race.

“Last season, the team was seven points behind and it could have been 10 in case of losing [at Southampton], and they managed to win the league in the end. We are in November. There is still a lot of games left.”

City will be back in Premier League action after the international break, with Chelsea due to arrive at the Etihad Stadium on November 23.

Guardiola will then prepare his side for a Champions League group-stage meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk three days later, before taking in a trip to Newcastle the following weekend.

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