Steven Gerrard: Rangers have blown the title race wide open


The on-loan Liverpool winger, who played the full game, helped his team on their way to three points with the opening goal three minutes into the encounter at Ibrox. Why should our fans have to protect our bus?

It was feared the Belgian could be out for three months after suffering a knee injury in August. Benjamin Mendy is also fit for the game, and the return of the French worldwide is another positive for Pep to ponder in his team selection.

The general pattern from the recent fixtures between these sides (and from matches in general when Klopp faces a possession-based team) is that Liverpool start well because of their energetic pressing, but City play their way into the contest gradually. We don't save lives, we are only good at football.

As for Manchester City, they were the only Premier League side to register a victory in the Champions League midweek with a narrow 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

"He had the courage to take the penalty, in training he shoots flawless penalties, but sometimes it happens", City manager Pep Guardiola said.

"Physically we're competing with them and if they want to have a war with us we're having a war and the lads are also showing incredible quality on the ball".

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Last season's two Premier League games brought 12 goals, with City taking the first 5-0 and Liverpool getting their own back with a 4-3 win at Anfield. Liverpool can make a statement tomorrow if they can beat Pep Guardiola's side.

"We are not bad in a few other things and that's why we were not the most comfortable opponents for City but that means nothing for Sunday".

The former Gers number 10 showed in glimpses that he was capable of becoming a real player for Rangers, but failed to turn those moments into proper consistent form.

"We got sloppy at the end and a little bit complacent and we lost a little bit of energy, but I think it's normal in the circumstances". If we don't entertain the people why are we playing then? I am completely relaxed.

Liverpool came into the match unbeaten in 17 home games against Manchester City in all competitions but the atmosphere was flat at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp's team have now gone four games without a win.

But for one reason or another, Aguero is yet to score at the home of Liverpool in nine appearances for both Manchester City and Atletico Madrid. "It will be hard work, no problem with that, everybody knows it".