Manchester City beat Everton 3-1 on Saturday, but Liverpool’s win over Manchester United by the same scoreline means they remain second in the Premier League table.
The reigning champions outclassed their Merseyside opponents but were unable to rely upon their closest and most bitter rivals as the red half of Liverpool also dominated proceedings.
A brace from Gabriel Jesus, including a smart close-range finish followed by a thumping header beyond Jordan Pickford, seemed to have made the game safe before Dominic Calvert-Lewin through the game wide open.
The u20 World Cup winner’s flicked header nestled in the far corner and put Everton right back in the game and the visitors created further chances before senior international Raheem Sterling sealed the three points once and for all.
City dominated wide areas for the entire 90 minutes and, after creating the opening goal down the left flank, the champions resorted to type; Leroy Sané’s wicked cross was met by Sterling whose firm header left Pickford once more.
Jesus hadn’t scored in the last 11 league games, but the Brazilian forward, who has extended his contract with City until 2023 earlier this season, has recently been joined in Manchester by his mother and the striker says she has helped give him a new lease of life.
“My confidence is back because my family is here with me,” said the 21-year-old.
“They help me a lot. It is easy for me because they are everything. I need my family in this moment.”
Despite the victory, however, the Cityzens stayed top of the Premier League for a mere twenty four hours as a Xherdan Shaqiri brace sealed all three points for Liverpool in a rather routine win over Utd.
Although they aren’t sitting at the Premier League summit, City are at least back to winning ways in the league and another huge plus is that Kevin de Bruyne, who hadn’t played since the first week of November, came off the bench to give the home fans further reason to cheer.