The roof was lifted off Anfield as early as the sixth minute when Fabinho drilled the ball past Claudio Bravo from 30 yards, but the goal was shrouded in controversy as City thought they should have had a penalty moments earlier when the ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm in the penalty area.

VAR checked the incident, but the goal stood to bring another huge roar from the Anfield faithful.

It was not long before Anfield erupted again as Mohamed Salah headed home Andrew Robertson’s brilliant cross in the 13th minute to double the hosts’ advantage and they had a third goal six minutes after half-time, with Claudio Bravo failing to keep out Sadio Mane’s header at the back post.

Bernardo Silva’s low shot found the bottom corner 12 minutes from time, but it was too little too late for City, who now find themselves nine points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side in fourth.

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