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Foden: Job isn't done for City but confidence 'sky high' after thrashing Liverpool

By Sports Desk February 07, 2021

Phil Foden hailed Manchester City's "courage" after they inflicted a 4-1 defeat on champions Liverpool to take a significant step towards regaining the Premier League title.

Foden played a starring role as City extended their winning run to 14 matches in all competitions – a joint-record for top-flight clubs in England.

City had to stay patient after Ilkay Gundogan missed a first-half penalty, but their opener arrived when Alisson pushed Foden's shot to the feet of the Germany midfielder.

Mohamed Salah equalised from the penalty spot, Liverpool's first home league goal in 410 minutes, before glaring Alisson errors took the game away from Jurgen Klopp's side again.

Foden superbly set up Gundogan when Alisson gifted him the ball, then the goalkeeper played another slack pass to allow Bernardo Silva to find Raheem Sterling.

England international Foden had the final say with a fierce strike that made him the youngest player to score and assist against Liverpool at Anfield in a Premier League game.

Victory moved City five points clear of second-placed Manchester United and 10 ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand over both, but Foden urged calm.

"It gives us every chance to go on and win it now but the job isn't done," the 20-year-old told Sky Sports. "[There is] a long way to go – just hopefully keep putting points on the table.

"When you beat the champions, everyone's confidence goes sky high. We haven't won here for a bit."

Foden won 10 of his 15 duels, while earning four fouls, and added: "It's brilliant, every player wants to play in a big game like this; we showed our courage from minute one.

"They played a brilliant game, made it so difficult for us, but we showed our courage to play the football, even when we lost it, and in the first half we still carried on playing our game.

"In the end, it paid off. I feel at times we were the slower team to get going. It was definitely better in the second half, so it's something to work on, to start better."

Foden felt Alisson's errors came due to City's pressing, the Brazil number one the first Liverpool goalkeeper to make two mistakes leading to goals since Loris Karius in the 2017-18 Champions League final.

Alisson made only a single save, the Foden shot from which Gundogan pounced on the rebound.

"We forced the errors," Foden said. "It's something we've worked on in training, everyone worked for each other today, and you get your rewards for it."

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