The question for the past few weeks now had been ‘would Manchester City go the entire Premier League season unbeaten’? The Citizens had won 20 out of 22 league games so far, and it was becoming a possibility. They had won at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, do it Anfield, and why not this season?
City fell behind after nine minutes, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired Liverpool ahead here. City responded five minutes before half time through Leroy Sane, but between the 59th and 68th minute, they would be 4-1 down, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah, the Fab Three all scored as City were ripped to bits. The visitors did grab two goals through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, but for the first time in 284 days, City tasted defeat on the domestic front.
While City’s loss seemed surprising, and a bit of a one-off, Real Madrid’s wasn’t. But it was worrying, as Los Blancos suffered a first ever home loss to Villarreal, Pablo Fornals grabbed the only goal for the Yellow Submarines, as Real slipped further behind the top of La Liga.
Meanwhile, Barcelona travelled to Anoeta to face Real Sociedad, a ground they haven’t won at in seven years, and it looked to be going that way when Willian Jose and Juanmi put the hosts 2-0 up. But goals from Paulinho, two from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi’s free-kick ensured a comeback for the leaders. They’ve played at the Mestalla, Metropolitano, Bernabeu, San Mames and Anoeta this season without losing. Now can they go the whole season unbeaten?
Elsewhere, Arsenal let a lead slip on their way to a defeat at Bournemouth, while Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at home to Leicester.
In France, Paris Saint-Germain were the only side in the top three to win, and extended their lead in Ligue 1 to 11 points, while Bayern Munich also increased their margin for error, in the Bundesliga, beating Leverkusen 3-1.
Atletico Madrid won by a lone goal at Eibar (shocked?), Dortmund were held by Wolfsburg, while Koln won in the Rhein derby to give themselves hope of survival, and Girona thumped six past Las Palmas in Spain.
Premier League: Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City; Chelsea 0-0 Leicester; Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal; Huddersfield 1-4 West Ham; West Brom 2-0 Brighton; Tottenham 4-0 Everton; Watford 2-2 Southampton; Newcastle 1-1 Swansea; Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley
La Liga: Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal; Alaves 1-0 Sevilla; Espanyol 1-1 Athletic Bilbao; Girona 6-0 Las Palmas; Getafe 1-0 Malaga; Eibar 0-1 Atletico Madrid; Real Sociedad 2-4 Barcelona; Levante 0-1 Celta Vigo; Deportivo 1-2 Valencia
Bundesliga: Leverkusen 1-3 Bayern Munich; Werder Bremen 1-1 Hoffenheim; Stuttgart 1-0 Hertha BSC; Hannover 3-2 Mainz; Augsburg 1-0 Hamburg; Dortmund 0-0 Wolfsburg; RB Leipzig 3-1 Schalke; Frankfurt 1-1 Freiburg; Koln 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Ligue 1: Nantes 0-1 PSG; Lyon 1-1 Angers; Montpellier 0-0 Monaco; Nice 1-0 Amiens; Dijon 1-1 Metz; Caen 0-1 Lille; Rennes 0-3 Marseille; Troyes 0-1 Bordeaux; St. Etienne 2-0 Toulouse; Strasbourg 0-2 Guingamp