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Liverpool's thrashing of Manchester City shows signs of progress under Jurgen Klopp

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Following the weekend's set of Premier League fixures, a new and unexpected team now sit atop of English football.

Leicester City now lead the way with 28 points, followed by Manchester United with 27 and former leaders Manchester City and Arsenal on 26.

But most importantly, it was Liverpool's resurgence that gave Leicester the opportunity to seize first place due to a 4-1 thrashing of the Citizens at the Etihad on Saturday.

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The Reds outplayed, outmanned and outgunned City throughout the course of the game. 

Eliaquim Mangala's own goal put Liverpool in such a position that they would dominate the pace of the game, before superb team goals finished off by Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino accentuated their dominance soon after.

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Winning 3-0 come the half-time break, the Reds took full control and never looked back despite a beautiful goal by Sergio Aguero in the second half.

Martin Skrtel added insult to injury late on with a thumping effort from a corner, blasting the ball past Joe Hart, who had no choice but to watch the ball fly fiercely past him.

Liverpool's performance was unquestionably their best of the season and perhaps the turning point that fans were waiting for under the tutelage of German Jurgen Klopp.

The Anfield outfit has shown remarkable signs of progress under the former Borussia Dortmund manager, and although he suffered his first loss as boss against Crystal Palace two weeks ago, his side bounced back in extraordinary fashion.

Everyone at Anfield expects the team to play like this regularly and make the push towards earning a UEFA Champions League spot for next season. The Reds, a staple in Europe's elite competition, have their sights set on rebounding from a terrible start under ex-manager Brendan Rodgers, who had many fans extremely unhappy with his tactical decision making and poor results because of it.

Players have responded well to Klopp, especially Coutinho. The Brazilian has been the driving force behind the side's attack, having scored twice in Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and contributing with a goal of his own during the City victory.

The victory saw Liverpool rise to ninth with 20 points, but could go as high as fifth next week given that Tottenham sit just one point ahead. 

There is hope for Liverpool to bounce back this season - and quite possibly, the "Normal One" could soon before Liverpool's very own "Special One".

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