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Firmino equalised during the crucial game with Man City on Thursday night..

Clip shows the incredible Liverpool build-up to Roberto Firmino's goal vs Man City

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Liverpool missed the opportunity to go ten points clear against Manchester City on Thursday night.

Billed as the biggest game of the Premier League season so far, the Reds arrived at the Etihad Stadium with an unbeaten record and, in the opinion of some, could have killed off the title race.

However, competition for the league title is still very much alive with the Citizens grabbing themselves a 2-1 victory. 

It didn't arrive under easy circumstances, though, with Liverpool coming an agonising 1.12 centimetres away from taking the lead after John Stones' miraculous goal-line clearance.

That dramatic moment then paved the way for Sergio Aguero to fire City into the lead, beating Alisson Becker from what seemed an impossible angle.

Man City 2-1 Liverpool

Fast forward to the second-half and Leroy Sane would eventually score the winner, sending the home support into delirium with a neat finish across goal.

In between those two strikes and Liverpool gave themselves hope through Roberto Firmino but it lasted for all of eight minutes.

So, for many, the Brazilian's diving header will simply go down in the history books as a consolation goal and momentary hope for the travelling support.

Manchester City v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Full build-up to Firmino's goal

However, new footage suggests that would be a gross injustice.

Although Liverpool fans were more than aware of the fantastic play between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, it was a much better team goal than many have remembered.

That's because an exhaustive clip of Liverpool's build-up to the goal has been posted on Twitter and regardless of the disappointing result, it has Kopites applauding the football.

It was, after all, the type of passing move that Pep Guardiola would have been proud of himself.

Appreciate Firmino's goal in all it's glory down below:  

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is passing football.

Starting with Jordan Henderson winning the ball in the right-back position, Liverpool were able to 'move around' their opponents with snappy build-up play.

Both full-backs deserve all the praise they were given for the goal but Fabinho was also instrumental, playing an outrageous long ball to Firmino that could have ruined the whole move.

However, not a single Liverpool player put a foot wrong and the Reds managed to tally up 14 passes before they found the back of the net.

Manchester City v Liverpool FC - Premier League

At the end of the day, though, it wasn't enough to overcome the Citizens and they'll need to maintain they composure ahead of a relentless title race.

There's still five months to go and the final result is anybody's guest.

But regardless of the outcome, Liverpool's goal at the Etihad Stadium won't be any less brilliant.

Who do you think will win the league this season - City or Liverpool? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
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Trent Alexander-Arnold
Andy Robertson
Roberto Firmino
Premier League
Manchester City
Liverpool

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