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1st Jan, 2017 | 10:51am

Stan Collymore delivers critical verdict on Liverpool win against Man City

By Amir Mir

Stan Collymore hailed Liverpool for closing out the game during their 1-0 win over Manchester City but was critical of Pep Guardiola’s side for an average display.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored the only goal of the game with a magnificent header as the Reds defeated their title rivals at Anfield.

It was a laboured performance from both sides, but it was Jurgen Klopp’s men who recorded the much-needed three points.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who top the Premier League table, led the Reds by six points after they recorded a 13th straight win against Stoke earlier on in the day.

But it was the performances of Liverpool and Man City that Collymore offered his thoughts on as posted on his personal Twitter account.

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As a result of that win against City, Liverpool have opened up a four-point lead on the third-placed side, but that gap can be closed down by Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Arsene Wenger’s side host Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium, knowing a win could see them move to within three points of Klopp’s men.

The Merseyside club travel to the north east on Monday afternoon to take on relegation threatened Sunderland.

David Moyes’ side were beaten 4-1 at newly-promoted Burnley in their last fixture as his team have only picked up four wins in 19 league games.

By contrast, their soon to be opponents have won 13 of their 19 games, losing on just two occasions to Burnley and Bournemouth.

In other Liverpool news, this report details how this Reds ace has beaten Barcelona’s Neymar to this prestigious award.