First-half goals from Fabinho and Mohamed Salah were added to by Sadio Mane shortly after the restart, and the Reds saw it out despite a late response via Bernardo Silva.

Fabinho’s rocket

Liverpool’s No.3 doesn’t score often.

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Indeed, Fabinho’s tally for the club before the clash with City stood at precisely one – a late header to wrap up a comfortable home win last Boxing Day.

But when a clearance fell to him outside the area in the sixth minute and the crowd urged a shot from distance, he obliged with a hit of supreme accuracy.

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Using the City defenders between him and goal as a guide, Fabinho walloped a perfect strike inside the left post to announce lift-off for Liverpool.

The blast was the Reds’ ninth goal from outside the box in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League side.

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