Liverpool‘s win over Brighton and Hove Albion would have hurt Manchester City, according to former player and current TV pundit Michael Owen, considering they got the victory from a single goal via a penalty.
The Reds were blunt in attack in their game against Brighton and it looked like they would end up getting only one point from the game, giving City the chance to cut down the lead further.
However, the spot kick gave Liverpool all three points and a seven point lead over City at the top of the table, and Owen thinks that would have hurt Pep Guardiola.
Owen told Premier League Productions: “1-0s, 1-0s, 1-0s, they hurt the opposition.
“When Manchester City are watching, ok if Liverpool go and win four or five then fine, they’ve won. But when it’s 1-0 it just hurts that little bit more.
“They will have been watching the results coming in all day today and I think that’s hurt them.”
Liverpool were in dire need of a win, having lost to City in the Premier League and to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup. The Reds were blunt in attack and it was only a penalty they earned after Pascal Gross tackled Mohamed Salah in the box.
City will need to get all three points against Wolverhampton Wanderers if they are to ensure the deficit remains only four points, but they will have their task cut out for them, considering they had dropped their first points of the season against the same team in the return game.