Southampton 1-3 Manchester City: Citizens go second in Premier League with vital win over Saints


Southampton 1-3 Manchester City: Citizens go second in Premier League with vital win over Saints

A much-improved Manchester City got their pivotal Premier League encounter with Liverpool after securing a 3-1 win over ten-man Southampton at St Mary’s.

Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, as well as James Ward-Prowse’s own goal helped Pep Guardiola’s side put an end to their barren run of defeats too.

City are seven points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fired a fine first-half goal for Saints, only to be sent off late on for a two-footed tackle.

City hit back from defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester with ease, reclaiming second place and cutting Liverpool’s Premier League lead to seven points.

The travelling City fans chanted “We’ll fight to the end” in a warning to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp to avoid any premature title expectations.

And this comfortable south-coast victory now hands the reigning champions the chance to test Liverpool’s resolve when the league’s top two teams meet at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.