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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum puts Manchester City's success down to luck ahead of Anfield clash

Mirror logo Mirror 13/1/2018 Simon Mullock

Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists Manchester City are not only the best team in the Premier League – but also the luckiest.

Wijnaldum believes Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed a big slice of good fortune when Sadio Mane was sent off in Liverpool's 5-0 defeat at the Etihad in September for a high challenge on Brazilian keeper Ederson.

And he also feels circumstances have once again gone their way, ahead of today's return at Anfield, following Philippe Coutinho’s £142million departure to Barcelona.

Wijnaldum said: “City have been very consistent and haven’t given any games away. But I also think they have had more luck this season.

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“They have scored a lot of goals in the last minute, which has given them confidence.

“And, until the red card in Manchester, our game was very close. It was an accident by Sadio – and sometimes the referee gives a red card or just a yellow.

“So, in that situation they were lucky.

“Of course, it was not lucky that they then scored five goals, but we did a few things wrong where they could show their quality.

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“Now we play them again without Coutinho and I think every top team is probably happy he has left to join another team in another country.

“So that’s lucky for them again. That’s how it is. But we must not think a lot about it because we can’t control it.”

Wijnaldum was the match-winner when Liverpool beat City 1-0 at Anfield just over a year ago. It was the Manchester club’s fourth successive defeat on Liverpool soil and they are yet to win in 10 games since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover.

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Liverpool FC via Getty Images

City have won just two league games in front of the Kop in the last 65 years.

Wijnaldum said: “Players don’t really care about the history of this fixture because every game is a new game. I think City now have a better team than they once did.

“Having said that, last season was an excellent game – not just for me, but for all of us. We played very well against a good team and I was lucky enough to score the winning goal.”

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