Ederson: Beating Liverpool a matter of life or death

first_imgEderson has admitted that it was win or bust for Manchester City against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium last week when Pep Guardiola’s men rose to the occasion.City secured a hard-fought 2-1 home victory against the Reds which closed the gap at the top of the Premier League table to just four points, with 17 matches remaining.Defeat would have seen the 2018 winners fall 10 points behind their rivals but the title race has now been blown wide open, with Tottenham also in the hunt, sitting two points further back in third. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Goalkeeper Ederson has confessed that the team were under pressure to produce the goods against Liverpool in front of their own fans and he hopes that now they can maintain that high level of performance until May.”For us, it was a matter of life or death,” Ederson told Sky Sports. “We knew the circumstances around the game – drawing or losing was not an option. We only contemplated winning, and we did a great game.”It was our best game in the Premier League so far, and hopefully we will continue at the same level as of now.”City have won their last four games in all competitions to bounce back from a disappointing December, with a home clash against Wolves up next on Monday.Ederson will retain his place between the sticks after a strong first half of the season, despite coming under the microscope at times for his unorthodox style in possession.The Brazil international often shows off flashes of skill and takes risks in dangerous positions, with one ‘no-look’ pass against Southampton recently the subject of intense scrutiny.He went on to reveal that his team-mates were not impressed by his antics that day, but he stands by his methods.”It was a play during the game,” Ederson continued. “The forward was pressing high and it was over very quickly. It was my only resource at that time and I executed it well”I got into the dressing room and my team-mates are telling me ‘why did you dare to do that when we were 1-0 up?”I told them that you need to have that personality and that calm as well and luckily it worked out very well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more