- Ruben Dias played a key role in Man City's crucial win over Liverpool
- The Citizens condemned the Premier League defending champions to their third straight defeat at Anfield
- Dias was however caught on camera dragging Zinchenko by the neck when the Reds were about to take a free-kick
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Manchester City star Ruben Dias sparked up reactions among the club fans after pulling Alexander Zinchenko by his neck in a bid to form a wall during their 4-1 triumph over Liverpool.
The 23-year-old centre-back while trying to arrange his teammates to defend the Reds' free-kick at the edge of his side's 18-yard box felt his colleague was not being urgent enough.
Pep Guardiola's men built a five-man wall with Zinchenko lying on the ground behind it but Dias decided to position the Ukrainian himself with a surprisingly brutal yank of the neck.
Zinchenko went along with his teammate as he did not say a word back to him, who already faced up to the free-kick with the score at 0-0.
Two super goals from Ilkay Gundogan and one each from Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden ensured the Reds suffered their third consecutive defeat at Anfield over the weekend.
Although Mohamed Salah got on the scores sheet from the penalty spot, his goal was however not enough to earn them at least a point in the end.
Meanwhile, Guardiola's men have opened a 10 points gap over the defending champions while Man United trail their city rivals by five points and not forgetting that City still has one match in hand.
The plan worked out effectively as the wall leapt high to deflect the goal-bound ball out for a corner.
Some of the fans were however thrilled at the strategy Dias used to get his teammate to fall into line with one saying:
"That's a power move if I have ever seen one."
"As if being the one laying on the floor isn't embarrassing enough."
And one viewer even remarked:
"Mike Dean says red card."
However, in spite of his cautiousness, the Portuguese was still found wanting after fouling Mohamed Salah for the penalty that made it 1-1 as reported by SunSport.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool were handed a 4-1 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday night January 7 and the Red’s boss Jurgen Klopp has stated that a top-four finish is what they will now chase.
Manchester City thrashed defending champions in a thrilling Premier League encounter at Anfield to open a five-point gap over second-place team Manchester United.
Liverpool remain fourth on the standings with 40 points, a massive seven off leaders City.