The Brazil striker netted decisively in the Champions League triumph against Olympiacos.
Gabriel Jesus has set his sights on Liverpool after making a goalscoring go back to action for Manchester City.
The Brazil striker came off the bench to turn Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Olympiacos at the Etihad Arena decisively in City’s favour.
It was the 23-year-old’s first appearance since suffering a thigh injury in the opening game of the season and the first time in 3 games City have actually had a professional centre forward on the field.
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That ought to provide Pep Guardiola’s side a lift for what Jesus views as a crunch clash against champions Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.
“It’s a very important game for us,” statedJesus “It’s a direct conflict against the leader of the table.
“We need to be very focused, especially playing at home. We need to play our way and try to win the game. We need to win those three points if we want to aspire to win the Premier League again.”
City were labouring against the Greek champions prior to Jesus’ 70th-minute intro altered the game.
Ferran Torres had actually offered City a 10th-minute lead with his 3rd Champions League goal in 3 games however Olympiacos threatened an equaliser after the break.
Jesus ended the visitors’ hopes by lashing a shot into the roofing system of the net from a tight angle after 81 minutes and Joao Cancelo concluded a lovely 3-0 win in the eleventh hour.
The result kept City’s three-point lead at the top of Group C and kept them well on course for a place in the knockout phases, where they will wish to enhance on last season’s frustrating quarter-final exit.
Jesus stated: “I think all the clubs wish to win the Champions League. You need to have something extra to win it. We are developing that extra element you need.
“Every season we wish to win it and we fight for it. It didn’t work in the last few seasons, but in football and in life, you always have another chance. This year, we have another opportunity to win it.”
With Sergio Aguero sidelined together with Jesus in recent weeks, Torres has acquitted himself well as a makeshift striker.
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— Ferran Torres (@FerranTorres20) November 3, 2020
The 20-year-old winger was deemed a replacement for Leroy Sane when he showed up from Valencia in the summer however his flexibility has been an unanticipated bonus offer for Guardiola.
Torres stated: “I started playing as a right winger however recently I have actually been rotating it with playing as a left winger or number 9.
” I feel comfy in any of the 3 positions at thefront The only thing I desire is to keep playing, so it does not matter to me in which position.
“I’m very happy for having been able to score in the first three European games with Manchester City.”