The disappointing Salah was replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri as Liverpool chased their equaliser, and the Switzerland worldwide promptly side-footed wide with the goal gaping after Andy Robertson had capitalised on Alonso's slip.
Arsenal extended their winning run against Watford, while West Ham registered a rare Premier League win against Manchester United.
Paul Pogba was also under the spotlight after being stripped of the vice-captaincy by Mourinho in midweek and a frosty training ground exchange between the pair on Wednesday.
"They need the guy up front whether it's [Olivier] Giroud or [Alvaro] Morata - for me both of them are not really on form - to nick that goal to give the other guys that momentum to get into the game so it doesn't all depend on Hazard".
"As for Man City, I watched them against Lyon and you think something might be wrong and then they go and put on a show against Cardiff".
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"It was a big goal", he told BT Sport.
City could have had many more goals, but had to wait until 25 minutes from time when Aguero slotted home after a neat one-two with Sterling.
"We thought West Brom was a good idea for him to get minutes under his belt again, and when he came back, he was an option for us".
Tottenham moved into fourth as Harry Kane scored twice in nine first-half minutes to easily see off struggling Huddersfield.
And Sturridge had kind words for the shot-stopper following the game.
Pedro, now injured, is perhaps Sarri's best hope, but again, he can not be relied upon to score 15-20 goals.
While Hazard's slide was on display on Wednesday, after the Belgium worldwide scored a superb solo goal against Liverpool in the EFL Cup, the 27-year old is ready to give up the move.