Sensational Kevin De Bruyne inspired the Citizens to a 5-0 win against Liverpool.
Both Manchester City and Liverpool started the game strong as they tried to press their opponent early from the very first minutes. The game was an open one and both sides were trying to utilize the speed of their squads respectively. The best chance in the first 20 minutes of the game was for Liverpool. Jordan Henderson passed the ball to Firmino who was lurking at the back post, but the Brazilian’s touch was not good enough neither for a shot nor for a pass to Mane. The next good situation was once again for the Reds as Salah got away from Otamendi and had plenty of time to get into a good position and make a key pass, but the Egypt international simply passed the ball to Ederson. Salah had another great chance to create something dangerous as he got himself into a great position against City’s keeper but his finishing was once again poor.
Despite Liverpool’s early advances, it was the Citizens who took the lead in the game. Guardiola’s team pressing proved fruitful for City as they won the second ball into the centre of the pitch, De Bruyne then passed to Aguero who got away from the Liverpool’s centre-back duo and calmly put the ball into the back of the net in a one versus one situation against Mignolet. The notable things in the opening goal of the game were once again the problems in Liverpool’s defense as Klavan and Matip were not standing in a line, with Klavan covering a potential offside of Aguero. Another key moment was that Emre Can and Jordan Henderson were standing way too far away from De Bruyne, which left the Belgium with enough freedom to provide the perfect pass to the Argentine forward.
In the 38th minute Sadio Mane was sent off following a brutal challenge on Ederson. The Senegal international was chasing a long ball and recklessly put his foot way too high, which was clearly dangerous for Ederson and the referee did not even hesitate to give a red card. However, British pundit Garry Neville stated that he does not agree with the decision on SkySports, insisting that a great game was simply ruined. Yet, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and the one that matters the most was Jon Moss’, who gave the red card.
At the final minutes of the first half Manchester City scored yet another one following a header from Jesus and an assist from Be Bryune, which in a way ended things for Liverpool, who were with ten men on the pitch and did not seem like they could turn things around.
In the very first minutes of the second half, the Citizens killed the game as Aguero once again was left alone against Mignolet, but the Argentine did not greed and passed it to Jesus who made it 3-0.
Guardiola’s men were clearly in high spirits and completely dominated the game as Liverpool had no answer for City’s offense. The Citizens kept knocking on the door and it was a matter of time before they scored a fourth one. Leroy Sané was the one to do that in the 75th minute. In the added two minutes of the second half it was once again Sané who curled a beautiful ball into the top corner of Liverpool’s goalkeeper to wrap up the final 5-0 in favour of Manchester City.
This is the toughest loss Liverpool have ever had under Klopp against a team from the top table.
You can see Manchester City’s goals below.
Manchester City starting XI: Ederson Moraes; Danilo, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi; Kyle Walker, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva, Benjamin Mendy; Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.
Liverpool staring XI: Simon Mignolet; Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can; Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah.