Manchester City humiliated Liverpool in the opening match of the fourth round of English Premier League. What was supposed to be the main event of the day and the spectacle, turned into one of the worst defeat in the history of five-time European champions. For Manchester City, this was their biggest win against the Reds since 1937.
City has snapped a five-game winless streak against their big rival.
The decisive moment of the match was in the 38th minute when Sadio Mane received a direct red card after a reckless challenge on the Citizen’s goalkeeper Ederson. The Brazilian had to leave the game because he had suffered an extremely dangerous kick in the head and was carried off the field. Fortunately, the 24-year-old is well, according to the latest information issued after the game, and he is expected to be in the combination for the encounter with Feyenoord.
If the circumstances were different and Liverpool had all 11 players on the pitch things could have easily gone the other way. We cannot say that the guests were in subordinated position, because they had several extremely good chances when the balance of power at Etihad was even. But all these talks are ”what if” and the reality was completely the opposite. And very painful for Liverpool.
The opening goal was scored by Sergio Aguero in the 27th minute of the game, and his partner from the attack, Gabriel Jesus added two more, first one in the 6th minute of the injury time of the first half. The Brazilian international was fantastic once more in the 53rd minute.
Leroy Sane finished the job with two more goals in 77th and 90th minute, sending a strong message to all other contenders for the title.
This was the heaviest defeat in Jurgen Klopp’s career, but the Reds had had no options in this match after Mane’s red card.
Simply Manchester City is extremely confident in the situations when they have one player more on the field.
There was not the slightest chance for Liverpool to at least score one goal, especially in the second half. It seems that Pep Guardiola made perfect tactics at the half time providing the essential information for his players what to do in the next 45 minutes.
Both teams are going to play in the Champions League during next week. Manchester City travels to Netherlands to meet the Dutch champions Feyenoord. Liverpool, on the other hand, hosts Seville. Both matches will be played this Wednesday.
Regarding the domestic competition, Liverpool plays with Burnley on Saturday, and the Citizens are traveling to Watford.
We continue this weekend with more fantastic English football, and more excellent games.
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