Relentless Man City thrash Liverpool in brilliant display
Manchester City racked up their biggest win over Liverpool for 80 years to claim top spot in the Premier League – temporarily at least.
Two goals each for Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane , and another for Sergio Aguero demolished the Scousers, who haven’t been treated in this manner by the Blues since 1937 – when they lost 5-0 and 5-1 in the space of three days.
With Kevin De Bruyne back in scintillating form, and the double strike force of Aguero and Gabriel Jesus claiming three of the goals between them, all looks rosy in City’s garden.
Indeed, the only dark cloud as the Blues gear up for Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Feyenoord was the injury to goalkeeper Ederson.
That brought a straight red card for Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, who chased a through ball and raised his foot dangerously high before careering into the Brazilian.
Mane had no intent other than to reach the ball, but it was so dangerous and reckless that it had to be a red for serious foul play.
City were ahead at the point through Sergio Aguero’s goal, but the result was far from certain.
Aguero had brilliantly darted onto De Bruyne’s succinct pass and rounded the keeper before slotting in his goal.
But the pace of Mo Salah was unhinging the Blues on their left-hand side, where Nicolas Otamendi was struggling badly, and that left the result in the balance.
Mane’s dismissal allowed Pep Guardiola to tweak it, and that meant sub keeper Claudio Bravo hardly had a touch as the Blues ran away with it.
Of course Liverpool will flag up their numerical disadvantage, but they should remember that City were in the same situation against Everton a fortnight earlier – and fought back for a point.
But Guardiola switched Otamendi, and City went through the gears to ensure there was no revival from the visitors.
In the eight minutes of time added for Ederson’s horrible-looking injury, Jesus headed in de Bruyne’s perfect cross and City had a comfortable two-goal lead at half time
They did not sit back, as some teams might.
Fernandinho, freed up by Danilo’s move into midfield, slid a smart pass for Aguero to race clear and unselfishly square the ball for Jesus to tap into the empty net.
Then Sane arrived as a sub and made his own mark on the game with two fine goals to apply the coup de grace.
The young German exchanged passes with Benjamin Mendy, a growing presence on that City left, and thrashed a low shot past Simon Mignolet.
He saved the best until last, picking the ball up in the right, outside the penalty area, before curling a lovely shot into the top corner.