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Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool: Premier League

Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool: Premier League

Sergio Aguero gave City the lead in the 24th minute before Liverpool were reduced to 10 men after Mane’s high boot caught Ederson, who was stretchered from the field, in the jaw (37).

Gabriel Jesus (45+6, 53) extended the hosts’ advantage either side of the break before substitute Leroy Sane rounded off the scoring with a late double (77, 90+1) as City inflicted Liverpool’s first defeat of the season – their biggest under Jurgen Klopp in all competitions.

Following on from the 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal, Liverpool started brightly with Mohamed Salah causing Nicolas Otamendi plenty of problems in the opening stages. In the 22nd minute Salah skipped past Otamendi, who was booked in the early stages, and burst into the penalty area, but the forward’s weak effort was scooped up by Ederson at his near post.

The miss proved costly as City took the lead two minutes later, somewhat against the run of play. Kevin De Bruyne’s inch-perfect pass dissected the Liverpool defence to release Aguero and the Argentine rounded Simon Mignolet to slot the ball home.

Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool: Premier League

Player ratings

Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (6), Stones (7), Otamendi (5), Mendy (6), Danilo (6), Fernandinho (7), D. Silva (7), De Bruyne (9), Jesus (8), Aguero (8).

Subs: Bravo (6), Mangala (6), Sane (7).

Liverpool: Mignolet (6), Alexander-Arnold (5), Klavan (6), Matip (6), Moreno (6), Henderson (7), Wijnaldum (6), Can (6), Salah (6), Mane (5), Firmino (6).

Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Milner (6), Solanke (6).

Man of the match: Kevin De Bruyne

Then came the game’s big talking point. Mane was released in behind the City defence but clattered into the on-rushing Ederson, catching the City ‘keeper on the jaw with a high boot. Referee Jon Moss didn’t hesitate in brandishing a red card as Ederson left the field on a stretcher.

Things got even worse for the visitors when Jesus, who minutes earlier had an effort ruled out for offside, headed home De Bruyne’s cross from close range as City doubled their advantage just before the break.

Team news

Pep Guardiola made three changes following City’s dramatic victory at Bournemouth – two forced, one tactical. Sergio Aguero came in for the suspended Raheem Sterling and John Stones replaced captain Vincent Kompany after he sustained an injury on international duty. The third change saw Kyle Walker return from suspension, with Bernardo Silva dropping to the bench.

Jurgen Klopp followed suit, making three changes following Liverpool’s hammering of Arsenal. Simon Mignolet got the nod in goal ahead of Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold came in at right-back for Joe Gomez, while Ragnar Klavan got a surprise start ahead of Dejan Lovren at centre-back, following the Croatian’s exploits during the international break.

Liverpool switched to a back three at the break with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on for his debut, replacing Salah, but the City onslaught continued.

Pep Guardiola’s side had a second goal ruled out for offside after Aguero’s toe-poke was chalked off but they did get their third minutes later when Fernandinho released Aguero, who unselfishly squared for Jesus to convert past Mignolet.

Source: sky

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