Guardiola’s rejuvenated men thrash Anfielder’s pride
Manchester City 5 (Aguero 24’, Jesus 51’, 53’, Sane 77’, 93’) – 0 Liverpool FC
Manchester City are now on top of the Premier League table, at least for a few hours, as the Citizens destroyed Liverpool FC 5-0 in the Etihad Stadium.
City went into the match having picked up two wins from three league matches, meanwhile Liverpool were flying high after their 4-0 win over Arsenal FC.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 9, 2017
The Citizens started the day in fourth place, whereas The Reds were in second position in the league table.
Pep Guardola’s side kicked off the match in tremendous fashion, putting the pressure on Liverpool in the first 15 minutes of the match with two close range shots, the first from De Bruyne and the second from Fernandinho, both of which was kept out by Reds keeper Simon Mignolet.
City kept pressing and eleven minutes later, De Bruyne played a brilliant pass to Sergio Aguero, who went round pass Mignolet and gave City the lead, as the Liverpool defense was left shell shocked after the amazing pass from the Belgian winger.
Liverpool themselves had few chances in the first half, but the match changing moment came in the 37th minute when Joel Matip played the ball for Sadio Mane, who instead ended up kicking City keeper Ederson in the face that led to a straight red card.
Replays clearly showed that Mane was looking at the ball and the challenge seemed unintentional.
Down to 10 men, things got worse for Klopp’s team in added time at the end of the first half, when De Bruyne crossed the ball into the box for Gabriel Jesus whose header gave City a 2-0 lead.
The second half started off in similar fashion with City dominating play, this time Fernandinho playing the ball through the Liverpool backline for Aguero, who was one-on-one with Mignolet but instead passed the ball Jesus who was to his left, the Brazilian forward then comfortably score the third for his team.
City had more chances later on in the match, the next big one falling to De Bruyne who shot the ball over the cross bar from inside the Reds’ box.
In the 77th minute, a nice one-two between Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sane, led to the fourth goal, Mendy with the pass to Sane who finished it off with his left foot, making the score 4-0.
The final nail in the coffin for Liverpool came in added time of the second half, once again from substitute Leroy Sane. After receiving the ball from Kyle Walker, Sane took a shot from outside the box as the ball went past Mignolet for the fifth time in the afternoon, completing a comprehensive victory for City and taking them to the top of the league.