Liverpool suffered a nightmare day at the Etihad, with Sadio Mane‘s first-half red card and a terrible defensive showing leading to a heavy defeat.
Man City 5-0 Liverpool
Premier League, Etihad Stadium
September 9, 2017
Aguero 24′ (assist – De Bruyne)
Jesus 45+6′ (assist – De Bruyne)
Jesus 53′ (assist – Aguero)
Sane 77′ (assist – Mendy)
Sane 90+1 (assist – Walker)
Sergio Aguero made it six goals in six consecutive home games against Liverpool when he opened the scoring midway through the first-half.
Liverpool had been made to pay for missed chances, with Mohamed Salah particularly culpable. The Reds’ No.11 had raced away down the right twice, the first time failing to supply a cross when opting to use his left foot rather than right, and the second time failing to finish past ‘keeper Ederson when in one-on-one.
It got worse shortly after, with Sadio Mane shown a straight red card for a high foot on Ederson. It was a controversial decision, but undoubtedly the foot was high and endangering an opponent.
City were in the ascendancy and added a second before half-time, Gabriel Jesus heading home from close range from a De Bruyne cross from the Liverpool right side.
Klopp had opted for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back over Joe Gomez, but the teenager had endured a torrid first half, shanking a clearance and picking up a booking for a silly challenge on De Bruyne.
Half-time it was 2-0, with Liverpool down to 10 men.
- Klavan starts as Klopp makes three changes at the back
- Aguero puts City ahead after 24 minutes
- Liverpool’s defence an absolute shambles
- Mane’s red card controversial but probably justified
- Liverpool’s midfield was a shambles
The second half was a write-off though, especially when Jesus added his second and City’s third just eight minutes in when Aguero played in his team-mate for an easy finish. A poor ball forward by Jordan Henderson gave the ball away cheaply in the build-up and Liverpool were easily exposed again.
The fourth goal arrived in the 77th minute, when substitute Leroy Sane stroked home Bernand Mendy’s low ball across the face of the box after more poor defending.
Sane then rubbed salt into the wounds with a finish from outside the box in stoppage time.
With 10 men, Liverpool were very naive, giving the ball away cheaply far too often, lacking leadership. All the weaknesses in the squad came to the fore.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Next match: Sevilla (H) – Champions League – September 13