Prologue: Klopps’s first acid test at the Etihad Stadium. Lovren at last making a comeback in place of the first choice center back Sakho and Firmino in the starting eleven. Pelligrini of course had to do away with Mangala in place of the Belgian skipper Kompany.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Post Match Review
Brazilian duo of Firmino and Coutinho indeed stole the first half show in absence of the Belgian star striker Benteke and Sturridge both being included in Kop’s reserve bench after the long injury lay off. Liverpool was definitely the better choice in the first half at least before the excellence of the Kun Aguero came to the fore and City definitely ended the first half on a high with the much needed momentum.
City fans were left gazing as the Red’s pressing football which has now become a trademark since the highly rated German took over the reins at Anfield. Liverpool’s first goal was definitely a product of the new found urgency of the Anfield side which forced an own goal out of Mangala from a timid Coutinho cross inside the penalty box. Sagna was the first one to lose possession being easily dispossessed with Coutinho making the run down the left before a rather seemingly timid cross from Firmino being dealt clumsily by Mangala. Liverpool’s second goal was once again a culmination of perfect team work with midfield dominance being showcased before a combination of the Boy’s from Brazil resulting in a Coutinho goal.
City inspite of enjoying the bulk of the possession was not able to create clear cut chances with Lovren being clinical and indeed making a statement for his cause of regular starting eleven and Skartel being the absolutely superb.
Skartel was indeed the lone surviving member of the Kop’s team which last won at the Etihad way back in 2000.City enjoying the lion’s share of the possession was in fact caught on the counter attack by a brilliant Liverpool counter attacking move; once again the Boy’s from Brazil putting in the finishing touches. City desperately needed a confidence booster going into the half time break which was indeed provided by Aguero making a comeback after his injury lay off. That was actually the lone high point for the Citizens as they were literally shredded to pieces by a resurgent Liverpool under Klopp.
Second half got underway with City desperately trying to chase the ball down in a bid to come back into the match which actually left acres of space blank at the back. On came Benteke in place of Firmino and was instrumental in Liverpool’s fourth bringing down a high Lallana cross perfect for Skartel to blast in past Hart. He off course should have done better earlier after being unleashed by Milner but he shot straight at Hart in a one on one situation.
Pelligrini’s two halftime substitutes in the form of Fernandinho and Delph somewhat steadied the ship with Fernandinho easily being City’s most dependable midfielder for the evening. Kevin de Bryune can arguably be said as City’s most impressive player of the evening but today was not certainly not his day as Liverpool was once again showing their mettle against highly rated opponents for third time in a row under Klopp.
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