Phenomenal Manchester City Annihilate Liverpool at Home
Dear Liverpool, have you forgotten the recipe to win at home?
The answer I hope is NO, albeit on present slump in form, it points towards an unfortunate YES, as the Reds’ succumbed to their third successive defeat at Anfield for the first time since 1963.
Yes, Pep Guardiola’s men were simply phenomenal last evening in not only defeating but annihilating the Merseyside Club with a score line that read Liverpool 1 – 4 Manchester City.
In the process, a pepped-up Pep also achieved a long-awaited feat to win his first match as a player or manager at Anfield, as his team opened a healthy 10-point lead on Liverpool.
With this triumph, the Citizens also recorded their 14th consecutive win in all competitions equalling the record set by Preston in 1892 and Arsenal in 1987.
Truth be told on present form; City look unstoppable in conquering any challenge thrown at them.
So, let’s take a look at how a woeful Liverpool sunk further in the game last evening:
A high octane first half sees City miss a penalty
On a cold Merseyside day, the first half was about attacks and counter attacks between two fast-paced sides playing high-octane football.
City came closest to opening the scoring when Liverpool makeshift defender Fabinho drew a clumsy tackle on City forward Raheem Sterling with referee Michael Olivier immediately pointing at the spot. İlkay Gündoğan took the spot kick for the Sky Blues and fortunately for Liverpool, heaved it over the post.
The score was locked at zero apiece as the clock signalled the end of the first 45.
Error prone Alisson makes City’s day!
As the second half began, Gündoğan immediately made amends for his missed opportunity by opening the scoring for City in just the 49th minute, converting a rebound from Reds keeper, Alisson in his attempt to save Phil Foden’s strike on goal.
The Reds soon equalised in the 62nd minute through their Egyptian stalwart Mohamed Salah when he made no mistake in converting a well-earned spot kick.
It was now time for Alisson to shine albeit the wrong way, when he gifted two chances to City in a matter of minutes, who made no mistake to go two to the good through Gündoğan again and Raheem Sterling.
In truth, arguably one of the best keepers in world football, Alisson with two schoolboy errors was so out of his depth that the virus of negativity immediately spread to the entire team and the Citizens’ capitalised through a fourth from Phil Foden when he thumped a brilliant strike in the top-right corner.
The score read Liverpool 1 – 4 Manchester City as the game came to a close with a deflated Liverpool totally clueless on what just happened.
Liverpool should now realistically only focus on finishing in the top 4
With the title hopes now an optimistic dream, Jurgen Klopp needs to find a way to make his team at least finish in the top 4, else it won’t take time for him to go from Klopp to Flop.
The fans in English Football are very unforgiving and they expect nothing short of the best irrespective of the accomplishments Jurgen has achieved with this team in the past.
Leicester up next in the Premier League and as the Champions League round of 16 also dawns, it’s anyone’s guess which Liverpool will show up?
A motivated one or a deflated one?