Match Report: Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool
Liverpool’s defence was brutally exposed in a 5-0 rout at the hands of Manchester City and perhaps it was a reality check for the Jurgen Klopp as to what he had missed in the transfer market. Concluding the window with some stellar attacking reinforcements certainly gave the German a lot of reasons to stay optimistic ahead of the season, but failing to sign even a single defensive player is sure to haunt him for the entirety of the campaign.
It all started as early as the 24th minute when Sergio Aguero gave the hosts the lead before Sadio Mane received his marching orders for raising his foot to Ederson’s face. Gabriel Jesus added City’s second in the added time of the first half before completing a brace soon after the restart and substitute Leroy Sane then added another one, courtesy of a fine run by Benjamin Mendy before putting the cherry on the cake with a beautiful effort, handing Manchester City their first 5-0 win over Liverpool since 1937.
The game started all well for the visitors and it was evenly poised until the 24th minute. Fernandinho had headed the ball into the way of Kevin de Bruyne and the Belgian, after spotting Sergio Aguero’s run, released the Argentine and the striker made no mistake in scoring his 124th goal in the Premier League. With that goal, the former Atletico Madrid forward has surpassed Dwight Yorke to become the Premier League’s leading non-European scorer.
Liverpool were breathing heavily on City’s neck and were searching for an equaliser with Mane and Mohamed Salah continuously posing a threat to City’s three-man defence. Their desire to get any, however, was cut short as just 13 minutes after Aguero’s goal, Mane was shown a straight red.
Joel Matip delivered a mouth watering long ball towards Sadio Mane and as soon as Ederdson realised the danger, he decided to leave his lines and went head to head against the Senegalese. With the ball still in the air, Mane decided to raise his foot, while the Brazilian stopper went on with his head. The Senegalese, unfortunately, stamped Ederson’s face and referee Jon Moss didn’t think twice in showing Mane his way back in for an early shower.
Soon after the incident, it was City’s game to lose. Just two minutes into the added time of the first half, Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net, but the Brazilian was flagged offside. This, however, didn’t stop the Citizens in adding further misery to Liverpool’s fate. Jesus didn’t waste any time in finally making it two for his side. De Bruyne delivered a perfect cross into the danger area and Jesus’ header matched the quality of the delivery.
The Brazilian sensation compelted his brace just eight minutes into the second half, after Fernandinho released Aguero and the Argentine unselfishly passed the ball to Jesus for a tap in. The hosts were playing slowly after the restart, but Sane’s introduction added more misery to Liverpool’s fate. Combining well with Mendy, the German international added the fourth for his team before finally netting the fifth with a breathtaking left-footed curler.
With that result, Manchester City have now handed Jurgen Klopp his heaviest defeat as the Liverpool manager.
A lot was expected from the Reds, and for all right reasons, the fans were left furious with their team’s performance and this is how they reacted on Twitter:
Sadio Mane Highlights vs. Man City pic.twitter.com/G6zBxIBGXp
— Paul (@Kolology) September 9, 2017
Sadio Mane the real king of strong style pic.twitter.com/w3ftduaq28
— Ethan (@E_Ry10) September 9, 2017
Ok the OX has jinxed us #MCILIV
— Miss L (@AnfieldRdYNWA) September 9, 2017
#MCILIV as a Liverpool fan, if this is how arsenal fans feel everytime, I want to say y'all very strong. My heart can't take this. 😢
— FAUSTINHO (@call_me_fau) September 9, 2017
— Piyush Nathani (@piyushnathani1) September 9, 2017
I'm a Liverpool fan, and it was. Was an error of Mané and was a so dangerous kick
— Ema-nuel (@emanuelbmi) September 9, 2017
I hope mane broke everything in his body
— Fut pack 18 god (@SheaMcmillan1) September 9, 2017
Citiy's best buy of the summer – Jon Moss.
— MB (@MrBoywunder) September 9, 2017
When you support Liverpool pic.twitter.com/PGYtUYIV8E
— joe (@JoeLFC_) September 9, 2017
Man that was an embarrassing 90 minutes I'll never get back.
— Luke M. Merritt (@lukemmerritt) September 9, 2017
“Deserved”, “All the best for the future” – Some Liverpool fans pleased with choice for September’s Player of the Month
Daniel Sturridge had a great September for Liverpool. Even though the Reds were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea and lost to Napoli in the Champions League, Sturridge scored a couple of fantastic goals against his former employers.
His strike against the Blues at Stamford Bridge will be remembered for long. Liverpool looked to be out of the game but the Englishman came up with a majestic hit from outside the box in the final moments of the game.
The 29-year-old hasn’t started many games but is doing a great job off the bench. Sturridge was named as Liverpool’s player of the month for his performances in September.
The Englishman will have a huge role to play for us as the season progresses and several fans were pleased that the striker got his reward for some excellent games.
YESSS STUDGE ❤🔴 pic.twitter.com/DW1Wo2sFNN
— Marineee (@lfc_marine) October 17, 2018
— Average Striker (@AverageStriker) October 17, 2018
No thank you Danny Boy…😘 pic.twitter.com/NyxexKNfUW
— Bal Mann (@BalMann15) October 17, 2018
Never doubted you.
You just need to stay healthy 👊
— CF (@PoacherFirmino) October 17, 2018
Well deserved keep fit and healthy massive to have player of your calibre part of our squad
— Catherine Corcoran (@CatherineCorcor) October 17, 2018
You deserve it, it’s the result of your persistence and faith. Hugs from Brazil!💐
— TinaAbbazzio (@AbbazzioTina) October 17, 2018
Having you back and fit is just like a new signing. Glad you’ve been recognised for your contribution so far this season. A fully fit and on form Daniel Sturridge will certainly give Klopp a selection headache. #YNWA
— Rob Gormley (Rob G) (@radiorobg) October 17, 2018
— R8 (@Nabyllionaire) October 17, 2018
Good to see you back King Studge 😋
— Ashlee Chimboza (@AshleeChimboza) October 17, 2018
You deserved it big time!! We need you the most !
— Ishaan- Red for life (@foodblasster) October 17, 2018
Deserved, all the best for the future 👍 #LFC
— Nasra Ali (@afrika5uk) October 17, 2018
Well Deserved! pic.twitter.com/kdzcEBHUwH
— HatintheRing1917 (@HatintheRing17) October 17, 2018
“Special type of player” – Some Liverpool fans believe on-loan youngster is a future star after a fantastic free-kick
Wales defeated the Republic of Ireland in a UEFA Nations League game and they have Harry Wilson to thank.
The Liverpool youngster stepped up to score a brilliant free-kick for the away side in the 58th minute.
Harry Wilson set-piece…..You know the rest. 🚀🚀🚀
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) October 16, 2018
The 21-year-old was in the news earlier in the season when he smashed in a free-kick at Old Trafford. Manchester United were the opposition for Derby County on that evening and the Welshman’s goal helped the Championship side knock the Red Devils out of the Carabao Cup.
The 21-year-old is on loan at Derby and is one of the brightest youngsters at Anfield. The Welshman certainly got a lot of people talking with his effort against the Republic of Ireland and some fans believed the attacking midfielder has a great future ahead of him.
@LFC Whatever you do, NEVER EVER let Harry Wilson go. Special type of person, special type of player. They simply don’t make ’em like that anymore.
Also: Brew,Curtis,Camacho,Woodburn,Kent,Lloyd,Ojo,Ejaria,Grujic… etc.etc.
Give them a chance to make it big with us
— Salahmander [followback limited by 🐤 bastards] (@nova_stine) October 17, 2018
Would love to see him do that in a Liverpool shirt 👍👍👍
— Derek (@moonburger76) October 16, 2018
— Matt Thielen (@MelwoodDaily) October 16, 2018
Harry Wilson needs to come back next window. Would you rather have Lallana who never plays or this young talent! #LFC
— The Great Wall Of Alisson (@Alissontastic) October 16, 2018
It will be an absolute crime if Harry Wilson doesn’t go on to make it big at Liverpool. He is reaching another level this season after years of screaming out for a chance. #LFC
— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekker) October 16, 2018
Recall Wilson please @LFC
— Nick🔴 (@NabyRole) October 16, 2018
If Wilson played LW he’d be in our first 18. Our options for that position is weak..
— 🇳🇱 (@LFCMerchant) October 16, 2018
Harry Wilson must be first squad next season Liverpool @LFC stop this loan bullshit
— ZAGA (@zagasabri) October 16, 2018
This Harry Wilson looks a decent prospect. Definitely a player #LFC should be interested in.
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) October 16, 2018
“Flick him to barca” – Some Liverpool fans believe new video will help the Reds offload flop star for better price
The game will be remembered for an Eden Hazard wonder goal, where the Spaniard was taken to the cleaners by the Belgian.
Moreno has found it tough to reclaim his starting spot in the Liverpool team, with Andy Robertson putting in a number of great performances. The newly appointed Scottish captain is possibly the best left-back in the league and was with the national side during the international break.
The Spaniard was training with the other members of the squad at Melwood and a brilliant video of his was shared. Moreno can be seen doing a couple of quality flicks during training and that got a number of fans interested.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 16, 2018
The left-back has been linked (h/t Mirror) with a move to Barcelona in the winter window, and some fans believed this video was a ploy to increase his value ahead of a possible sale.
Moreno propaganda so we can get £20 mill for him in january ahhh💉💉💉
— Erik🎃🦇🕸 (@EriikLFC) October 16, 2018
Flick him to barca
— SeanT (@SeanT321) October 16, 2018
Great advertising by LFC…. Hope his value goes https://t.co/xJabCE4A97 another 5 million 🙂
— Nikhil Ajarekar (@nik_blgmIND) October 16, 2018
Flicked out of the club soon
— Karun (@karun_b11) October 16, 2018
The only skill he got in 4 years
— zagadat (@bari_bor21) October 16, 2018
@FCBarcelona could be getting that coming January😉
— Nishchal Bajracharya (@NischaLEO10_LFC) October 16, 2018
The highlight of his Liverpool career 👏
— Daragh Conroy (@ConroyDaragh) October 16, 2018
— 이동희 (@Donghheee08) October 16, 2018
He only performs in training
— AKINTAYO (@murphydahnear) October 16, 2018
At least he learnt something from hazard 😂
— Zone8Makh (@MakhZone8) October 16, 2018
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