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
— Sporty missy (@AnfieldRdYNWA) September 9, 2017
Sadio Mane should be stripped off that player of the month Award
— MsKay (@iAm_elkay) September 9, 2017
This Liverpool squad is so dependent on Sadio Mane that without him this season they won’t qualify for even Europa #cityvlfc
— camson andy (@iam_camson) September 9, 2017
Most joke red card I've seen
— Charley (@CharleyGasson07) September 9, 2017
I'm a Liverpool fan, and it was. Was an error of Mané and was a so dangerous kick
— Ematoma (@emanuelbmi) September 9, 2017
I hope mane broke everything in his body
— Shea Mcmillan (@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