Manchester Metropolis got here from behind to beat Liverpool 4-1 at house in a pulsating affair after second-half objectives from Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect began brightly with Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick curling inches huge and Rodri’s effort saved by Alisson.
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The Reds scored with their first shot on track with Diogo Jota laying the ball off to Mohamed Salah within the field and he rifled the ball into the nook.
Their lead lasted 10 minutes with Julian Alvarez changing Grealish’s low cross from shut vary to equalise.
Tempers flared all through the half and Rodri was lucky to keep away from a second reserving for bundling over Cody Gakpo.
The second half was a equally entertaining affair and the hosts grabbed the lead inside a minute of the restart after Mahrez’s pinpoint first-time cross was poked in by De Bruyne to punish Liverpool’s excessive line.
And the reigning Premier League champions punished extra inept defending to increase their lead when the spectacular Gundogan fired a shot in from shut vary after Alvarez’s shot had been blocked.
Jurgen Klopp made 4 adjustments with 20 minutes remaining nevertheless it had little influence as Metropolis grabbed one other when Grealish traded passes with De Bruyne to slip in and rating.
The consequence noticed Metropolis throw down the gauntlet to Premier League leaders Arsenal, who responded by beating Leeds in a while Saturday to maintain the hole on the prime at eight factors. Guardiola’s aspect have a sport in hand.
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Who wants Haaland? Deploying John Stones in midfield and De Bruyne additional ahead reaped loads of rewards. However the important thing battles had been received on the flanks by Mahrez and Grealish towards Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, notably within the second half.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Jack Grealish (Man Metropolis)
He has had loads of stick since becoming a member of Metropolis from Aston Villa for £100 million however this was arguably his greatest sport in a blue shirt. Liverpool’s full-backs couldn’t cope together with his passing and linkup play with De Bruyne and Gundogan. And he capped his efficiency off with a neatly labored aim with De Bruyne.
MAN CITY: Ederson 6, Stones 7, Akanji 5, Dias 7, Ake 7, Rodri 6, Gundogan 9, De Bruyne 9, Grealish 9*, Mahrez 8, Alvarez 8. Subs: Silva n/a, Palmer n/a.
LIVERPOOL: Alisson 6, Alexander-Arnold 3, Konate 4, Van Dijk 4, Robertson 4, Fabinho 6, Henderson 4, Elliott 5, Gakpo 7, Jota 6, Salah 7. Subs: Firmino 4, Oxlade-Chamberlain 4, Tsimikas 5, Nunez 4, Milner n/a.
17′ – GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL! Jota holds off Akanji within the field and lays the ball off for Salah who steers the ball into the nook first-time.
28′ – GOAL FOR MAN CITY! Robertson is caught in no-man’s land, Mahrez finds Grealish out huge and he units up Alvarez with a low cross to equalise.
46′ – GOAL FOR MAN CITY! Mahrez’s pinpoint first-time cross is touched in by De Bruyne. Liverpool’s excessive line was left uncovered.
53′ – GOAL FOR CITY! Alvarez will get the ball out of his ft, his shot is blocked and Gundogan is there to attain.
74′ – GOAL FOR MAN CITY! Grealish trades passes with De Bruyne and slides in to attain.
Kevin De Bruyne’s aim after 53 seconds is the earliest Liverpool have conceded within the second half of a Premier League sport since Sylvain Distin netted after simply 40 seconds for Everton in January 2011.
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