Liverpool 1-4 Man Metropolis: Alisson errors assist ship leaders 5 factors clear

Liverpool 1-4 Man Metropolis: Alisson errors assist ship leaders 5 factors clear

Raheem Sterling.
Raheem Sterling scored for the third successive sport for Manchester Metropolis

Manchester Metropolis took a doubtlessly decisive maintain on the Premier League title race as they thrashed Liverpool at Anfield – helped by a virtuoso efficiency by Phil Foden and a nightmare show from the champions’ goalkeeper Alisson.

Metropolis’s complete triumph, their first at Anfield since 2003 and supervisor Pep Guardiola’s first away to Liverpool as a supervisor, was achieved in such consolation that they have been in a position to recuperate from Ilkay Gundogan’s first-half penalty miss.

Gundogan, who skied his spot-kick after Fabinho fouled Raheem Sterling, made amends when he put Metropolis forward 4 minutes into the second interval, after Alisson might solely push out Foden’s shot.

Mohamed Salah equalised for Liverpool from the spot simply after the hour after he was hauled again by Ruben Dias – however then got here the mix of Alisson’s errors and Foden’s genius because the hosts have been run ragged.

Alisson was punished for 2 poor clearances as Foden arrange Gundogan to place Metropolis again in entrance after 73 minutes, then three minutes later the Brazil keeper inexplicably despatched a cross straight to Bernardo Silva, whose intelligent cross was headed in virtually on the goalline by Sterling.

Metropolis saved the perfect till final when Foden, the sport’s excellent performer, thundered an impressive end excessive previous the beleaguered Alisson seven minutes from time.

The emphatic victory leaves Metropolis 5 factors forward of second-placed Manchester United, having performed a sport much less – and 10 factors forward of Liverpool with a match in hand.

Payback time for Guardiola and Man Metropolis

Manchester Metropolis and Guardiola have had some depressing days and nights at Anfield since Jurgen Klopp grew to become Liverpool supervisor – this was the sport, the efficiency and the scoreline that made this virtually the right day.

Guardiola’s incendiary response to Gundogan’s first-half penalty miss demonstrated how a lot he wished to win this sport and maybe how he feared historical past repeating itself. However his frustration was short-lived as Metropolis produced a second-half masterclass that left the champions badly overwhelmed.

And whereas the Reds will level to their assortment of accidents as a motive for his or her fall from grace, it also needs to be identified that Metropolis have been lacking the brilliance of midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and the predatory instincts of striker Sergio Aguero.

It was solely a uncommon error from Dias that gave Liverpool hope – though Sadio Mane headed over within the first half and Ederson saved effectively from Roberto Firmino – and as soon as Gudogan restored Metropolis’s benefit there was just one winner right here.

Phil Foden scores Manchester City's fourth goal in their win at Liverpool
Phil Foden, 20, is the youngest participant to attain and help in a Premier League sport towards Liverpool at Anfield

On the coronary heart of all of it was the good Foden, head and shoulders above everybody else on the pitch and flourishing much more when Guardiola cleverly eliminated Riyad Mahrez and positioned the 20-year-old England worldwide on the best flank.

He made two targets and scored a sensational fourth as Metropolis put down a marker and confirmed their standing because the group to beat within the title race. It was additionally a 14th straight win, which equals the all-time successful run by an English top-flight group, shared with Preston in 1892 and Arsenal in 1987.

Metropolis have been rising in stature in latest weeks, imperious in defence and threatening in assault – however this ruthless dismissal of an opponent that has haunted them at Anfield within the latest previous is their strongest assertion of intent but.

Alisson sums up Liverpool despair

The sight of Liverpool keeper Alisson slumping in dejection after Foden’s shot tore previous him into the roof of the web – he might barely have seen it – for Manchester Metropolis’s fourth aim summed up the sheer distress of the champions.

As Liverpool have gained Premier League and Champions League titles, the 28-year-old Brazilian has been one among their most dependable figures, a game-changer to put alongside the arrival of defender Virgil van Dijk.

Nevertheless, he suffered arguably the largest nightmare of his Liverpool profession on Sunday, making two unhealthy clearances within the build-up to Metropolis’s essential second aim, then compounding it with a fair worse error as he picked out Silva standing all on his personal with an inexplicable cross, the Portuguese accepting the invitation to arrange Sterling.

Liverpool confirmed occasional flashes of the outdated aptitude within the first half however ended up outclassed and on the receiving finish of their third successive Premier League house loss, Metropolis following within the footsteps of Burnley – who ended the Reds’ 68-match unbeaten league run at Anfield – and Brighton.

In actuality, it was Metropolis – so organised, composed and decided to press Liverpool – who have been vastly superior over the entire piece.

After all, Liverpool accidents will take a heavy toll, however this was a troublesome 90 minutes for midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who’s struggling to adapt to the tempo of the Premier League and made life tough for himself with a useless early foul on Gundogan that introduced a yellow card.

And whereas a lot is rightly made from the attacking prowess of full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, they struggled to deal with Metropolis’s width as Sterling and Foden uncovered them brutally at instances.

Liverpool look very flat at Anfield and the stats say all of it. They’re the primary aspect to lose three straight house matches the season after successful the title since Chelsea in March 1956 and have 27 factors fewer than they did on the similar stage final season – the largest drop by any reigning champions in top-flight historical past.

Klopp clearly felt this was not the day to threat his deadline-day centre-back signings Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak, however they nonetheless appeared horribly susceptible.

Liverpool’s supervisor and their gamers have loved some triumphant days towards Metropolis right here in latest seasons – this was not one among them.

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Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 70mins
  • 14Henderson
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 85′minutes
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraBooked at 3minsSubstituted forShaqiriat 68′minutes
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 17JonesSubstituted forMilnerat 68′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 9Firmino
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 19Kabak
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 47Phillips
  • 76N Williams

Man Metropolis

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 27Cancelo
  • 5Stones
  • 3Rúben DiasBooked at 62mins
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 8Gündogan
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 72′minutes
  • 47Foden
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 50García
  • 69Doyle
  • 82Bernabé

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