Rampaging City tear Liverpool apart with five goals


The Brazil forward was then substituted and his replacement, Sane, grabbed two goals as well. Accidental risky play should remain a sending-off offence, but not further punished with a one- or three-game ban.

"If we lose too much confidence because of this game, we make a mistake". Mohamed Salah had a couple of good opportunities for Liverpool but if there's one criticism of the Egyption since he arrived at Anfield, it's that he isn't ruthlessness in front of goal, and that was the case here. Not since Klopp's Mainz was beaten 6-1 by Werder Bremen in October 2006 has the German experienced a heavier loss in his coaching career. To control the counter-attacks, I thought we could defend better with three at the back than four.

Liverpool are provisionally in the fifth place with seven points after suffering its first defeat this season.

Kevin De Bruyne was given time and space to pick Aguero out and as Mignolet rushed out to narrow the angle, the Argentine calmly rounded the Belgian keeper and finished into an empty net to notch his 124th Premier League goal.

At the other end, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were putting the Liverpool defence under regular pressure.

Of course it was courageous because Mane was coming.

Sergio Aguero had already put City into the lead when Mane was dismissed in the 37th minute for catching Ederson with a high boot in a nasty collision.

His decision proved divisive on and off the pitch as even City boss Pep Guardiola was not sure it warranted a red card.

"You can't really think about what might happen".

"It's unlucky, an accident".

"Red card has spoilt this game - but that's not Jon Moss fault - his position was fantastic to see the challenge and show red card", he added later.

But there was no doubting the ruthlessness of De Bruyne as he took Fernandinho's header into his stride and sliced a ragged opposition back line open with an instant through ball.

Despite the convincing victory, the Mail On Sunday's chief football writer Rob Draper is not getting carried away with City as he saw plenty of vulnerability in their backline in the first half.

Times have changed over the years, unlike before where a high boot kick would be considered acceptable (Hello, Nigel de Jong) but in heated moments like these, even latest decision review facilities such as Video Assistant Referee can not help much.