Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool: New Premier League champions stunned
Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool: New Premier League champions stunned with Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, and Raheem Sterling were all on the scoresheet.
Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, and Raheem Sterling were all on the scoresheet as the hosts romped to a 4-0 win and served up a timely reminder of the level the Reds will have to reach once again if they are to defend their title next season.
Guardiola made four changes to the side that booked an FA Cup semi-final spot with victory over Newcastle on Sunday, including restoring Eric Garcia to the heart of the defence, the Spaniard has been out since suffering a head injury in the opening game of the restart.
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, went with his strongest side and any suggestion that they would be markedly below their best initially seemed wide of the mark, as they started on the front foot, Sadio Mane heading wide from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross before Mo Salah hit the post with a low effort.
However, City was handed the chance to take the lead on 25 minutes after Joe Gomez brought down Sterling and De Bruyne continued his flawless form from the spot, sending Alisson the wrong way.
Ten minutes later, it was two as the hosts broke at pace and Foden slid in Sterling, whose first touch on the stretch took him inside Gomez and allowed him to squeeze a finish beyond the ‘keeper.
Foden then added a third before the break, taking advantage of some frantic defending from Andy Robertson by playing a swift one-two with De Bruyne before lifting home.
City showed no signs of letting up after the interval, with Gabriel Jesus, Sterling, and Foden all creating opportunities before Mane wasted a glorious chance to get one back, completely miss-controlling Jordan Henderson’s smart pass in behind.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been sent on as a half-time substitute to try and turn the tide but ended up inadvertently adding to Liverpool’s woes as he diverted Sterling’s finish into his own net after City had once again countered ruthlessly, De Bruyne slipping in the England man.