Manchester City punishes Liverpool

Hope Soto
September 12, 2017

The Senegalese winger was controversially brandished a straight red card by John Moss for his challenge on the City stopper.

And teammate Benjamin Mendy clearly saw the amusing side of things once Ederson had been cleared of serious injury, as evidenced by the interview below.

There's no doubt that the red card altered the course of this match, but once it had Guardiola's game-planwas relentlessly effective as he enjoyed his first victory over Klopp in the Premier League.

Jesus would crucially add a second for City before half-time, with De Bruyne providing a sterling assist yet again and the Brazilian got his brace soon after the interval after Aguero teed him up for a simple tap-in in the 53rd minute.

And even though Jurgen Klopp should be praised for maintaining his approach that money will not necessarily buy you success and quality, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are there to prove him wrong.

"I think everyone knows he didn't see the goalie".

"If you want to blame me for the decision then no problem", Klopp said when asked about his choice to leave Coutinho out of the squad on the weekend.

Premier League predictions: Chelsea to keep up winning momentum, Spurs to bounce back, West Ham and Crystal Palace to lose

An impressive Manchester City eased past 10-man Liverpool to move top of the Premier League. With two solid starting XI, Man City can look ahead this year. Klopp's side struggled with the alien 3-5-1 system and the withdrawal of Mohamed Salah, presumably with Wednesday night's visit of Sevilla in mind, left them without a counter-attacking outlet.

Klopp, whose side went into the game unbeaten in their three previous games and having beaten Arsenal 4-0 last time out, said he had bitten his tongue so as not to also be sent to the stands.

"The first goal we concede is really unnecessary". Both teams were not compact.

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.

"You can defend not perfectly and still win 5-0".

"We needed to influence the game in another direction, we need to score here", the Liverpool manager said about the first half. All three up front were not really involved. They needed a significant turnaround against a strong rival that could boast one player more than them.

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