Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool match report, goals, result
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Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool: match report
Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City hammered Liverpool 5-0 in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday with the visitors forced to play the second half down to 10 men.
Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane was shown a straight red card in the 37th minute for a high challenge on City’s keeper Ederson, who had raced out of the penalty area and had to be carried off on a stretcher following the clash.
City turn the screw after Mané sent off
City were 1-0 up at that stage thanks to a Sergio Aguero goal and they soon made their numerical advantage count when Jesus headed in a De Bruyne cross.
The Brazilian tapped in his second in the 53rd minute after Aguero unselfishly played him in and Leroy Sane made it 4-0 in the 77th after combining well with Benjamin Mendy.
Sane completed the rout in injury time with a brilliant, curling left-foot shot from 25 metres into the far corner.
Manchester City vs Liverpool: How it happened
Manchester City vs Liverpool: match preview
Pep Guardiola's side squeezed past Bournemouth before the international break while Liveprool were the cause of yet another existential crisis at Arsenal, thumping them 4-0 with minimal fuss. Both Klopp and Guardiola regroup after successes and failures in the transfer market to reignite their quest for the Premier League title at the Etihad at 13:30 CEST on Saturday.
While fans, players and managers alike will wait for another week or two to try and glean anything from the league table, everyone knows who the favourites are and will be when the league table is all that matters later in the season. Losing ground now can be detrimental to standings but it can also be anathema to a team's momentum.
A run at Alexis Sanchez as the summer transfer spending drew to a close ended in tears for Man City and while Pep Guardiola says he can't rule a move for the Chilean out "next time around", he will have to make do with the attacking options he has at his disposal until at least January.
On the good news front, Ilkay Gundogan is back training and available for selection.
Phillippe Coutinho stays. That was the message Liverpool sent out long before the window shut but some mud-slinging from Barcelona and repeated bids meant there was some ambiguity lingering in the Merseyside air as deadline day approached.
The Brazilian appeared for his national side during international break but Tite correctly asserted that he is fit but has not played very much football. That was the case when they traveled to Colombia and Coutinho made a brief appearence at the end of the game. Jurgen Klopp obiously feels the same, as he explains, "I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use these four or five days for real and proper training. We got all the numbers from the Brazilian FA around the training and the intensity of training, it was all OK, but he played twice around about 15 or 20 minutes. He could have played 15 or 20 minutes again in the City game, maybe longer, but I think it makes sense [for him to train]. And by the way, he agreed completely; it was not that he said ‘No, I don’t need training, I want to play’ or whatever. It was a good conversation.”
Ben Woodburn exploded onto the international scene and could be ready to do the same for Liverpool should Klopp call on him. He scored a goal, the winner against Austria, and assisted another in 50 minutes of action during wins against Austria and Moldova.
The addition of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain excited Klopp, who also said at his press conference on Friday that "he is good in tight spaces, really good in big spaces...is a good dribbler" and so the former Arsenal player could feature heavily in a variety of roles for the German. He is in the squad and ready for action in the biggest game to date in the 2017/18 Premier League.
Manchester City vs Liverpool live online: potential line-ups
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy, D. Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, B. Silva, Jesus, Sané
Head coach: Pep Guardiola
Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané
Head coach: Jürgen Klopp
Manchester City vs Liverpool live stream online: betting odds
Manchester City are the bookies' favourites to come out on top at the Etihad Stadium, with a win for the hosts priced at €1.85 per euro bet and Liverpool valued back at €4.20.
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