Man City thump Liverpool to stay in title hunt

2 months ago 20

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Etihad Stadium

Last updated on 2 minutes ago.From the section Premier League

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium in the Premier LeagueMohamed Salah has scored 11 goals in 18 Liverpool appearances against Manchester City in all competitions

Manchester City maintained the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal by shrugging off the absence of the injured Erling Haaland to outclass Liverpool with a magnificent display at Etihad Stadium.

City's 42-goal striker was ruled out with a groin injury, but Pep Guardiola's reigning champions demonstrated their all-round strength by coming from a goal down against a Liverpool side who have made life so difficult for them in the past, to run out convincing winners.

Liverpool caught City with a counter-attack after 17 minutes to take the lead, Diogo Jota making the break before Mohamed Salah applied a thumping finish.

City responded in devastating fashion with the outstanding Jack Grealish, who made a crucial intervention on Salah when Liverpool had the chance to double their lead, crossing for Julian Alvarez to equalise after 27 minutes.

Alvarez was the creator as City went ahead 53 seconds after the break, his raking pass finding Riyad Mahrez, who crossed for Kevin de Bruyne to slide home from close range.

John Stones delivered a masterclass in an unaccustomed role which saw him advance into midfield but also drop back into defence when required, and with City in total control Ilkay Gundogan added the third after a goalmouth skirmish.

Grealish deserved a goal and it duly arrived in the 74th minute when he timed his arrival perfectly to turn in De Bruyne's cross as Liverpool ended beaten and bedraggled.

Follow Manchester City's match with Liverpool and the rest of Saturday's Premier League actionGo straight to all the best Manchester City contentVisit our Liverpool page

More to follow.

helpHow to play

Rate players out of 10 throughout or after the game. The rater will close 30 minutes after the final whistle.

Rating range key1 = Give it up10 = Pure perfection

Manchester City

Squad number31Player nameEderson

Squad number6Player nameAké

Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias

Squad number25Player nameAkanji

Squad number5Player nameStones

Squad number16Player nameRodri

Squad number8Player nameGündogan

Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne

Squad number26Player nameMahrez

Squad number10Player nameGrealish

Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez

Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva

Squad number80Player namePalmer


Squad number1Player nameAlisson

Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

Squad number5Player nameKonaté

Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

Squad number26Player nameRobertson

Squad number19Player nameElliott

Squad number3Player nameFabinho

Squad number14Player nameHenderson

Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

Squad number18Player nameGakpo

Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota

Squad number7Player nameMilner

Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino

Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain

Squad number21Player nameTsimikas

Squad number27Player nameNúñez


Man City

Formation 3-2-4-1

31Ederson6Aké3Rúben Dias25Akanji5Stones16RodriBooked at 33minsSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 83'minutes8Gündogan17De Bruyne26Mahrez10GrealishSubstituted forPalmerat 89'minutes19Álvarez


2Walker4Phillips14Laporte18Ortega20Bernardo Silva21Gómez32Perrone80Palmer82Lewis


Formation 4-3-3

1Alisson66Alexander-Arnold5Konaté4van Dijk26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 70'minutes19ElliottSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 70'minutes3Fabinho14Henderson11SalahBooked at 19minsSubstituted forNúñezat 70'minutes18GakpoSubstituted forMilnerat 82'minutes20JotaSubstituted forFirminoat 70'minutes



Referee:Simon Hooper


Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 4, Liverpool 1.

Second Half ends, Manchester City 4, Liverpool 1.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Foul by Julián Álvarez (Manchester City).

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Substitution, Manchester City. Cole Palmer replaces Jack Grealish.

Foul by Julián Álvarez (Manchester City).

Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt saved. Julián Álvarez (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a through ball.

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Liverpool).

Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Rodri.

Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Cody Gakpo.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Attempt blocked. Rodri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Everything you need to know about your Premier League team banner

Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever before - here's everything you need to know to make sure you never miss a moment

BBC Sport banner footer

Read Entire Article