Manchester City ended a decade plus of failure at Anfield by comfortably beating Liverpool 4-1 in a great afternoon on Merseyside.
City missed a first-half penalty before two Ilkay Gundogan goals with a Mo Salah penalty in-between and further goals from Raheem Sterling and a scintillant Phil Foden completed the rout.
That makes 14 straight wins and a monumental success for Pep Guardiola and the boys. We move on, to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“What was important was the three points,” the manager declared afterwards.
“Of course, I’m so proud of the guys who have broken a record that has stood for a long time, that shows how difficult it is and hopefully next time we can do a similar performance with people here.
“Anfield without people is completely different because I could imagine being at 1-1 and how different the influence would be on their players.
“But we reacted so well, nobody stepped back, everyone stepped forward with a huge personality. Raheem Sterling had an incredible game, like last season, but a phenomenal performance.
“The commitment from the guys in the stands who did not play supporting their team-mates.
“Three points and I’m grateful for this victory, but tomorrow, feet on the ground and we think about Swansea.”
“The players made the decision themselves and they handled the situation themselves and the players in the middle were fantastic.
“Especially when you react after missing a penalty against Liverpool at Anfield.
“At half-time we didn’t say one thing about the penalty miss, we just had to control their movements better – Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are so dangerous - and after the quality of the players made the difference.”
“First half we struggled a lot because we couldn’t find him because he wasn’t in the positions he should be,” explained the City boss.
“When he plays in the middle sometimes he has the difficulty to understand the positions he needs to be and the places he has to move.
“Right now, he is moving perfectly in the side as a winger, but his contribution for the second and fourth goals were outstanding, phenomenal and the quality is there.
“We cannot forget that he is just 21 and I am pretty sure he will improve. And I know he is a guy who is so calm. He wants to learn. He loves to play football but he still has to understand the game a bit better but he has time to improve.
“His mentality is so good. He is always focused and there is always a feeling he can do something when he is close to the box - we are lucky.
Such a great night for all Manchester City Football Club players, fans and executives. Pep sure did seem happy and that is great as he has put this team in a great place to succeed.
You love to see it Top result but the road is still long ✊ pic.twitter.com/WZoYe2KFL3— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) February 7, 2021