The Blue Invincibles will not be a thing, at least this season. Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the Premier League campaign in painful fashion, losing 4-3 to Liverpool at Anfield. City played poorly, the defense made terrible mistakes, and Liverpool were just too good on the night. Simple as that.
Liverpool had a frenetic start to the game as the home team in need of a victory, and their intensity was just too much for City at the beginning. The Reds were constantly forcing mistakes and looking very dangerous on the break, and they found an early goal thanks to an excellent long-range strike by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
It took a while for City to finally wake up, but once they got into a rhythm they took over the match, dominating possession and creating some very good chances. Loris Karius didn’t exactly have to work a lot, but it seemed like the equalizer was a matter of time. And indeed it was, because Leroy Sané fired a bullet from the left side of the box and beat Karius at his near post and tie things up at Anfield.
At halftime, a wildly entertaining match with both teams play very well had a deserved draw and the promise of more fun in the second half.
City started the second half very well, dominating the ball and looking ready to go in front, but in just two minutes everything changed: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah scored three spectacular goals after many bad poor mistakes by every member of the City defense, and Liverpool all of a sudden had a 4-1 lead and the Blues were simply stunned and didn’t know how to react.
Thankfully the Blues recovered a little bit and things did not get worse, with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan scoring late to make things a little less horrible on the night. A lot of people will overreact to this result and it’s impossible to control the internet, but we’re still 15 points clear with 15 games to go.
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph (Danilo); De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling (Bernardo), Agüero, Sané
Goals: Sané (40’), Bernardo (84’), Gundogan (90’+2)
Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson; Chamberlain, Can (Milner), Wijnaldum; Salah (Lallana), Firmino, Mané (Klavan)
Goals: Oxlade-Chamberlain (9’), Firmino (59’), Mané (61’), Salah (68’)