Wow, I’m left both breathless and speechless after that performance by Liverpool this evening at the Etihad. I’m actually at a loss as to where to start, I’m that overjoyed with the win.
Jürgen Klopp went with the same formation that over came Chelsea a few weeks ago which meant there was no place in the starting line up for either Christen Benteke or Daniel Sturridge. Both of whom started on the bench. Although Sturridge is meant to have complained about being fit and being left on the bench earlier in the week. So that meant it was a front trio of Roberto Firmino, Phillipe Coutinho and Adam Lallana. Personally I would have started Jordan Ibe in Lallanas place but what do I know.
My concern for Liverpool as always was Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel been paired in the centre of defence, I’ll get back to that later. After absorbing the early pressure from Manchester City, it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock when Phillipe Coutinho, forced the City back line into a mistake and Firmino crossed into the box and Eliaquim Mangala put the ball into the back of his own net. Phillipe Coutinho then got on the score sheet himself after another fantastic cross from Firmino. Firmino’s cross found Coutinho and he calmly slotted the ball between the legs of Joe Hart and into the back of City’s net. Liverpool were two nil up against the great Manchester City.
And Liverpool fans were in heaven less than ten minutes later when Roberto Firmino slotted home his first goal for Liverpool and Liverpool’s third of the evening. Who would have predicted Liverpool would be hammering Manchester City so easily. Then came the balls up. Martin Skrtel attempted to clear the ball and it only went as far as Sergio Aguero who’s shot beat Simon Mignolet to give Manchester City a lifeline. So as the first half came to a close Liverpool were three one, yes three one up against Manchester City at the Etihad. Memories of the 2013/2014 season started to come back to me.
Martin Skrtel made it four one as the game drew to an end with a fine volley to send the travelling Kop into heaven. That goal just about to me made up for his mistake in the first half that allowed Aguero to score City’s goal. Such was Liverpool’s dominance, Jürgen Klopp decided to take Firmino off and bring on Christen Benteke in a bid to freshen up the attack and give the City defence something else to think about.
The only draw back for me today was the injury picked up late in the second half to talisman Phillipe Coutinho. It looked like he picked up some sort of hamstring injury. His absence will give Jordan Ibe a chance to show Jürgen Klopp what he has in his arsenal. Give him the opportunity to maybe force his way into the team and a regular basis. Oh and Martin Skrtel. He yet again made an error today that allowed City the chance to maybe get back into the game but luckily for Liverpool they proved they had the mentality to shut City out and go on to win the game. Even Dejan Lovren had a decent game today. Just don’t tell anyone I said that.
With Bordeaux coming up this week in the Europa League, you would be a foolish man to bet against Liverpool picking up yet another win in the competition and maybe qualifying from the group.
Written by @themoanyone