August 8, 2020, 19:27

5 talking points from Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool

5 talking points from Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool


	5 talking points from Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool

Manchester City cruised to a 4-0 victory over newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the game’s talking points.

Guard of honour


	5 talking points from Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool

A fan gestures towards the Liverpool team coach outside the Etihad Stadium as the new Premier League champions arrived (Peter Byrne/PA)

Much was made of the ousted champions, on their own ground, having to applaud the new ones as they entered the pitch. In truth, without fans inside it was not much of an occasion. Liverpool’s players looked slightly awkward as they walked out, while City’s squad could not wait to break ranks and dump their tracksuit tops on the bench. Liverpool’s coronation was not taken so well outside the stadium, where one fan in the middle of the road halted the Reds’ team coach on its way to the ground.

Raheem Sterling v Joe Gomez


	5 talking points from Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool

Sterling gave Gomez a tough time (Laurence Griffiths/NMC Pool)

The pair had a confrontation in the first fixture at Anfield, which led to something of a dust-up when the players got together on England duty a couple of days later. Sterling drew first blood on the resumption of their personal duel at the Etihad, forcing Gomez to pull him down for De Bruyne’s penalty. He then cut inside to shoot through Gomez’s legs for City’s second and leave the Liverpool defender somewhat frazzled. The centre-back was replaced at half-time.

Another De Bruyne masterclass


	5 talking points from Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool

Kevin De Bruyne caused Liverpool significant problems (Dave Thompson/NMC Pool)

The Belgium international scored the opener from the penalty spot, his first goal against Liverpool in 10 appearances against them, but it was his general menace which caused Liverpool problems. He played as a number 10 but had free reign to go where – and do what – he wanted. And, after Gabriel Jesus wasted one brilliant defence-splitting ball, Phil Foden did not make the same mistake from a De Bruyne pass for the third just before half-time. He was less devastating but just as effective after the break, with his pass leading to City’s fourth goal.

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