Premier League champions Liverpool were brought back down to earth as Manchester City dominated them with a 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.
City showed respect to the title winners with a guard of honour before kick-off, but it was strictly back to business soon enough as Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty put the hosts ahead after Joe Gomez had hauled down Raheem Sterling (25).
Sterling then turned scorer, slotting into the corner from 10 yards after Phil Foden’s pass (35), and then Foden got in on the act, rounding off a fine move following a one-two with De Bruyne (45).
Man City-Liverpool player ratings
Sterling had a say in the fourth as his shot was inadvertently turned home by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for an own goal (66), meaning Liverpool were 4-0 down in a Premier League game for the first time since their 5-0 defeat in this fixture in September 2017.
Phil Foden scored City’s third at the Etihad
In truth, it could have been an even bigger margin as City, looking to defend their record points haul of 100 from 2017/18, kept Liverpool firmly on 86, with just six games and 18 points left up for grabs. The result leaves the gap between the sides at 20 points. However, it was another clean sheet for the Manchester side.