Manchester City Brush Old Rivals Liverpool Aside To Stay In The Title Race
Manchester City embarrassed Liverpool 4-1 to stay on Arsenal’s heels going into the last stages of the Premier League season.
City made a mockery of the rivalry these two sides have had over the last few years but it started in the worst way possible for the Premier League Champions.
Manchester City’s nemesis Mo Salah got Liverpool off to the best possible start after 17 minutes as his first time strike flew past Ederson in goal and after a VAR check to see if Diogo Jota was onside the goal was given to give the away end another chance to celebrate.
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However the joy from The Reds did not last long as Julian Alvarez, who was standing in for the injured Erling Haaland, equalised ten minutes later after a flowing move which Guardiola celebrated in smug fashion in front of the Liverpool substitutes.
The first half ended all square and it was an end-to-end encounter which showed the qualities that both sides had.
Within a minute of the second half City had ended any chance of that carrying on as they stamped all their authority on the game with Kevin De Bruyne tapping the ball home on 46 minutes after a brilliant Alvarez pass from brought down by Riyad Mahrez on the wing.
Heads dropped from Liverpool and less than ten minutes later Ilkay Gundogan extended the home sides lead after a scruffy phase of play the ball fell to him in the six-yard box and he did not any mistake.
The fourth goal came from the player who deserved it the most as Jack Grealish had one of his best games in a City shirt and he topped it off with a slick finish past Alisson Becker who had denied him earlier on in the half with a magnificent save.
He linked up with De Bruyne excellently before finishing first time to beating Trent Alexander-Arnold to the ball, something he did all day on a perfect afternoon.
City’s next game is in a weeks time as they take on relegation threatened Southampton.
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