Liverpool 1-4 Man City player ratings: Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling tear hosts apart with help of Alisson’s errors

LIVERPOOL

Alisson – 2

What occurred? A pair of minutes, a pair of objectives conceded, a pair of absolute howlers. The Liverpool goalkeeper could also be one of one of the best on the planet however his errors for City’s match-winning double could be thought of inexplicable at any stage. To make one is maybe comprehensible, however two? A shocker by any rely.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5

Did effectively earlier than the break, particularly when going ahead, however defensive frailties had been uncovered within the second half, most notably for City’s opener when Sterling waltzed round him. Liverpool’s brightest attacking spark, however his efficiency will not be remembered for that.

Fabinho – 5

Was this the afternoon when Liverpool’s unhealthy luck with defensive accidents lastly caught up with them? The Brazil worldwide seemed more and more unwell relaxed as the sport progressed. Fortunate to flee full punishment for his penalty-conceding foul, a lazy trailing leg which within the period of VAR was by no means going to cross undetected even when referee Michael Oliver had missed it, and statuesque when masking for Alexander-Arnold on City’s opener.

Jordan Henderson – 7

There is an concept that Fabinho’s future might already be at centre-half. There can also be a passing thought that so would possibly Henderson’s. Not merely as a result of he has been so very achieved in his new function however as a result of there is not any apparent cause to suppose that he is not going to go on prospering within the function. The Premier League doesn’t do brickhouse centre-forwards any extra. And it actually does loads of possession. So might Henderson be a trailblazer for extra central midfielders dropping again into defence? Perhaps. In the rapid time period, the one vexing concern for Henderson is whether or not Liverpool are lacking his depth in midfield.

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Andy Robertson – 6

Beaten by Foden for City’s fourth, though whereas Fabinho and Alexander-Arnold struggled to repel Sterling, Mahrez barely featured down Liverpool’s left. Had some half-openings to create within the first half however couldn’t discover a killer cross.

Thiago – 5

An uncomfortable show will certainly be adopted by uncomfortable deal with whether or not his fashion of play is suiting Liverpool or maybe even hampering it. Booked for an all-too-familiar foul within the opening minutes, Thiago then drifted into anonymity earlier than being changed on 67 minutes.

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Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

On the fringes. Although Liverpool’s midfield was not the weak hyperlink of their show, neither did their midfield three ever wrestle management.

Curtis Jones – 7

One of the few Liverpool gamers to impress. The teen has not gained over all Liverpool supporters however made a superb masking sort out to disclaim Sterling a clear run via on aim early on and typically stood up effectively on essentially the most elevated of phases. It was considerably of a shock to see him subbed concurrently the disappointing Thiago.

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Mohamed Salah equalises from the penalty spot towards Man City

Mohamed Salah – 6

So quiet previous to profitable Liverpool’s penalty that he might have hit the mute button. Converted the spot-kick with aplomb, however barely featured in any other case.

Roberto Firmino – 5

Did not seem to own his common ranges of power and solely as soon as – with a snap shot after half-hour that Ederson tipped – did he supply a direct risk of his personal. Questions are certain to reappear about his contribution to the aspect when the entrance press is just not an element.

Sadio Mane – 6

Liverpool’s greatest attacker, though that isn’t saying a lot on a day when the ‘fab three’ fell flat.

Subs used

Xherdan Shaqiri – 6

James Milner – 6

Kostas Tsimikas – n/a

MAN CITY

Player

Ederson – 6

The City goalkeeper acquired off to a shaky begin when he kicked the ball straight to Mane inside the primary couple of minutes however was dependable as ever when Firmino drove at him on the half-hour mark. Sent the improper manner by Salah for the penalty-kick however in any other case largely untroubled by Liverpool’s assault.

Joao Cancelo – 5

Continued to float infield in his distinctive right-back function however was under his common stage in his one-on-ones, permitting Mane to get a yard on him for a first-half header earlier than fouling the identical player to surrender a harmful free-kick, and then misplaced a duel with Jones that led to the midfielder going shut.

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John Stones – 7

Strong within the air and stored busy clearing the Liverpool crosses into the field, Stones elevated in confidence via the sport and even confirmed off some of his trademark bursts out of defence with the ball within the second half. Thought he had put City again in entrance with their second however had simply strayed offside.

Ruben Dias – 5

Dias was at his imperious greatest for the primary hour of the sport, coolly slicing out an early counter-attack from Jones, however he fluffed an interception and then pulled Salah down for the penalty which pulled Liverpool stage. It might have been a pricey mistake if City’s assault – and Alisson’s errors – had not helped flip it round.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6

Alexander-Arnold might have had issues on the again foot however he had pleasure attacking Zinchenko, notably beating him to cross for a Mane likelihood. There was a sloppy contact which handed Liverpool a nook within the first half however he improved within the second and put in a gentle efficiency to halt the risk down that aspect.

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Ilkay Gundogan wheels away after restoring Man City's lead at Anfield

Ilkay Gundogan – 8

After the terrible penalty miss within the first half, Gundogan’s delight at reprieving himself with his close-range double was plain to see. He suffered an early harm when fouled from behind by Thiago and appeared subdued within the first interval, however he was again to his previous self after the break, demonstrating his new-found eye for aim.

Bernardo Silva – 7

It was his business slightly than his inventiveness which was on present in the course of the first half, when he topped the working and tackling stats, and his urgent might have inspired Alisson’s second unhealthy blunder of the match when the Liverpool keeper gave it to him within the second half. But there was then Silva’s artistry on present as he lobbed the ball over the keeper for Sterling to nod within the third. A dedicated efficiency, whether or not in midfield or pushed up high.

Rodri – 7

Rodri put in a usually methodical efficiency in possession and was nearly excellent with his passing accuracy within the first half however he was additionally efficient in defence, topping the stats for regaining possession.

Riyad Mahrez – 6

Deployed on the correct of a three-man assault within the first half and then a wider function within the second, Mahrez struggled to bother Liverpool’s Robertson. His 91 per cent passing accuracy within the first half hinted at his – and City’s – cautious method. Subbed off on 73 minutes.

Phil Foden – 9

A cultured efficiency from an aesthetic player – and what a gem City have developed. It was his saved shot which got here out for Gundogan’s opener however City’s second owed loads to the brilliance of Foden, after Alisson had given it to him. He glided previous a pair of Liverpool defenders to tee up his team-mate. Not lengthy after he acquired himself on the scoresheet with a thumping strike after slicing in from the correct. The false 9 place of the primary half was a problem – he didn’t fairly have the legs to finish a solo counter-attack – however in and across the field he is so harmful.

Raheem Sterling – 9

At instances within the first half he was pressured proper again into his personal field to help out defensively however coming in off the left flank he gave Alexander-Arnold a wretched time. He gained the penalty off Fabinho after skipping previous his England team-mate and repeated the trick within the second half within the build-up to City’s opener. Deserved his tap-in to make it three.

Subs used

Gabriel Jesus – 6

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