Pep Guardiola’s men thrash the sorry Reds as Jurgen Klopp’s miserable afternoon is completed by Sadio Mane’s first half red card
Gabriel Jesus struck twice while Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane netted a brace as the home side ended up running riot against 10-men.
Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus helped fire Manchester City to victory over Liverpool
Sadio Mane was sent off for a dangerously high tackle on City keeper Ederson in the first half
But the game had been in the balance – with City leading by a single goal – when Jon Moss sent off the Senegal forward.
Both sides had early chances with Fernandinho bringing a smart save out of Simon Mignolet with a low drive.
And Roberto Firmino failed to get a proper connection on Mo Salah’s cross, allowing Ederson to save easily.
But the breakthrough came when Kevin de Bruyne‘s lovely through ball sent Sergio Aguero racing clear and he rounded Mignolet and finished easily.
The Kop could have hit back when Mane played in Salah but Ederson did superbly to save.
The big moment came on 36 minutes when Ederson came charging out of his goal and headed clear.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for the hosts on 24 minutes
Gabriel Jesus netted the second in first half stoppage time
Mane – arriving a split second later connecting with the side of the Brazilian’s head with his high boot – and Jon Moss showed a straight red.
Ederson needed nine minutes of treatment on a suspected fractured cheekbone and headed straight off to a nearby medical centre.
He was replaced by Claudio Bravo, making his first appearance of the season after a nightmare first year at the Etihad.
Sadio Mane was given his marching orders on 37 minutes after this shocking challenge
Ederson was laid out for several minutes following the clash
Ederson was then stretchered from the field as he was replaced by Claudio Bravo
But City were determined to make the most of their extra man and doubled their lead in first half stoppage time.
De Bruyne was again the provider as his cross was emphatically headed beyond Mignolet – a sweet moment as he had seen a header chalked off a couple of minutes earlier.
Jurgen Klopp threw on Alex Oxlade Chamberlain for his debut at the break to stiffen up the middle of the park.
Gabriel Jesus added the third shortly into the second half
Leroy Sane came off the bench to add his name to the scoresheet
But the game was effectively over when Fernandinho sent Aguero clear and he unselfishly squared for Jesus to fire home his second of the game.
And it got worse for the visitors as sub Sane linked up with Benjamin Mendy and then swept home the cross from the French international.
He then curled home his second deep into injury time to compound a miserable afternoon for the visitors.
It was a miserable afternoon for Jurgen Klopp
And Pep Guardiola’s side have left Klopp with a lot to contemplate on the way back to Merseyside
INTERACTIVE LINE-UPS– CLICK on a player’s number below to see their stats
Quotes to follow
Manchester City: Ederson (Bravo 45+1), Walker, Danilo, Otamendi (Mangala 71), Stones, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Jesus (Sane 57), Aguero
Subs: Gundogan, Bernardo, Foden, Delph
Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum (Milner 58), Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 45), Mane, Firmino (Solanke 67)
Subs: Karius, Lovren, Gomez, Sturridge
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