02 Jul Foden Eight out of 10 Sterling 7 out of 10 as Metropolis lay down a marker vs champions Liverpool
Manchester Metropolis took benefit of some absent Liverpool defending to beat the Premier League champions 4-Zero on the Etihad on Thursday night.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was bundled to the bottom by Joe Gomez, earlier than two targets in 10 minutes from Sterling and Phil Foden put Pep Guardiola’s facet out of sight by half-time.
A layer of gloss was added to the scoreline within the 66th minute, when Liverpool substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned a Sterling effort into his personal internet to spherical off a depressing evening for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
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Metropolis overcame a sloppy opening 20 minutes to clinically make the most of a string of Liverpool defensive errors, and an aesthetic efficiency from Foden suggests the 20-year-old is benefitting from a sustained run within the facet.
The Premier League runners-up struggled with Liverpool’s intense high-press within the opening quarter of the sport. The defensive unit as a complete additionally lacked cohesion as they unsuccessfully seemed to spring the offside observe with a dangerously excessive line. We may properly have been a unique scoreline if the guests took a number of of their possibilities.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
7 — Guardiola confronted a tricky job to encourage a facet that has been comfortably second-best all season, however his ahead line proved too sizzling to deal with for a Liverpool defence that was usually caught chilly.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Ederson, 7 — A great early save denied Mohamed Salah within the opening 4 minutes, earlier than the keeper expertly rushed out of his space simply after the half-hour mark to disclaim the Egyptian a transparent run on aim.
DF Kyle Walker, 6 — By no means in any direct bother in opposition to Liverpool winger Sadio Mane, however the right-back did often depart his centre-backs uncovered when venturing barely too far upfield. Booked for placing an arm behind Mane as the 2 contested a bouncing ball on the sting of the field, earlier than being introduced off for Joao Cancelo for the ultimate 17 minutes.
DF Eric Garcia, 6 — Stored issues easy as he seemed to take advantage of the prospect given to him by Guardiola, and whereas he was comfortably overwhelmed in a first-half foot race with Mane, the teenager caught to his job and preserved his facet’s clear sheet.
DF Aymeric Laporte, 6 — A sub-par efficiency from the Frenchman, who was responsible of some wayward passing, together with some poor positional play in opposition to the fluid Liverpool entrance three. Changed by Nicolas Otamendi within the 78th minute.
DF Benjamin Mendy, 7 — Picked up one of many earliest time-wasting yellow playing cards of the season within the 42nd minute for taking too lengthy over a throw in. That stated, the Frenchman was wonderful on the overlap, and Salah did not get a sniff in opposition to the World Cup winner.
MF Rodri, 7 — Arguably Metropolis’s finest participant in a gap 15 minutes that his facet struggled to get a grip of. The Spaniard additionally needed to be alert to root out some promising Liverpool counters earlier than his facet took management. Launched De Bruyne with a superb move on the best way to the fourth aim to cap off an honest efficiency.
MF Ilkay Gundogan, 6 — Not as environment friendly in possession as you’d count on, with some free passing within the first half, however the German recovered and located his zip as the sport wore on.
MF Phil Foden, 8 — Laid the ball on a plate for Sterling to tuck away Metropolis’s second of the night, earlier than enjoying a superb one-two with De Bruyne after which lifting the ball previous Alisson to place his facet 3-Zero up earlier than half-time. The England Below-21 worldwide may properly have added to his tally throughout a second half wherein he oozed confidence.
MF Kevin de Bruyne, 7 — Stroked dwelling a 25th-minute penalty to place his facet forward in opposition to the run of play, and the Belgian was continually discovering areas in between the traces to trigger issues for the guests.
MF Raheem Sterling, 7 — Confirmed nice energy to win Metropolis’s penalty as he held off Gomez and drew the foul from his England colleague. Delivered a sensible end within the 34th minute to place his facet firmly answerable for proceedings and later compelled the personal aim by Oxlade-Chamberlain to make it 4-0. Changed by Bernardo Silva for the remaining 12 minutes.
FW Gabriel Jesus, 6 — Began brightly and seemed to stretch the Liverpool backline with some darting runs in-behind, however was by no means capable of squeeze out a significant likelihood regardless of receiving the ball in promising positions on multiple event. Changed by Riyad Mahrez simply earlier than the hour-mark.
FW Riyad Mahrez, 6 — Mixed properly with De Bruyne to create a half-chance for the Metropolis skipper, earlier than dragging a shot simply extensive within the remaining 15 minutes. Unlucky to have a 94th-minute aim disallowed for handball within the build-up.
DF Joao Cancelo, N/R — Slotted in at right-back as Metropolis held agency within the remaining quarter of an hour.
DF Nicolas Otamendi, N/R — Had little to do in his transient cameo.
MF Bernardo Silva, N/R — Unable to create a possibility within the remaining 10 minutes or so, however the sport was received lengthy earlier than his introduction.