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3 Things that went wrong for Manchester City against Liverpool

Akshaj Sinha
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12.13K   //    05 Apr 2018, 04:20 IST

It was a rough night for the Man City players
It was a rough night for the Man City players

Manchester City lost 3-0 to Liverpool in the first leg of their quarter-final clash at Anfield. It was a horrible start for City as they conceded after just 12 minutes when Mohamed Salah pounced to put the Reds in front.

Things got worse when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doubled Liverpool's lead following a strike from outside the box. A header by Sadio Mane in the 31st minute meant that City went into the break having fallen behind 3-0.

An injury to Salah forced Jurgen Klopp to take him off in the 53rd minute, finishing off the game with one goal and one assist.

City had the majority of the ball possession but could not make it count as they failed to score an away goal and have a tall task ahead of them heading into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

Here's a look at what went wrong for Pep Guardiola's side:


#3 Torrid First Half

Liverpool ran riot past City
Liverpool ran riot past City

It was a miserable first half for Manchester City at Anfield. They fell behind in the 12th minute only when Mohamed Salah capitalised on a loose ball following Ederson's save off his legs to put Liverpool ahead 1-0 as the ball was failed to be cleared away by Kyle Walker.

Eight minutes later, Oxlade-Chamberlain was given a good amount of space for which he made City pay, as he slotted it home from 25 yards out to make it 2-0.

Things kept getting worse for City as they were not able to have keep hold of the ball for a long time which meant that their creative players were having no influence in the game.

Soon after, Guardiola's men conceded once again. This time it was to Mane, who headed the ball in from close range of a Salah cross to culminate one of the worst performances by a City team this season in the first 45 minutes of the game.

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