EPL 2017/18: Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool, 5 Talking Points
Heavyweights Manchester City and Liverpool met for the early kickoff game after the international break in what turned out to be a scarcely believable match. The Citizens ran out 5-0 victors over the Reds who had demolished Arsenal prior to the international break.
Argentine superstar Sergio Aguero scored the first for City which incidentally also took him past Dwight Yorke as the leading non-European Premier League goalscorer of all time before Liverpool’s Sadio Mane was sent off for a reckless challenge on City keeper Ederson. Manchester City capitalised on the numerical advantage to put themselves two in front before halftime with Aguero’s strike partner Gabriel Jesus getting on the scoresheet this time.
Jurgen Klopp brought in new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Salah at half time which proved to be ineffective. Aguero and Jesus combined soon after for City’s third goal and the Brazilian’s second. Leroy Sane replaced Jesus around the 57th minute and then went on to score the fourth and the fifth for the men in blue, the latter in particular, a stunning curler from outside the area.
While City fans will be over the moon with joy at this ruthless display from their players, Liverpool supporters will be scratching their heads in disbelief at just how much can go wrong in the space of merely two weeks. Here’s a look at the top five talking points from the match.
#5 Aguero and Jesus shine
A lot has been made about Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus’s apparent inability to play with each other with each having been left out of the starting eleven a bunch of times while the other has received the nod. The simple fact of the matter is that these are two individual proven goal scorers who will deliver for you more often than not.
Of course, every coach would like to have a stable and blossoming strike partnership in their arsenal to start every single game with and City have so far not been able to get that with Aguero and Jesus.
Today though, the two South American international rivals teamed up in scintillating fashion, scoring three out of City’s five goals between them, their best moment coming when the two tore down the middle to score the third goal and finally break Liverpool backs. If this display is anything to go by, Pep may have just found the last piece of the City jigsaw that he so desperately needs.