Player ratings: Liverpool 1-4 Man City
Manchester City ran out 4-1 winners at Anfield on Sunday afternoon to extend their lead over Manchester United to four points at the top of the Premier League and with a game in hand.
A brace from Ilkay Gundogan and goals from Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden in the final 15 minutes helped Pep Guardiola’s side extend their lead over the defending champions to 10 points.
Gundogan had blazed a first-half penalty over the bar before he opened the scoring himself. Mohamed Salah had equalised from the penalty spot for the hosts before a pair of mistakes from Alisson gifted City two goals in quick succession to help them on their way to three points.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City:
Alisson 1 – The Brazilian gifted Manchester City two goals in the final 20 minutes – the first to help the visitors restore their lead and the second to put the game to bed.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 5 – Beaten too easily for City’s opening goal and didn’t look comfortable up against Raheem Sterling.
Fabinho 4 – Lazy concession of the penalty and static for the opening goal. Liverpool’s use of a makeshift centre-back really hurt them this afternoon.
Jordan Henderson 6 – Despite four goals against them and with their captain dropping into a centre-back role, Jordan Henderson wasn’t at fault for any of the goals and performed adequately given the circumstances.
Andy Robertson 5 – Turned inside-out by Phil Foden for the Citizens’ fourth. Got forward down the left but failed to create anything.
Thiago Alcantara 4 – Looked very uncomfortable in the middle of the park and was a split-second away from mistiming a challenge in the first half that would have led to a second yellow card. Offered little and eventually replaced midway through the second half.
Georginio Wijnaldum 6 – Not involved too heavily but not at fault for any of the goals.
Curtis Jones 7 – Denied Raheem Sterling in the opening minutes and made some good runs and passes. A little surprising to see Curtis Jones substitute midway through the second half at 1-1.
Mohamed Salah 6 – Won and converted Liverpool’s penalty but otherwise a quiet game.
Roberto Firmino 4 – Offered very little up front though did have little supply.
Sadio Mane 6 – Missed an excellent headed chance in the first half but was Liverpool’s most lively threat on the day.
Xherdan Shaqiri (34 mins) 5 – An attacking move from Jurgen Klopp but Xherdan Shaqiri failed to get himself into the game.
James Milner (34 mins) 5 – Was mostly a spectator for the three goals Liverpool conceded after being introduced.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (7 mins) N/A – Late introduction to try help stop the leak at the back.
Ederson 6 – Had very little to do aside from denying Roberto Firmino after half hour.
Joao Cancelo 5 – Sadio Mane had the beating of Manchester City’s right-back who looked shaky defensively.
John Stones 8 – A strong performance particularly in winning a number of headers. Had a goal ruled out for narrowly being offside from a set piece.
Ruben Dias 6 – Clumsy in conceding a penalty but otherwise not greatly tested.
Oleksandr Zinchenko 7 – Trent Alexander-Arnold was able to get a good cross in early on versus the left-back but Oleksandr Zinchenko largely kept Mohamed Salah quiet.
Rodri 8 – Excellent in breaking up possession and protecting his defence. Composed on the ball.
Ilkay Gundogan 9 – Made up for his missed penalty by twice giving Manchester City the lead from close range.
Bernardo Silva 7 – Worked hard in closing Liverpool players down in an attempt to win back possession. Nice cross to gift Raheem Sterling the third goal for the visitors.
Riyad Mahrez 6 – Rather quiet game down the right wing before being substituted in the final 20 minutes.
Phil Foden 9 – A man of the match performance was capped off with a superb solo effort late on. Phil Foden’s parried effort gifted Gundogan City’s opener before a fine assist for the German’s second.
Raheem Sterling 8 – Won City’s first half penalty, involved heavily in the build up for the second goal before getting a deserved one himself versus his former club.
Gabriel Jesus (20 mins) N/A – It was actually 1-1 when Gabriel Jesus came on for Riyad Mahrez. Got an assist but didn’t test Alisson himself.
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