PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool

Shaun Bowden

A night to forget as a brilliant City hammer the newly-crowned champions. Here’s Shaun with the player ratings…

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Well it certainly wasn’t the performance of champions, not from Liverpool anyway.

It was a strange game in all honesty, with 4-0 both flattering us and perhaps not telling the full story. The first-half – a fairly even half – saw City take their chances (three of them), and Liverpool choke in front of goal.

Things didn’t really change much after the break either, as Raheem Sterling bagged City’s fourth, aided by an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deflection.

Sterling’s shot deflects off the Ox into the open net

And then VAR saves Liverpool’s blushes, ruling out Mahrez’s late strike for a ‘handball in the build-up’. 4-0 sounds better than 5-0, huh Reds…

Our boys – at times – looked as through they were still on the pisser! But perhaps that’s harsh; Guardiola’s side were imperious throughout. Next season may not be such a walk in the park after all.

Ratings:

Alisson – 6
Can’t really be blamed for any of the four goals. Made some good saves in the second-half, preventing City stretching further away.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5
Unnoticeable in the first half, as the back-line struggled with the likes of De Bruyne and Sterling. Came close to reducing the deficit with a free kick after the break.

Joe Gomez – 4
Sterling got his revenge, in all honesty. Gomez conceded the penalty for City’s first after pulling Sterling to the floor and was easily beaten with a nice turn by his England teammate for the second. Rightly replaced at half-time, and will be disappointed with his showing.

A disappointing defensive performance from the Reds

Virgil Van Dijk – 6
Looked his usual calm and composed self in the first fifteen minutes, but was caught out by Bruyne’s slick passing on a few occasions. Not his greatest game.

Andy Robertson – 3
Clearly still drunk on vodka and Iron bru after securing an extra two days off training. One of his worst games in a Liverpool shirt. Dived in for both the second and third goals, and was ultimately torn apart by a 20-year-old. Shocker.

Fabinho – 6
Cleaned up well for most of the first-half, although could have done more for the goals. Dropped to centre-back after Gomez’s departure, and certainly wasn’t the worst player on the pitch.

Jordan Henderson – 6
Never stopped running, as per usual with captain Hendo, but couldn’t get Liverpool going.

Gini Wijnaldum – 5
His loose ball led to City’s second and ultimately disappeared in the second-half. Liverpool improved slightly when he was replaced by Naby Keita.

Mohammed Salah – 6
The best of Liverpool’s front three, although that’s not saying much. Hit the post with a decent strike in the first-half which, if a few inches to the left, could have changed the game.

Roberto Firmino – 5
If it wasn’t for his new red hair, he would’ve been invisible. Enough said.

Sadio Mane – 5
Missed a couple of sitters in a night to forget. Also forgot how to kick the ball when presented with a gilt edge opportunity – summed up Liverpool’s night.

Subs:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

Divock Origi – 5

Naby Keita – 6

Neco Williams – 6

Takumi Minamino – N/A

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