MANCHESTER CITY Thursday applauded new EPL champions, Liverpool, onto the field — and promptly showed no mercy by thrashing the visitors 4-0 at the Etihad stadium.
With the title secured a week ago, there was little at stake for Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool side, who showed far from their usual levels of intensity.
The loss, Liverpool’s second of the league campaign, was an emphatic reminder that City will be desperate to regain their crown next season.
Klopp was quick to defend his team’s attitude, as the German rejected any suggestion they had taken the game lightly.
“I saw a brilliant attitude. I saw fight. We didn’t behave like somebody who became champions a week ago. We lacked fluidity. And in some 50-50 situations they were quicker than us,” he said.
“Man City are incredible. I saw their season, they didn’t play a bad game even when they lost,” he said.
Joe Gomez could not cope with Raheem Sterling’s twisting and turning in the box, pulling him to the ground before Kevin De Bruyne converted the penalty in the 25th minute for City’s opener.
Sterling doubled the lead 10 minutes later before 20-year-old Foden made it 3-0, firing past Alison after a swift exchange with Kevin De Bruyne.
De Bruyne found Sterling inside the box and he slipped the ball toward the net with substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deflecting it into his own net.
It could have been even worse for Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez’s fine solo effort in the final moments but VAR spotted a handball by Foden in the build-up.