Brazilian pair run City ragged as Liverpool score four at Etihad

Date published: Saturday 21st November 2015 7:22

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Philippe Coutinho was the star of the show as Liverpool secured an impressive 4-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Brazilian playmaker has rediscovered his best form in recent games – but hit top gear in Manchester, setting up two goals and scoring himself in a scintillating first-half display.

Coutinho and his fellow countryman Roberto Firmino ran the City defence ragged, with Eliaquim Mangala’s own goal preceding superb goals from the Brazilian pair.

Sergio Aguero curled home a fine solo goal on 44 and Manuel Pellegrini rang the changes at half-time, bringing on Fabian Delph and Fernandinho on for Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas.

But Jurgen Klopp’s Reds scored a late fourth through Martin Skrtel’s piledriver to register another morale-boosting away win, having won 3-1 at Chelsea at the end of October.

The high-flying hosts started slowly, with Mangala and Martin Demichelis looking uneasy at the heart of City’s defence.

Liverpool’s ‘gegenpressing’ was in full flow from the first whistle, and the opening goal came on seven minutes, when Coutinho robbed the ball from Bacary Sagna and fed Firmino, whose cross into the box was clumsily bundled past Joe Hart by the error-prone Mangala.

The goal had the visitors oozing with confidence, and it was 2-0 on 23 minutes when a swift counter-attack saw Firmino find Coutinho with a sublime angled pass, allowing his team-mate to sidefooted a first-time finish past Hart.

It was all Liverpool and Hart parried a fierce strike from Coutinho just after the half-hour mark, only to be picking the ball out of the net again a minute later, when Emre Can’s clever backheel found Coutinho, who in turn dinked the ball to Firmino, who had a tap-in for his first goal in a Reds shirt.

It could have been worse for City as Hart saved a shot from Firmino, who also steered an angled drive inches wide of the upright.

But they were given a glimmer of hope just before the interval when Skrtel’s poor clearance was headed into the path of Aguero, who curled a glorious strike into the bottom corner.

Toure and Navas were hauled off at half-time, meaning Mangala stayed on the pitch, but he was devoid of confidence and Liverpool sliced through the backline again on the hour, when Firmino had just Hart to beat but saw his shot deflect off the keeper and over the crossbar.

Simon Mignolet was called into action minutes later after a James Milner mistake offered a chance to Aguero, whose strike was well saved by the Belgium goalkeeper.

The game quietened down as both managers made changes, with Kelechi Iheanacho replacing Aguero and Jordan Ibe coming on for the irrepressible Coutinho.

Firmino forced another save from Hart before making way for Christian Benteke, who also drew a fine stop from the England number one.

But the City keeper was beaten for a fourth time on 81, when Skrtel won an aerial duel for a corner then smashed a 16-yard strike into the back of the net to put the icing on the cake of a display that ensured Raheem Sterling’s first run-out against his former club was not an enjoyable affair.

Simon Wilkes

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    Philippe Coutinho was the star of the show as Liverpool secured an impressive 4-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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    Oh what a performance. Still puzzled how we lost to Palace at Anfield and show up against City.

    Firmino was an excellent signing by the way



    Palace was tiredness I’m sure of that. That was an immense statement today YNWA


    City players should give this week’s wages to charity and Pelligrini should look up the meaning of the word baffled. I’m baffled how he’s still there. Everton beat Villa 4-0 today. How did City do against the lowliest team in the Premiership?



    Shoulda been 7 or 8!



    Not to take anything away from a very good Liverpool performance, but playing Mangala and Demichelis as the centre back pairing against a team of liverpools quality was suicidal.



    Blue Lion, you mean the current French and Argentine international centre backs Mangala and Demichelis?



    yes, them. You don’t think they are a disaster?



    When I saw that Kompany and Otamendi weren’t starting I thought We could get at City, You can say that they were missing the likes of those Two plus Silva but We still had to go out and play City and try to get something out of the game at a place where our last win was back in 2008 and We did it pretty comfortably, Let’s not be taking away from what was a brilliant team performance from Us, We dominated the game although the possession stats suggest that City had 59% to Our 41%, We got at them from the off and never really let up with the ‘Gegenpressing’ that Klopp is implementing into the side,Every player in a Red shirt worked tirelessly to deny City time and space to hurt us and it worked a treat. Great Win and fully deserved no matter what anyone else should think.


    Playing Man City away and Palace at home are not compatible. yes, the obvious answer is to say “you’re right, you should win to palace and hope for a draw against city”. . but I’m going to highlight the mentality of both those teams and say that man city will try and beat you, while Palace away will leave a lot of men behind the ball and as a result not leave the space for your flair players to really shine.

    I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have beaten Palace, TBH I think we absolutely should have. it was before this game that I made my comment that “if we win our next 2 games, we’re in the conversation for the title”. At the time I was clear in that I wasnt saying “we’re gonna win these games then be title challengers etc”. I was looking at the rather odd fixture list we’ve been dealth, along with the successes and failing of the other teams this season and drawing the conclusion from that. Some called even the mention of it silly but superstition runs deep within most sports. I was really looking to appeal truly to the reasonable side of things and if you look at the table even now after losing to Palace, we’re still doing very well.

    Utd are eeking out wins and who knows, maybe they can keep it up but we’re in the situation where the current champions have already lost I think 9 games in total this season already and the current leaders are Leicester. . .

    This team needs to get better at finishing off teams who sit behind the ball and counter attack us. So many questions now tho regards our first team. . Can you drop Firmino or Coutinho for Benteke Sturridge? I guess Benteke is one to use for stubborn teams for sure.

    anyway, Im absolutely knackered. Talk in better detail tomorrow or the day after. great win, great performance. Hope the tesm carry the confidence to really punish the opposition into our next 5-6 matches.



    Well man-£££ You can always spend another £200m in January – that being a bit nasty.

    But, my word, what a performance. It could and should have been another 2-3 goals, Joe Hart beking the best man-£££ player on the pitch.

    Now let’s not undo this success by doing another “Crystal P”-game next time around against Swansea.


    Sean the sailor

    We played very well against palace. We created lots of chances. Last nights performance reminded me of Dortmund when they went to city a few years ago. We were outstanding last night. That game was played at such a pace. Clyne is an outstanding full back. Firmino showed us the player he is. That was just great to watch. Absolutely brillant. ill never get carried away but that was a delight to watch. City were without key players. We were without Henderson. Sahko. Sturridge and Benteke came on. we could have won by more but for joe hart. Our home form needs to improve but we are going in the right direction


    It was a good performance, made easier by the team City put out and how they played.

    As Klopps philosophy is bedding in you can see it has a bigger impact on our away performances than our home games.

    There were still a few irritating old traits in yesterday’s game – Lallana trying too many flicks that gave away possession too cheaply, Clyne checking inside too often and having quite a heavy first touch, mignolet and his distribution, etc – as Klopp fixes these issues and others I’m optimistic that we will become more consistent.

    We do need to see the Klopp philosophy for home games, as it can’t be the same as yesterday.



    i see Crystal Palace has crept into the discussion and for me it shouldn’t even come into it as even champions and challengers get results like that. people forget that we were in control of that game and had it not been for two individual errors the result may have been different. Also lets not forget we had played 10 games within a 3 week period with a depleted squad facing a Palace that had 6 days to prep. however it happens its football and we move on. As for Yesterdays game you can truly see Klopps influence is permeating the squad with more and more buying into his Philosophy and stepping up to the plate. For me what nobody has pointed out was the growing in stature of Emre Can, he bossed Toure off the park, something i have never seen anyone do in the EPL. as for the front line, Coutiniho and Firmino are showing real promise as a partnership and is definitely the preferred option Klopp is looking at long term. i will go on record and say Mignolet will not be Liverpools number 1 Next season, i even get the feeling he wont be come January. his poor distribution and command of the area prevents us from keeping clean sheets confidently and to be honest it impacts on everything good the team does. the other concern is the long term future of sturridge and markovic… Bentekke, Lallana and Ibe are part of Klopps plans to provide Option B and C. however its that magical 3rd forward required to join Firmino and Coutiniho to take us further. Sturridge can be that man, but his injury record is preventing progression and it will come to a point where the club decides enough is enough which is why the recall of Markovic in January makes sense. if it comes off, it gives Klopp the second half of the season to evaluate if Markovic is going to be the player that lives up to the potential and establishes if sturridge can put a substantial amount of games together. should neither achieve what is required Klopp will look to bring in a marquee signing to ensure a long term option is there to build around pushing both Markovic and Sturridge down the pecking order or even out of the club, (to be honest one would have to go due to the wage bill and current market value).


    Sean the sailor

    Beni you sound like me mate lol. I hear what your saying though. I thought lalanna was very good yday. The home games is a worry when we are supposed to have more procession. Get that right and we be firmly heading in the right direction


    I am Sean!

    I just can’t get carried away just yet – I’ve sat watching a number of Klopp games now and I can see a clear plan for away games but I think the consistency at home is going to take longer.

    I also can’t help but think that yesterday we made a few silly mistakes that were not highlighted because we were not punished for it – other than the augero goal where we gave it away and then allowed him too much space.

    Can has improved but I still have a few minor doubts about what his best position is. I’m not sure he is a central midfielder as too often he hasn’t had the intensity to his game and often needs too much space to play in. He will do the 20 yard runs to tackle but not always the two and three yards to close down space – he is much better under Klopp but let’s see if he maintains it and progresses. He has a great touch, and an eye for a pass – he just needs consistent intensity to his game.
    Maybe I’m just more highly critical as that’s my old position and I tend to watch the central midfielders more – as its where a game is won and lost.


    I agree about Lallana though, and it was Firminhos best game since he joined us – nice to see a bit of tenacity and determination from him to go with his guile

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