Manchester City left Liverpool’s title defence in tatters as Ilkay Gundogan’s double and two costly mistakes from Alisson Becker inspired the Premier League leaders’ dazzling 4-1 win.
Inspired by Gundogan’s goals and Phil Foden’s stylish display, City moved 10 points clear of fourth placed Liverpool after their first win at Anfield since 2003.
The troubled champions were blown away by Pep Guardiola’s side, who became the first team to score four times in a league game at Anfield in 12 years.
City hold a five-point lead over second placed Manchester United and have a game in hand on their local rivals as they eye a third title in four seasons.
They have won 14 successive games in all competitions to equal the record for an English top-flight club, set by Preston in 1892 and Arsenal in 1987.
Despite the prolonged absences of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, City have shrugged off their slow start to the season and sit in pole position to win the title.
In stark contrast, Liverpool are in disarray after losing three consecutive home league games for the first time since 1963.
They have won just two of their last nine league matches as injuries and fatigue take their toll.
Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker reacts after conceding their third goal. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)Source:AFP
Gundogan blasted a 38th minute penalty into the Kop after Fabinho’s trip on Raheem Sterling.
But the Germany midfielder got back in Guardiola’s good books in the 49th minute after Sterling’s incisive run unhinged the Liverpool defence.
Sterling found Foden inside the Liverpool area and when his low shot was parried by Alisson, Gundogan was on hand to thump home from close-range.
Liverpool were gifted a penalty in the 63rd minute after City defender Ruben Dias allowed Mohamed Salah to latch onto Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long pass and responded by pulling him down.
Salah took the penalty himself, showing Gundogan how to do it as he shot high into the net for his 22nd goal this season.
But Alisson made an even bigger mistake than Dias in the 73rd minute when the Liverpool keeper’s sloppy pass was intercepted by Foden.
Foden made a superb run through the heart of the Liverpool defence before cutting back for Gundogan to finish from virtually on the line.
Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan shoots past Alisson Becker. (Photo by Tim Keeton/AFP)Source:AFP
Alisson’s nightmare wasn’t over and in the 76th minute he again conceded possession with a woeful pass.
This time, Bernardo Silva was the beneficiary and he chipped a cross to Sterling, who headed into the empty net.
England midfielder Foden capped the rout in the 83rd minute, cut in from the right to blast past the shell-shocked Alisson.
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