Manchester City entertained Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium earlier today as they hoped to secure a positive result at home in the Premier League. The Mancunian giants made a poor start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the 17th minute when Mohamed Salah found the back of the net. Julian Alvarez equalised for the home side just ten minutes later when he got his name on the scoresheet. Both teams went into the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.
Kevin De Bruyne gave Man City the lead almost immediately after the restart before Ilkay Gundogan put daylight between the two sides in the 53rd minute. Jack Grealish killed the game off in the 74th minute as the contest ended with Pep Guardiola‘s men earning an impressive 4-1 win at the Etihad.
Let’s take a look at how each Manchester City player performed during the match against the Reds.
GK: Ederson – 6/10
The Brazilian keeper didn’t have a save to make in the game but won’t be happy after conceding a goal early in the contest.
CB: Manuel Akanji – 6/10
He didn’t do much wrong at the back and was accurate with his passing.
CB: Ruben Dias – 6.5/10
The Portuguese talent cleared the danger when required and did enough to restrict the opposition to just one goal.
CB: Nathan Ake – 6.5/10
He did his fair share of defending inside his half and was good on the ball as well.
CM: John Stones – 6.5/10
Stones anchored the midfield with conviction but offered very little going forward.
CM: Rodri – 7/10
The Spaniard got stuck in with a couple of solid tackles and made two good runs with the ball.
CAM: Ilkay Gundogan – 7.5/10
He caused a lot of problems for the Liverpool defenders and managed to score in the 53rd minute which put Man City in pole position to win this league clash.
RW: Riyad Mahrez – 8/10
Mahrez created plenty of opportunities for others around him and made two decent runs with the ball. He ended the game with an assist to his name.
CAM: Kevin De Bruyne – 9/10
De Bruyne caused all sorts of headaches for the opposition defenders and made a few encouraging runs with the ball. He has got a goal and an assist to show for his efforts.
LW: Jack Grealish – 9/10
He was unplayable at times on the left flank and managed to score and create a goal during his time on the field.
ST: Julian Alvarez – 8/10
Alvarez was a real menace in the final third and scored Man City’s equaliser in the 27th minute.
CAM: Bernardo Silva – N/A
He hardly had any time to influence the game.
CM: Cole Palmer – N/A
Palmer came on for the final few minutes of the match.