Liverpool FC slaughter Manchester City 4-3 by breaking Pep Guardiola’s team unbeaten English Premier League (EPL) record.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring with a fine 25-yard effort after nine minutes, before Leroy Sane beat Loris Karius to level at half time.
Coutinho has been central to Liverpool’s potent attacking style both as a scorer and creator of goals, but Klopp’s other game-changers stepped forward to suggest, on initial viewing at least, they can compensate for his departure.
Pep Guardiola’s side had no answer to a second-half onslaught from Liverpool, who pressed the League leaders and made them pay with three goals in nine minutes.
Man City came out firing in the second half, but it was Jurgen Klopp’s men who made the breakthrough with Roberto Firmino
holding off John Stones before chipping Ederson after 59 minutes.
City were to pay with three goals in nine minutes with Roberto Firmino holding off John Stones before chipping Ederson after 59 minutes.
City’s goalkeeper Ederson was made to pay for an error after he raced out of his box to clear a ball to Mohamed Salah who chipped the ball over the stranded goalkeeper from 40 yards.
Bernardo Silva scored City’s second goal with seven minutes to go to leave the Anfield faithful slightly nervous and Ilkay Gundogan’s 91st-minute left Klopp confused.
Liverpool were three goals ahead seven minutes later as Ederson raced out of his box only to clear to Mohamed Salah, who cut the ball out before chipping the stranded goalkeeper from 40 yards.
Bernardo Silva scored City’s second goal with seven minutes to go to leave the Anfield faithful slightly nervy – and Ilkay Gundogan’s 91st-minute left Klopp apoplectic – but Guardiola’s men ran out of steam as Liverpool ended City’s hopes of matching Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team of the 2003-04 season.
This was all backed up by relentless pressing and harassing in midfield from players such as Emre Can, while Andrew Robertson subdued Raheem Sterling as he produced his best performance since his £8m summer move from Hull City.
Apart from Loris Karius’ poor attempt to save from Sane at his near post, compounding Joe Gomez’s mistake, this was an outstanding Liverpool performance until their late wobble.