Champs turn red

Liver­pool thrashed 4-0 by Man City in 1st game as EPL win­ners

The Asian Age - - Games -

Manch­ester, July 3: As they stepped onto the pitch, Liver­pool’s play­ers were given a guard of honor from Manch­ester City.

It was the only time they looked like Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons on Thurs­day.

“I think they drank a lot of beers in the last week,” City man­ager Pep Guardiola said.

The dethroned cham­pi­ons made sure there was an abrupt come­down from the par­ty­ing.

A mer­ci­less at­tack­ing dis­play sparked by City scor­ers Kevin De Bruyne, Ra­heem Ster­ling and Phil Fo­den con­signed Liver­pool to a 4-0 loss ex­actly a week af­ter its 30year ti­tle drought ended.

“They were quicker than us in mind — we lacked flu­id­ity,” Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp said.

The slack de­fend­ing and lack of sharp­ness from Liver­pool was per­haps for­giv­able from play­ers who had spent the pre­vi­ous 31 rounds es­tab­lish­ing an un­prece­dented 23-point lead to be­come Eng­land’s ear­li­est cham­pi­ons.

Such an em­phatic loss is not how Liver­pool wanted to close out such a mem­o­rable sea­son. Es­pe­cially when there are still has enough games to over­haul City’s record 100-point haul from 2017-18.

Klopp wasn’t as down­beat as the re­sult sug­gested de­spite Liver­pool go­ing a fifth away game in all com­pe­ti­tions with­out scor­ing.

It was a night to for­get for so many Liver­pool play­ers — par­tic­u­larly Joe Gomez, who dragged Ra­heem Ster­ling down to con­cede a penalty con­verted by Kevin De Bruyne in the 25th minute.

De Bruyne and Phil Fo­den helped City stylishly waltz through Liver­pool and show how the ti­tle can be re­claimed next sea­son.

I think they drank a lot of beers in the last week.

— PEP GUARDIOLA

Manch­ester City man­ager af­ter beat­ing Liver­pool

AP

Liver­pool’s star player Mo­hamed Salah (left) and cap­tain Jor­dan Hen­der­son (right) re­act dur­ing their loss to Manch­ester City in an English Pre­mier League match at Eti­had Stadium in Manch­ester, Eng­land, on Thurs­day. —

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