3 The Daily Telegraph Friday 3 July 20201-0 ** Man marking By Luke Edwards Man City Liverpool 4-3-3 4-3-3 7 5 Ederson Alisson Fortunate not to be punished when palming early Salah shot into path of Firmino but was able to put his feet up for most of the game. Sent the wrong way by De Bruyne from the penalty spot and picked the ball out of the back of the net twice more before half-time. Not at his sharpest. 7 5 Kyle Walker Trent Alexander-Arnold Looks a little heavy after lockdown but retains the support of Guardiola and will want to win his place back in England squad. Whether he can, is another matter. Did not do anything wrong as such. But did not do anything to suggest his head was in the game. Lacklustre, much like the rest of the Liverpool team. 7 3 Eric Garcia Joe Gomez Being groomed by Guardiola with the view to becoming a regular starter next season – which suggests John Stones will leave – and acquitted himself well. Turned inside out by Sterling before giving away a soft penalty and was then sent to the shops to buy something he did not want by the brilliance of the winger. 7 5 Aymeric Laporte Virgil van Dijk Strong and quick, he has become as vital as any other player under Guardiola. Rubs the opposition up the wrong way but nothing wrong with that. Seems to play the game on cruise control, which is testimony to what a class act he is. For once those around him fell apart and he was powerless to stop it. 7 4 Benjamin Mendy Andy Robertson One brilliant cross from the right should have led to a goal. May finally be getting back to his early form after injury issues. Played like someone who had been celebrating winning the title for the past week. At fault for Foden goal and beaten too easily by Sterling for the fourth. 7 5 Rodrigo Fabinho A little sluggish when caught by Liverpool’s high press but a solid enough first season in the Premier League. Lovely pass in the build-up to fourth goal. Such an integral player but was nowhere near as effective. Like all those in red, found it hard to rouse himself against a City side looking for a moral victory. 7 5 Ilkay Gundogan Georginio Wijnaldum Unfussy, he is often overlooked when talking about what makes City such a good team, but this was another quietly destructive performance. Anonymous performance, chased the ball well but was always a split-second behind it. Can be proud of what he has achieved this season but will want to forget this. 4-0 9 6 Kevin De Bruyne Jordan Henderson City’s classiest player yet again and was involved in all the good things about his team. Lights up every game he appears in. A beautiful player to watch. Found it hard to contain De Bruyne and a reminder that he can be outmanoeuvred by the very best in his position. Stuck to the task at least. 8 4 Phil Foden Sadio Mane Looked like he might find things tough against the champions but just keeps coming at you. Could be automatic starter for England next summer. Unable to influence the game, sloppy and sluggish. Had to watch his team’s defence get sliced and diced by City. Not alone but this was poor. 6 5 Gabriel Jesus Mohamed Salah Questions need to be asked as to whether he really is good enough to replace Aguero long term. If City want to remain at the top, they may need to spend. An early snapshot on the run almost caught out Ederson but well short of the standards he has set for himself. Played like his season had finished. 9 4 Raheem Sterling Roberto Firmino Twisted Gomes into a knot to win a penalty and then sent him to the shops to buy something he did not want to score City’s second. Showing his class once more. Should have done better with early chance but scuffed shot and disappeared after that. His haircut was the most eye-catching thing about his evening. Subs Subs Oxlade-Chamberlain (Gomez 45), Keita (Wijnaldum 68), Origi (Firmino 62), Williams (Alexander-Arnold 76). Adrian (g), Milner, Jones, Elliott, Minamino. Mahrez (Jesus 58), Cancelo (Walker 73), Otamendi (Laporte 79), Bernardo (Sterling 79). Bravo (g), Stones, Zinchenko, D Silva, Doyle. Not used Not used Referee Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
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