Three things we learned as Liverpool thump Man City

Liverpool ran riot at the Etihad Stadium this evening as they smashed Manchester City 4-1.

The Reds raced in to a three goal lead inside half an hour, thanks to a Mangala own goal and then a goal a piece between Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. Sergio Aguero pulled one back for the hosts with a wonderful curling finish from 20 yards just before the break, but Martin Skrtel rifled in an unstoppable fourth to complete the rout in the second half.

It was the Brazilian duo who ran the show for Liverpool in the first half, with Lucas and Adam Lallana also impressing for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Manuel Pellegrini’s City just couldn’t handle Liverpool’s pace going forward and looked lost in defence without captain Vincent Kompany at the back.

So here are three things we learned from that incredible Liverpool win at the Etihad…

Klopp is a tactical genius

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But we already knew that, didn’t we?

Klopp’s decision to play a false nine at Chelsea paid off as his side ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge.

And he did the same again today, with Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho making all the difference going forward, particularly in the first half.

It’s tactical moves like that that catch teams by surprise, especially when you’ve got the likes of Christian Benteke fit and raring to go and Sturridge returning from injury.

But Klopp got it bang on again today.

Coutinho & Firmino have arrived

 


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