Man City vs Liverpool, a super Thursday night fixture considered by many as a death rubber contest, base on the fact that there was nothing at stake to play for aside pride, but the matchup of former champions against the recently crown champions was still expected to be a keenly contested affair.
Pep Guardiola before the contest laud the achievement of Liverpool and promise to give Klopp and his boys a warm reception on their visit to the Etihad, a promise he kept by exchanging polite pleasantries before the encounter. Aside prematch, Pep and his wards weren’t polite and respectful to the new crown champions on the field of play as they took their visitors to the knackers table with their heaviest defeat of the season with 4 on replied goals.
From the blast of the referees, whistle City made their intentions clear with an aggressive approach that befits a cup final, harassing Liverpool backline with torrent and waves of attack after attack.
Raheem Sterling was the tormentor in chief of the night as his quick feet and direct play rattled his former club backline all evening, making the impeccable partnership of Van Dijk/Gomez that has covered themself all season in glory with stalling performances look like pair of schoolboys all through the game.
Sterling came out of the contest with two goals and a spot-kick awarded to his credit, to show for his effort on the night, probably one of his best performances this season.
The victory may be inconsequential but Pep and his wards have proven to all who care to observe that Liverpool may have won the title this season but they remain the team to beat in the English Premier League.