Champions Liverpool FC have last night, 2nd July, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City FC at the Etihad Stadium on a day that was supposed to be a memorable one for the champions who won their first league title in 30 years and their first ever Premier League title since the competition started in 1992. On a night Raheem Sterling ran the show, the Jürgen Klopp side could not find answers to the constant offensive play by the Citizens who scored four goals and could have had more.
Regardless of the outcome of the game, Liverpool are already crowned champions but considering the pride and honour that is at stake, the match was expected to be a close contest.
Impressive young Belgian Kevin deBruyne had sent goalkeeper Alisson the wrong way to open the scoring from the penalty spot. Then Raheem Sterling added the second. Young English sensation Phil Foden added the third and Sterling forced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into deflecting into his own goal late in the second half.
There could have been more but an injury-time pearl of a goal by Algeria international Riyad Mahrez was disallowed by the VAR for a “handball” by his teammate just before he got the assist.
This particular game has dented the defensive record of the current Liverpool FC squad. And with 6 matches still remaining, there are fears that the defense line lead by Virgil van Diyk could capitulate and concede more goals than expected.