Watching Liverpool’s four-fold attack straight to Manchester City in the first half was like watching the Red Arrows.
This is Martin Keown’s verdict after Jurgen Klopp started with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota at Etihad Stadium.
But the Liverpool manager arrived at the Etihad Stadium with a plan to win this game in an adventurous way.
They were relentless in the opening trades, flying forward at will, while City Kevin De Bruyne was trying to get between the lines.
It was always going to be a problem for Liverpool. On two occasions in particular, De Bruyne found pockets and that’s when City got the ball rolling.
In the 31st minute he received the ball and fed Gabriel Jesus, who scored with that wonderful lap. Then again in the 42nd, De Bruyne had space and won a penalty, which he unfortunately missed.
In the second half, De Bruyne pressed higher, while Liverpool did not receive as many balls in their forwards as they did before the break.
When in a rush you’ll normally see Virgil van Dijk react by playing sweeping diagonals, or Trent Alexander-Arnold could produce punishing forward passes. But without those two on the pitch, Liverpool started to look predictable.
Overall it was a great game played at a very high level. Of the two, the visitors left the Etihad the happier team.
City might have been able to secure the victory towards the end, but now Liverpool can spend the international break watching their Premier League rivals.