De Bruyne stellar as City thrash Liverpool

Newly crowned champions Liverpool may have been given a guard of honour by Manchester City, however, they suffered a 4-0 mauling on Thursday from their predecessor. 

Liverpool started on the front foot, as they controlled the games and looked the more likely side to break the deadlock.

Barely four minutes in, Ederson had to make a brilliant save to parry Mohammad Salah’s half volley wide.

The Egyptian once again came close to scoring twelve minutes later but was denied, this time by the woodwork, as he drilled in a low one from inside the box.

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The opener finally came when Raheem Sterling was brought down in the penalty box after skillfully beating Gomez with a quick turn.

Midfield ace Kevin De Bruyne then converted the spot-kick, coolly sending Alisson the wrong way, to record his 11th goal of the season.

The game was still open and evenly matched until Raheem Sterling doubled the Citizens lead in the 35th minute.

Phil Foden provided the assist with a defence-splitting pass and sterling gobbled up the chance.

Ten minutes later, the 20-year-old turned goalscorer, finishing a well-worked one-two with De Bruyne with great aplomb as he continues his sensational form.

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Foden has now been directly involved in seven goals since the restart of the Premier League and has undoubtedly been one of the standout performers.

Manchester City soon added a fourth as Oxlade-Chamberlain summed up the Reds night with an own goal.

Hit on the counter, Chamberlain’s outstretched effort to stop Sterling’s shot only turned the ball into his net after Kevin De Bruyne showed excellent vision to set up him in the box.

It could have gotten worse for Liverpool when City substitute Riyad Mahrez scored a wonderful solo goal.

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The goal was, however, ruled out by the VAR for a handball in the build-up.

Kevin De Bruyne has now been involved in more goals than any other player in the Premier League, with 11 goals and 17 assists in 30 appearances, as he further strengthens his shout for the PFA Player of the Year.

This loss means Liverpool have suffered the joint-heaviest defeat by a side already crowned Premier League champions, with Arsenal losing 4-0 away at Liverpool in 1997/98.

Ojele Joshua
Bona Fide football fan with a passion for writing.
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