Liverpool had been served a largely irrelevant slice of humble pie on Thursday evening as Manchester Metropolis thrashed the newly topped Premier League champions 4-0.
Objectives from Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (og) noticed a shock outcome on the Etihad which left many questioning whether or not Jurgen Klopp’s facet might have partied a little bit an excessive amount of over the previous week.
Pre-match, Liverpool walked out to a half-hearted guard of honour from Metropolis and this turned out to be the spotlight of their evening.
The Reds virtually took the lead early on as Mo Salah hit the submit from the sting of the world.
Nevertheless, the house facet struck first when Sterling was held by Joe Gomez and a penalty was awarded.
De Bruyne transformed confidently from 12 yards.
Sterling doubled Metropolis’s benefit after being performed in by Foden ten minutes later.
The previous Liverpool man may have undoubtedly not loved the pre-match custom, however appeared to very a lot relish a purpose towards his previous facet.
Foden then added a 3rd on the stroke of half-time following a wise one-two with De Bruyne.
The tempo slowed within the second interval, however Metropolis had been in a position so as to add a fourth when Sterling’s shot was helped in by Oxlade-Chamberlain.
After all, the outcome impacts little within the grand scheme of issues, with Liverpool nonetheless 20 factors away from their nearest rivals and due a trophy presentation within the coming weeks.