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Amazing Jesus: Man City demolish Liverpool as Jesus scores brace

12 September 2017, 12:15 | Ken Black

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Three thoughts on Manchester City's 5-0 win vs.

The opening match of week 4 in the Premier League was one that won't be forgotten for a while: Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0, taking full advantage of Sadio Mane getting sent off for his high boot on goalkeeper Ederson.

Liverpool winger used excessive force and completely unnecessarily lifted his foot up in an effort to win the ball in a unsafe area and it's fair to say that it is his recklessness that cost Liverpool a defeat. Forget the spectacle, Gary - what about Ederson's face, which now has an imprint of Mane's Nike Mercurial stud configuration? "He wins that challenge, the goal is there for him".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he will not be appealing Mane's red card because it would be "another waste of time" as he also stated the forward is "very, very, very upset".

Goalkeeper Mignolet said: "We have to take the first 20 minutes and how we played before the global break and take it into the next game".

Pep Guardiola's City collected just 11 points in games against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton as they finished third, 15 points off the pace last season.

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With the midfielder fit to make two 30 minute appearances over the worldwide break for Brazil, he was clearly ready to play even if he probably wasn't ready to go 90 minutes.

Aguero's goal, meanwhile, saw him move ahead of Dwight Yorke with 124 goals as the Premier League's leading overseas scorer, a milestone which emphasises his contribution at City. The Estonian boasts neither speed nor skill to effectively neutralize such huge threats as Jesus and Aguero, which is exactly why these two players ended up being left alone far too often in the box.

For all of their attacking flair, Klopp's men remain vulnerable at the other end. "I don't think it was intentional from Mane". And now having missed on Virgil Van Dijk after the transfer window, the decision will only continue to haunt Jurgen Klopp until he pursues a new world-class central defender.

The fact that Manchester City had two great attackers, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, on the bench shows the depth of attack at the club. Liverpool are not strong enough in the heart of their defence, with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren, the latter an unused substitute on Saturday, not good enough for a sustained title challenge.

Under the letter of football laws, Mane was rightfully sent off.

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