Liverpool have succumbed to their first defeat of the season – a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.
Having started the season positively with a draw and two wins, Liverpool went into Saturday afternoon’s clash with the Citizens in confident mood. However, what transpired has understandably left some Reds more than a little worried.
With the game finely poised at 1-0, the turning point came in the 37th minute as Sadio Mane’s high leg caught City stopper Ederson in the face following a long ball out from the back.
— N • E • M • O (@TafadzwaMunemo) September 9, 2017
Opinion on the decision to award Mane a red card has, generally, been split, but some were certainly aggrieved by the outcome.
Mane red. Shocking decision, he had no choice but to go for it.
— Charlie (@AnfIeldNotion) September 9, 2017
Makes genuine attempt for ⚽️. A contact sport now refereed with over sensitive interpretation rather than common sense.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) September 9, 2017
— Damo (@Damo_RVLT) September 9, 2017
Mane shouldn't went off but well played @ManCity deserved win and glad their keeper ok ??
— ☘️Irish_Red ☘️ (@irish_kop96) September 9, 2017
The performance in general has, however, been the main focus of discussion following a putrid afternoon for the Reds.
Liverpool won't do what other teams do. When it's over they won't just shut the door save their blushes. They keep going forward #MCILIV
— Charlie Wood (@CharliewWood) September 9, 2017
Say whatever you want about Liverpool's defence but you cannot be losing 5-0 after going 10 men down.
— Mike (@MikeMongie) September 9, 2017
When you support Liverpool pic.twitter.com/PGYtUYIV8E
— Joe (@JoeLFC_) September 9, 2017
Liverpool’s defence is laughable.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 9, 2017
Liverpool defense which cost £17 million ripped apart by £155 million City attack
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 9, 2017
Good of Liverpool to make Oxlade-Chamberlain feel like he never left Arsenal.
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) September 9, 2017
The result on its own does not have a huge bearing on Liverpool’s position in the table at this early stage but losing so comprehensively to one of your top four rivals does not bode well for the future.
Pep Guardiola’s side’s attentions now turn to Wednesday night and the club’s opening Champions League group stage clash against Feyenoord in Rotterdam while Liverpool have a tough clash with Sevilla to come.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena