The Premier League returned, but although Jürgen Klopp was grateful for the break due to the international break, his team continued to show the weaknesses that caused them to fall in the Champions League against Madrid and also against recently promoted Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth. The reds disappointed again, despite having a slight advantage: the absence of Erling Haaland. The Norwegian left the concentration with his team and although Guardiola threatened to line him up on Saturday, the Catalan finally left him out of the squad. City did not miss their scorer.
Two footballers assumed responsibilities in attack, with good results. Although Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 17th minutecatching the locals off guard in a counterattack, both Jack Grealish and Julián Álvarez pushed the Mancunians towards the comeback. The Englishman ran towards his own goal in the 26th minute to cut off another away counter-attack. Seconds later, Grealish found Álvarez inside the area, and the Argentinian scored comfortably. The Etihad celebrated it, also Haaland himself from his box.
City kept pressing, who turned Salah’s goal into a mere anecdote. 50 seconds after the restart it was Álvarez who gave the key pass in the second goal. From midfield, the former River Plate player found Riyad Mahrez on the right wing, and the Algerian De Bruyne, who put his team ahead with a light touchwith Alisson already defeated. There Liverpool lowered its armssomething that the celestial ones took advantage of to start their exhibition.
With quick movements, patience and accurate passes. Ilkay Gündogan scored the third after a good collective play, and picking up a rebound after a shot from Álvarez. Grealish found the reward for his good performance with a goal. He combined with De Bruyne on the side of the box to face Alisson and beat him with a quarter of an hour to go. The Premier League returned, and City once again showed its best version at the cost of a completely lost Liverpool.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (69′, Harvey Elliott), Darwin Núñez (69′, Mohamed Salah), Konstantinos Tsimikas (69′, Andrew Robertson), Roberto Firmino (69′, Diogo Jota), James Milner (81′, Cody Gakpo), Bernardo Silva (82′, Rodri), Cole Palmer (88′, Jack Grealish)
0-1, 16′: Salah1-1, 26′: Julian Alvarez2-1, 45′: De Bruyne3-1, 52′: Gundogan4-1, 73′: Grealish
Referee: Simon Hooper
Arbitro VAR: John Brooks, Matt Wilkes
Salah (19′,Yellow) Rodrigo (32′,Yellow)