Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool suffered their third consecutive home defeat on Sunday after Pep Guardiola's Manchester City completed a 4-1 routing in absolute style. A defeat means Liverpool became the first team in 65 years to lose three straight home games in the following year after winning the English top-flight title since Chelsea in March 1956.
Liverpool's defensive frailties were brutally exposed at the Anfield, and the scoreline would have been way different if only Ilkay Gundogan had managed to put his first-half penalty shot on target. Regardless of that, the German scored twice with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden getting one goal apiece as City thrashed Liverpool at a venue which was a true fortress.
27 – After 23 games this season, Liverpool (40) now have 27 fewer points than they did at the same stage last season (67), the biggest drop by any reigning champion at this stage of a campaign in English top-flight history. Molehill. #LIVMCI pic.twitter.com/lrwiL8Ndko— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 7, 2021
For City, it was their 14th victory on the trot, and they have now equalled the all-time record of longest winning streak by an English club in all competitions; the same as Preston and Arsenal.
Manchester City opened the scoring minutes after the half-time and Liverpool did manage to level through a Mohamed Salah penalty. That penalty goal was, in fact, Liverpool's first home goal in 410 minutes. It also ended Manchester City's run of 602 minutes without conceding a goal both home and away in the Premier League.
Reds' keeper Alisson made as many as two errors leading to the goal and that was one of the talking points from the fixture.
Alisson is the first Liverpool goalkeeper to make two errors leading to a goal in a game since...— Goal (@goal) February 7, 2021
Loris Karius in the Champions League final 😬 pic.twitter.com/r33AjLC6EZ
"It's very difficult to explain that we lost 4-1," Klopp said after the game. "We scored our goal and in that moment, the game can go in two directions, but Alisson made two massive mistakes, gave two goals and then there was a genius situation from Phil Foden.
"But we just have to carry on," Klopp continued. "It's not the best moment of our lives and we will try everything [for the top four]. There are enough games to secure that, but we have to win them."
A defeat for Liverpool called for some banter amongst the supporters and this is how they are reacting to it:
Never forget they hyped this Liverpool team up as the best in premier league history when that history included a Manchester United side who literally won an unprecedented treble and followed it with the title the following two seasons. Laughable.— Anne-Marie Dray (@Anna__Dray) February 7, 2021
Alisson’s blunders undoubtedly decisive (without them it probably finishes 1-1) - but Liverpool’s lack of creativity a major concern again. Their only shot on target in the second half was Salah’s penalty. #LFC— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) February 7, 2021
Ederson kicked the ball straight at Mane in the 1st half & it ended up at the feet of Alisson...Alisson kicked the ball straight at Foden in the 2nd half and it ended up in the back of our net... that sums up where both sides are at this moment in time. #LFC— Indy (@1ndy_B) February 7, 2021
Man City have finally won at Anfield and all it took was £1.5bn in the transfer market, a global pandemic, an empty stadium, a Liverpool central defensive injury crisis and two howlers from the usually reliable best goalkeeper in the league. Congrats #LIVMCI #LFC #PremierLeague— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) February 7, 2021
I just saw the Salah pen situation. Firstly, it’s not a pen, it’s a dive. But if you’re gonna call it a pen then it also has to be a red card based on the precedent set by the Luiz call. Player clear in on goal and Dias doesn’t play the ball. Someone, anyone make it make sense.— (312) Gøøner (@clauff31) February 7, 2021
I know Liverpool don’t have Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip but in the interests of balance can we please remember City have no Kevin De Bruyne or Sergio Aguero out there. The PL’s best player and one of its greatest ever strikers #lfc #mcfc— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) February 7, 2021
Worst English title defence since Harold took a spear to the eye.#lfc— Tony E (@Tony1403Red) February 8, 2021
There were enough signs last night to indicate that we can get back into some decent form again & cause teams some serious problems. This season can still be a huge success if we go on & achieve those objectives. #LFC— Reaaz Ahmed* (@ReaazAhmed) February 8, 2021