Liverpool v Manchester City analysis, stats: How the Reds can stop Guardiola’s machine

LIVERPOOL were on the front foot against Manchester City in September before Sadio Mane was sent off – but how did they do it and can it be done again?

Jurgen Klopp’s side had shown early promise at the Etihad, with Mohamed Salah missing a golden chance in the 22nd minute before Sergio Aguero slotted City ahead two minutes later, against the run of play.

Liverpool remained the side that looked more likely to score until Mane was dismissed for a high boot on ‘keeper Ederson in the 37th minute, which proved to be the catalyst for a 5-0 thrashing – the first time City have scored five goals against the Reds since 1937.

The result saw City move to the top of the table and they went on to win their following 16 league fixtures before their 18-game streak finally ended with a draw at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve.

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