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PLAYER REVIEWS: Phil Foden dazzles when Liverpool is slapped after Alisson’s nightmare show

Manchester City won their first league game at Anfield in 18 years, putting them 10 points ahead of champions Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

Alisson’s two blunders delivered a decisive blow in the visitors’ favor, with his sloppy pass allowing Phil Foden to beat Ilkay Gundogan for 2-1 before another errant ball was grabbed by Bernardo Silva, who found Raheem Sterling to go to City’s. third to go.

Phil Foden was the man of the game and finished a fantastic performance with the fourth of his team to underline his team’s title and their determination to reclaim top dog status from Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Sportsmails Dominic King took a look at the action and gave the ratings for the players and managers.

Phil Foden was a thorn in Liverpool’s side and had a hand in three of Manchester City’s goals

It was a day to forget for Alisson after his two blunders put Pep Guardiola’s men on an easy street

Liverpool (4-3-3)

Alisson Becker – 3

Striking to see that a player in his class made such a short circuit; a game from his nightmares.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5

Could not cope with Sterling at times and his shaky form echoes that of his team.

Jordan Henderson – 6

No blame on the captain’s shoulders; tried to prevent the ship from sinking, but an impossible task.

Fabinho – 4.5

Started well, but the concession of the penalty in the first half brought him to unravel.

Fabinho struggled in a match where he had to substitute again in an improvised backline

Andrew Robertson – 5

City did his best to stop the space he likes to attack; Foden was causing him problems.

Curtis Jones – 7

Real bright spark and best of his team for 45 minutes; went close with a shot, later submerged.

Gini Wijnaldum – 6

Has passed the pain barrier this season and has done his best as usual.

Thiago Alcantara – 4

The pace of English football is all too fast for him at the moment.

Thiago Alcantara has yet to shine for Liverpool and today’s game passed him

Mohamed Salah – 6

Won his penalty and hit the penalty kick, but that was only a realistic chance.

Roberto Firmino – 5.5

A threat in the first half and forced a handsome save from Ederson, but eventually faded.

Sadio Mane – 6

The most dangerous of the Liverpool forward will regret missing a header at 0-0.

Sadio Mané misses a goalless header on a frustrating day for the forward

Subs

Shaqiri (for Thiago 68 minutes) 5

Milner (for Jones 68 minutes) 5

Tsimikas (for Robertson 85 minutes)

Manager

Jurgen Klopp – 5

For a long time he was happy with what he saw, but when City made their tactical adjustments in the second half, he didn’t have the answers.

Manchester City (4-3-3)

Ederson – 7

No chance with the penalty, great stop to deny Firmino, a beautiful pass from behind.

Joao Cancelo – 7

Barely gave the ball away and stuck with his guns to hide Mane.

John Stones – 7

A performance for Gareth Southgate showing that he will play for England again.

Ruben Dias – 8

Easy to see why he is being talked about as a potential Player of the Year; colossal.

The arrival of Ruben Dias from Benfica was a major factor in City’s great defensive improvement

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7

Quietly effective, always making himself available and doing well against Salah.

Ilkay Gundogan – 8

Shook from missing a penalty to score the crucial goals; in super shape.

Ilkay Gundogan’s reinvention as a goalscorer continued at Anfield with two more strokes

Rodri – 7

Nothing flashes, but the work he did to keep City in the foreground in the second half.

Bernardo Silva – 7.5

Much more like the Portuguese buzzing around like a stubborn wasp.

Raheem Sterling – 8.5

Guardiola described his performance as “incredible,” which says it all.

Raheem Sterling’s header means he has now scored 100 goals during Pep Guardiola’s tenure

Phil Foden – 9

Passed by players as if he were on Skalextric; great performance and a great goal.

Riyad Mahrez – 5

The only City player to contribute was minimal; disposed of.

Subs

Jesus (for Mahrez 72 minutes) 6

Manager

Pep Guardiola – 7

He tried to downplay it, but you could see how much this victory meant to him; tactically on the spot.

Referee

Michael Oliver – 7

One of those rare days when it was impossible to find a fault with the official. On the spot for both penalties and let the game flow.

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