Even without his star striker Erling Haaland, England’s football champions Manchester City proved their thirst for goals a week and a half before the first Champions League duel with FC Bayern Munich. In their hunt for Premier League leaders Arsenal, the Citizens defeated Liverpool, coached by Jürgen Klopp, 4-1 (1-1).
Manchester City celebrated their fourth league success in a row, with Germany international Ilkay Gündogan contributing a goal. Liverpool took the lead after 17 minutes through Mohamed Salah and could hope for a return to success after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Without Haaland: Bayern opponent ManCity turns against Liverpool after 0: 1
But Julian Alvarez (27th) equalized before the break for the hosts. Shortly after the break, Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne (46′) and Gündogan (53′) scored his fourth goal of the season to decide in favor of Klopp’s Citizens colleague Pep Guardiola’s team. Jack Grealish (74th) sealed the setback for the Reds in the race for a Champions League spot.
Haalands missed his third competitive game in a row. The ex-Dortmunder had already had to take a break from his Norwegian national team’s European Championship qualifiers due to a groin injury.