That was quite a first half. City got an early goal, hit the post and had a goal wrongly disallowed. They were totally dominant. Pep Guardiola is on the pitch, shouting at the referee. I’ve rarely seen him so wild-eyed. He seems to be trying to find out once and for all whether looks can kill.
I’m off for a lie down. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.
45 min: Chance for Liverpool! Oxlade-Chamberlain storms onto a return pass from Salah, goes around Ederson and smacks the ball wide from a very tight angle. He could maybe have gone down after the challenge from Ederson.
42 min:Sane has a goal wrongly disallowed for offside! Karius’s diabolical punch hit Milner and flew back towards the empty goal, where Sane tucked it into the net. He was in an offside position but the ball was played to him by Milner, not a City player, so the goal should have counted.
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41 min: Bernardo Silva hits the post! He came infield from the right and launched a sizzling rising drive from 25 yards that flew across Karius and smacked off the post! It might have taken a slight deflection.
39 min A gorgeous crossfield pass by De Bruyne is controlled perfectly in the area by Bernardo Silva. He moves Robertson one way and then the other before whacking a shot that deflects off the stretching Robertson and just wide of the far post. That was beautiful play from City.
35 min “I’m not saying the ‘Pool should park the bus but boy do they need to stop the flow of the match,” says John Rogers. “Cross field passes via the outside of the boot are beautiful and all but they’re worse than useless if it just gives the ball back to City. Can Klopp bring some, dare I say, Mourinho nous to the party?”