Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

30-Second Verdict

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

30-Second Verdict

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ANALYSIS CITY paid the price for an abysmal first half that saw them gift goals to the visitors.

Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis were particularly culpable for the goals but every Blue underwhelmed.

Even when a bit of class from Sergio Aguero got City belatedly up and running, they did not create enough to threaten a comeback and a clinical Liverpool deserved their fourth.

KEY MOMENT HINDSIGHT would suggest the decision to leave Nicolas Otamendi on the bench was poor.

The questions about selection buzzing round the Etihad and social media before kick-off amplified through the game as the Blues were picked off by a gleeful Liverpool.

GOOD NIGHT OTAMENDI. IF City fans have been impressed by his performances so far in a Blue shirt, his stock went through the roof sitting on the bench as City's defence wilted without him in that first half. …

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