Less than a week after the end of the World Cup in Qatar, the champions and Jürgen Klopp’s team delivered a spectacular game. The “Reds” equalize twice, but it’s not enough for a win despite the top line-up.
The two top English clubs, Manchester City and Liverpool FC, reported back four days after the World Cup final with a football spectacle – and Pep Guardiola was able to celebrate in the end. The English champions beat Jürgen Klopp’s Reds 3-2 (1-1) in the round of 16 of the League Cup on Thursday. This means that the Reds have lost another chance for the title, after the championship title is hardly possible with a deficit of 15 points to Arsenal.
Ex-Dortmunder Erling Haaland opened the goal spectacle in the tenth minute. Riyad Mahrez (47′) and Nathan Ake (58′) scored the other goals for the City team, in which Germany international İlkay Gündoğan was in the starting XI, as was former Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. Fabio Carvalho (20′) and Mohamed Salah (48′) equalized twice for Liverpool.
If the League Cup was often neglected in the past, Guardiola and Klopp sent stars onto the field in droves. In addition to Gündoğan, City also used the Belgian World Cup participant Kevin De Bruyne. Uruguay’s Darwin Núñez came on in front for Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson came on as a substitute.