Manchester: James Milner feels there is even more to come from Liverpool after their stunning victory at Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds knocked City off the top of the English Premier League with a comprehensive 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Martin Skrtel celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s fourth goal against Man City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Most of the damage was done in a whirlwind opening period as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead after forcing an Eliaquim Mangala own goal and with further strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
It was some statement by the Merseysiders as momentum continues to build under new boss Klopp while City were left with plenty of questions to answer.
In Man City’s face
Midfielder Milner, who left City for Anfield in the summer, said: “I thought we were outstanding. We pressed them all over the field, created a few chances and I thought we could have had a few more.
“In the second half we didn’t want to keep it tight — we wanted to keep doing what we were doing and get on the front foot. We wanted to be in their faces.
“We didn’t do it as effectively in the first half, and they changed their formation a bit, but I still thought we put in a pretty good second half. There are always areas we can improve. If you look at the teams we have played away from home and the results we have got, it has been pretty solid, but obviously the home form we can improve.”
The opener came after seven minutes as Coutinho robbed Bacary Sagna and Mangala turned Firmino’s cross into his own net. More poor defending allowed Liverpool’s Brazilian duo to quickly increase the lead and Firmino was close to adding two more. City’s top striker Sergio Aguero marked his return after seven games out injured with a fine goal to reduce the arrears but Martin Skrtel lashed in a shot nine minutes from time.