Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Subs used: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Solanke
Team News: Liverpool made a surprising decision in defence to start Ragnar Klavan ahead of Dejan Lovren, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alberto Moreno remaining the preferred full-backs.
Mignolet returned in goal and ahead of them, it was the expected front six with Coutinho not in the squad and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench.
Liverpool suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Manchester City after Sadio Mane was sent off for a high foot on City keeper Ederson.
The key moment in the game came shortly before half time, as both players charged in for a 50/50 in on goal on the edge of the box. Ederson went down with his head, Mane’s boot came up and there was a collision.
With Ederson injured, Mane was shown the red and at 1-0 with 10 men, Liverpool imploded.
The Reds had started well, with Salah and Firmino both missing decent chances before City took the lead, with a phenomenal pass from Kevin De Bruyne splitting the defence, Aguero and Jesus both running at Klavan, who couldn’t track both runs and Aguero fired past Mignolet.
But with Mignolet called into action, denying both Jesus and Stones after a huge error from Klavan, Liverpool were on the rack and things only got worse when Mane was adjudged to have acted dangerously and was given his marching orders.
And worse it got before halftime, with Jesus heading in from an offside position before De Bruyne, who was majestic all day, beat Trent all ends up and Jesus headed in again. 2-0 and game over.
But that’s no excuse for a putrid second half, in which City ran riot, scoring another offside goal before Aguero and Jesus broke through again, Jesus scoring a tap in, before another error from Trent amongst others allowed City to waltz in down the left and Sane to add a fourth.
Klopp reacted, but his subsitutions did nothing to stem the tide as City piled on the pain, Mignolet preventing Matip from turning into his own net before Sane sealed the win in style with a peach of a fifth goal.
Overall, this was a chastening defeat for Klopp and Liverpool, the likes of which they’ve not yet experienced under the German’s tutelage. It was a brutal lesson in football but it was also a game that was relatively even before the critical sending off. Liverpool need to bounce back, and fast. Bring on Sevilla.