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[/sport/teampages/manchester-city.html Manchester City] ran riot against [/sport/teampages/liverpool.html Liverpool] at the Etihad Stadium in the Reds first match since being crowned Premier League champions.
City's attack proved too clinical for the out-of-sorts Liverpool defence as midfielder [/sport/kevin-de-bruyne/index.html Kevin De Bruyne] once again proved he is the best midfielder in the world right now.
Sportsmail provide the player ratings on a forgettable night for [/sport/jurgen_klopp/index.html Jurgen Klopp]'s side at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City battered newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool at the Etihad
Ederson - 7.5
Even more of a sweeper keeper than usual, Ederson's reading of situations over the top was exemplary. 
Kyle Walker - 6.5
A tough assignment up against Sadio Mane and needed to keep his wits about him with the ball in behind. 
Eric Garcia - 7.5
City's high defensive may have represented a problem for Garcia, but another collected display.

Looks a real talent.
Aymeric Laporte - 7
A shaky start, gifting possession away and occasionally out of position. Improved thereafter with added authority.
Benjamin Mendy - 7
Similarly to Laporte, took time to get going, but grew in confidence and stood up to the test.

More zip on the wing, too. 
Centre-back Eric Garcia (left) looks a real talent whilst Kyle Walker (right) impressed too
Ilkay Gundogan - 7
Asked to drop between the centre halves and moved the game on quickly from there.

Sharp and crisp on the ball. 
Rodri - 7.5
Looked far more comfortable in a two-man midfield and was smart in blocking Liverpool runners.
Phil Foden - 8
Always energetic and is beginning to take more risks in the final third.
Wonderfully crafted goal and excellent finish. 
Kevin De Bruyne - 9
Once again the best player on the park. Ran the game. There is no better midfielder in the world right now.
Kevin De Bruyne was the best player on the pitch yet again as he scored and assisted 
Raheem Sterling - 8.5
Could play through the middle, evidenced by a neat run in a tight space for the penalty before lovely chip for his goal. 
Gabriel Jesus - 6
Must sort out the timing of his runs.

Offside too often and City need more in the absence of Sergio Aguero. 
Riyad Mahrez 6.5 (for Jesus, 58)
Joao Cancelo 6 (for Walker, 73)
Nicolas Otamendi (for Laporte, 79)
Bernardo Silva (for Sterling, 79)
Subs not used: Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, D Silva, Doyle.
Pep Guardiola - 7.5
Altered formation to make sure De Bruyne had the run of the space and it worked a treat.

Will feel City needed this victory. 
Raheem Sterling also impressed against his former club at the Etihad on Thursday night
  LIVERPOOL  (4-3-3)  
Alisson - 6
Faultless for the four goals, with those in front of him to blame.

It was always going to be a busy night for the Brazilian. 
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 6
The right back was not allowed to maraud forward as you would expect. Sterling was a real headache.
Joe Gomez - 5
Sterling was too tenacious for Gomez, whose clumsy defending led to the first-half penalty.

Hooked at the break. 
Joe Gomez had a forgettable evening after his clumsy defending led to City's first goal
Virgil van Dijk - 6
One moment shortly after half-time, when he cleared into the stand when a back pass was on, summed the night up. 
Andrew Robertson - 5
Bamboozled by Foden and did not seem his normal self.

Robertson was too eager to win the first ball and was caught out. 
Fabinho - 6
Good when the game was slower, easily snuffing out danger, but De Bruyne's movement was eventually too inventive. 
Jordan Henderson - 6
Unusually subdued, particularly when City took the game away from Liverpool before the break.

Had more control after half-time.
Jordan Henderson was unusually subdued in the first half as City ran up the score line
Georginio Wijnaldum - 5
Anonymous as blue shirts danced around him.

Couldn't lay a glove on those near him and didn't break from midfield.
Mohamed Salah - 6.5
Always appeared to be Liverpool's most likely and unfortunate not to open the scoring when he struck a post.
Roberto Firmino - 5.5
Kept very quiet by City's back four.

Liverpool's main attacking threat came via the two wide men. 
Sadio Mane - 6
Long balls would not quite fall for Mane, who had escaped the attentions of Walker on occasion.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6.5 (for Gomez, 46)
Naby Keita 6 (for Wijnaldum, 62)
Divock Origi 6 (for Firmino, 62)
Neco Williams (for Alexander-Arnold, 76)
Takumi Minamino (for Mane, 85)
Subs not used: Adrian, Milner, Jones, Elliott
Jurgen Klopp - 6
The German set his team up as normal with a full starting XI but they simply did not possess their normal vibrancy.
Ref: Anthony Taylor - 7
Got all of the big calls correct and allowed the game to flow early on, which allowed for a quicker encounter. 
It was a frustrating night at the office for Jurgen Klopp as his champions were crushed
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