Man City 3-2 Liverpool: Hit-and-miss Reds knocked out of Carabao Cup

    Liverpool hardly eased themselves back into action with a frenetic 3-2 defeat to Man City, exiting the Carabao Cup at the fourth-round stage.

    Man City 3-2 Liverpool

    Carabao Cup 4th Round, Etihad
    December 22, 2022

    Goals

    Haaland 10′
    Carvalho 19′ (assist – Milner)
    Mahrez 46′
    Salah 48′ (assist – Nunez)
    Ake 58′


    After five-and-a-half weeks away, the two biggest sides in England faced off in the cup, and within the first minute, Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez traded chances at either end.

    It wasn’t long until Haaland got his goal, though, with Joe Gomez caught sleeping in the box as the Norwegian pounced onto Kevin De Bruyne’s cross to divert it beyond Caoimhin Kelleher.

    Nunez struck the post from an offside position as Liverpool toiled for an opening, which came through the marauding Joel Matip, whose line-breaking run allowed James Milner to tee up Fabio Carvalho for 1-1.

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 22, 2022: Manchester City's Cole Palmer (R) gets away from Liverpool's Stefan Bajcetic (L) during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 22, 2022: Manchester City's Cole Palmer (R) gets away from Liverpool's Stefan Bajcetic (L) during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Liverpool grew in confidence after drawing level, but De Bruyne remained an obvious threat, the midfielder laid on chances for Ilkay Gundogan and Nathan Ake only for Kelleher to make two strong saves.

    Having lost Roberto Firmino in the buildup, Jurgen Klopp then saw Milner forced off with an injury before the break, throwing Nat Phillips into the fray.

    HT: Man City 1-1 Liverpool

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 22, 2022: Manchester City's Erling Haaland (L) can't get past Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 22, 2022: Manchester City's Erling Haaland (L) can't get past Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Two more changes came at half-time as two players who struggled in the first 45 were brought off, with Carvalho and the yellow-carded Stefan Bajcetic replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho.

    They had barely stepped foot on the pitch when Man City regained the lead, with Riyad Mahrez curling home a brilliant goal, and seconds later the scores were level again as Nunez set Mohamed Salah up for an improvised finish.

    It was 3-2 to City before the hour, though, with another stunning delivery from De Bruyne allowing Ake to head in and atone for his earlier effort.

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 22, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez shoots wide during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 22, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez shoots wide during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Nunez showed clear signs of ring rust as he shanked opportunity after opportunity wide, one that saw him bear down on Stefan Ortega with almost too much time to think about it, wasting a big chance to equalise.

    Tempers flared between Rodri and Fabinho to show this was more than just a warmup to the Premier League‘s resumption, as did the celebrations at the final whistle as Man City progressed.

    For Liverpool, focus now turns to Aston Villa, with a trip to the Midlands to come on Boxing Day.


    TIA Man of the Match: Joel Matip

    Referee: David Coote

    Man City: Ortega; Lewis, Akanji (Stones 60′), Laporte, Ake; Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Gundogan (Bernardo 88′); Mahrez, Palmer (Grealish 73′), Haaland (Foden 73′)

    Subs not used: Carson, Walker, Cancelo, Gomez, Robertson

    Liverpool: Kelleher; Milner (Phillips 38′), Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Bajcetic (Fabinho 46′), Elliott (Henderson 57′), Thiago (Keita 70′); Salah, Carvalho (Oxlade-Chamberlain 46′), Nunez

    Subs not used: Adrian, Tsimikas, Ramsay, Doak

    Next match: Aston Villa (A) – Premier League – Monday, December 26, 5.30pm (GMT)

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