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Liverpool show Newcastle United the way to beat Manchester City – No excuses for Rafa now

2 years ago
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After 20 wins and 2 draws in their opening 22 Premier League matches, Manchester City are at last beaten.

A dramatic match at Anfield saw Liverpool win a thrilling game 4-3 (remember them…?).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool a ninth minute lead, only for Leroy Sane to equalise for Manchester City five minutes before half-time.

No further goals until Firmino, initiated a dramatic period of three Liverpool goals in nine minutes without reply, midway through the second-half, Mane and Salah with the third and fourth.

Manchester City wouldn’t lie down though and Bernardo Silva gave them faint hope when reducing the deficit to two goals in the 84th minute, before Gundongan gave them real hope when making it 4-3 in the first minute of injury time. There was still time for Aguero to put a header narrowly wide before the final whistle.

The answer is now obvious for Rafa Benitez ahead of next Saturday’s visit to the Etihad.

Rather than park the bus once again, the Newcastle boss simply has to go out and break Newcastle United’s transfer record five times in the next few days.

Plucky minnows Liverpool having achieved the 4-3 win with a front five of…

£37m Firmino

£34m Oxlade-Chamberlain

£38m Salah

£37m Mane

£25m Wijnaldum

Four of those players just happening to be the goalscorers today.

Clearly there can be no excuses for Rafa Benitez this time.

He has been shown the way to take the game to Manchester City and beat them, so he simply needs to replicate what he watched today…

(***Next week we will be showing you how to build a spaceship using an empty cornflakes box, a handful of rubber bands, a balloon, two carrots and a vivid imagination)
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