While Mane's dismissal was a key factor in the game's outcome, the emphatic nature of City's win suggests Pep Guardiola's second season as manager will yield a serious title challenge. City are unbeaten in 12 league games, their best run under Guardiola, while Argentina striker Aguero is now the outright leading non-European goal-scorer in English top-flight history with 124 goals.
45+3': Gabriel Jesus' goal is disallowed for offside.— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 9, 2017
45+6': Gabriel Jesus scores to put Man City 2-0 up. pic.twitter.com/zKM1DSCAtG
It took City 24 minutes to unpick the visitors' back four as Kevin De Bruyne's delicately weighted through-ball freed Aguero to skip past Simon Mignolet and score for the sixth successive home game against Liverpool. Guardiola had reverted to a 3-5-2 system and left-sided centre-back Nicolas Otamendi immediately looked vulnerable against Liverpool's speedy right-winger Mohamed Salah. Otamendi was booked for clattering Salah in the sixth minute and after City's opener, the Argentinian's poor positioning allowed Mane to release Salah, only for Ederson to come to the rescue with a smart save.
Jamie Carrager on Sadio Mane's red card: "It’s a red card. I didn’t think it was, I needed replays, but the boot in face says it all." pic.twitter.com/20ckYkhCPr— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 9, 2017
Joel Matip's lofted pass sent Mane scampering clear and as Ederson rushed from his line to head the ball clear, the Senegal forward leapt and caught him in the face with his outstretched right boot. It was unintentional but reckless and referee Jon Moss immediately flashed a red card. Flattened by the collision with Mane, Ederson spent eight minutes receiving treatment on the pitch before Claudio Bravo came on in his place. Ederson was reported to have undergone tests for a suspected fractured jaw and cheekbone.
PEP: For a long time, City were unable to beat Liverpool but we did it today. It gives us confidence before our Champions League game.— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 9, 2017