Five things we learned about Liverpool after Manchester City win, featuring Firmino

Liverpool hammered Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Liverpool hammered Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday - and here are five things we learned from the game...

Firmino comes to life

Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino was lured to Anfield from Hoffenheim by former boss Brendan Rodgers, but endured a slow start to life in the Premier League. Having thrived in the Bundesliga, many felt that Firmino could kickstart his Liverpool career under ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp - and that was certainly the case against Manchester City. Handed a role as Liverpool's loan striker, Firmino was impressive throughout, linking up well with his compatriot Philippe Coutinho whilst adding one goal and two assists, and this was by far his best performance for the club so far.

Pressing too much to handle for even the best Premier League teams

Much was made of Klopp's gegenpressing tactics when he arrived at Anfield, and whilst we have seen signs of it working so far, it all clicked against City. Manuel Pellegrini's side are favourites for the title, but they simple couldn't handle Liverpool's high-tempo pressing game, especially in the first half an hour. City's defence and midfield were slow and sluggish, giving Liverpool the chance to press them so high up the pitch - and that led to the opening goal as Bacary Sagna lost possession close to his own goal.

Sterling virtually invisible against strong Liverpool defence

Much of the pre-match debate had been about the impact of Raheem Sterling, who famously turned his back on Liverpool in order to engineer his big summer move to City. However, the England international was virtually anonymous throughout, failing to have any major impact against a sturdy Liverpool defence, with even the much-maligned Dejan Lovren impressing. Reds fans booed and jeered at Sterling all night long, and whilst Klopp will be happy with the way his defence shackled Sterling, the situation may have played a big part in his poor display.

Potentially devastating attack

Firmino's performance gives Liverpool a major attacking threat, but Klopp also had Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge on the bench, and it became clear against City that, with everybody fit, Klopp has some truly superb attacking options. The aerial ability of Benteke gives Liverpool a different dimension should they wish to use it, whilst Sturridge's pace could be devastating in Klopp's system. Having three dangerous forwards gives Klopp something to build on, and if they can smash four against City, other teams should be fearing the options Liverpool have in attack.

Liverpool are building something big

The defeat to Crystal Palace before the international break was a blow for Liverpool, but it was clear against City that something big is happening at Anfield. Beating a struggling Chelsea side at home is one thing, but to go away to City and play them off the park from the first minute to the last is another. Replicating these performances at Anfield is the next challenge for Liverpool, but they have the potential to become a major contender in the Premier League under Klopp, based on this display.

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