Five things learned about Liverpool in 3-0 win over Manchester City

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Liverpool impressed at Anfield as they ran out 3-0 winners over Manchester City.

Liverpool may not have got the silverware they desired from their two clashes with Manchester City, but they certainly handed out some revenge by bouncing back from their League Cup final defeat with a 3-0 win over their opponents at Anfield last night. 

Adam Lallana opened the scoring from distance before James Milner doubled the home side's lead before half-time as the Reds' high-intensity start eventually paid off. 

They were in no mood for letting up after the half-time break as Roberto Firmino added a third for the Reds shortly before the hour mark.

It will have been pleasing for manager Jurgen Klopp, who seemed to demand a response from his players after the disappointment of Sunday's penalty shoot-out defeat.

Somehow, the Reds are six points off the top four, meaning that finishing in the Champions League places is not beyond the realms of possibility if they find a consistent run of form between now and the end of the season.

Here are five things we may have learned from last night: 

Adam Lallana shows his worth

After impressing from the bench at Wembley - despite missing a penalty - Lallana had his finest 90 minutes in a Liverpool shirt. A pot shot from distance that finds the net, a wonderful bit of skill to open things up in the build-up to the second, and some fine persistence that resulted in the third. His performance was that impressive that City tried to assault him yet again. Jurgen Klopp has always seemed a fan of him but he may have put himself firmly in the 'keep' column for the summer on the back of this, and if he continues to impress.

Liverpool show they can respond to set-backs

As far as responding to the disappointment of Wembley was concerned, it's hard to think of something better or more emphatic. Liverpool started quickly, moved the ball around well and once they created their openings, they took the opportunities before them. Jon Flanagan's challenge on Raheem Sterling in the opening exchanges set the tone of a side willing to get stuck into the opposition. 

Defensive unit is much better without the erratic Alberto Moreno

Or should I say with Jon Flanagan back in the side as he bought aggression and positional sense to things? There was that element of no nonsense at the back. Nathaniel Clyne brought his solid play from the right flank to the left, though at times Flanagan looked rusty he made up for any mistakes swiftly and both central defenders looked assured that those outside them weren't going to go walkabouts. One feels that Moreno has a lot to do if he is to earn his place back in the side on a regular basis.

Origi a nuisance as he leads the line well

He may not have got on the scoresheet, but there was a lot to like from the 20-year-old's performance. He occupied the centre-halves, ran the channels, brought others into the game, and his efforts were appreciated as half of the team shook hands with him as he was withdrawn. If you're not going to find the net as a striker, then doing what Origi did last night is a very good close second.

Reds a better side if they focus on their strengths

It seemed to be a night where Liverpool focussed on where they were stronger than Manchester City. Emre Can was used to good effect as he offered more presence, and shielded the back four well, the midfield had more energy and overran City, while someone who could keep the Reds on the front foot in Adam Lallana proved to be pivotal. There have been occasions when the Reds have tried to be too clever in their game plan, not so last night.

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