Two glaring errors from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson gifted Manchester City a 10th successive Premier League victory and a 10-point advantage over the reigning champions.
Mohamed Salah’s penalty had cancelled out a close-range opener from Ilkay Gundogan, who had earlier blazed over from the spot, during a frenetic second half at Anfield.
However, Alisson twice made mistakes with the ball at his feet, presenting passes to Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva, who found Gundogan and Raheem Sterling respectively to put City 3-1 ahead.
Foden fired home an emphatic fourth to cap a clinical performance from Pep Guardiola’s side, who are five points clear of second-placed Manchester United after condemning Liverpool to a third straight home defeat.
“We showed the courage to play our football and in the end it paid off. Sometimes we’re slow to get going and I think we were better in the second half. We definitely forced the errors, and that’s something we’ve been working on in training. [Could you have struck your goal any better?] No. I struck it perfect and I was just pleased to see it go in.
“This gives us every chance of winning the league, but the job isn’t done. We just need to keep winning games.”
Peep peep! Manchester City end their Anfield hoodoo and Liverpool’s title challenge with a thumping victory. They were the better team, with Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling excellent, but the game turned on two extraordinary mistakes from Alisson in the 73rd and 76th minutes. Ilkay Gundogan also scored twice and missed a penalty in a surreal game. The upshot is that City go five points clear of Manchester United with a game in hand. They will take some catching now.