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Liverpool’s bargain full backs show Man City spending BIG can be futile

The Reds' duo of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson completely outshone their City counterparts

The dust is settling after another memorable European night at Anfield.

The ‘famous’ atmosphere was a myth, they said. Man City would be too strong, they said.


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Those predictions went well then

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Those predictions went well then

Well Liverpool’s incredible 3-0 win completely blew those predictions out of the water.

And one of the main talking points from their trailblazing victory was the performance of their full backs in the face of their £111m counterparts.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been underfire in recent weeks but he pocketed the best winger in English football for the full 90 minutes.

A local boy at the peak of his powers

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A local boy at the peak of his powers

On the opposite flank, Andy Robertson is rapidly becoming an Anfield legend.

Liverpool pulled off arguably the coup of the summer signing Robertson from Hull for £8m, especially when you consider Kevin Stewart went the other way for the same price.

Robertson is equally brilliant going forward as he is going backwards, something the Reds have missed at left back since John Arne Riise.

Already a Kop icon

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Already a Kop icon

The Scot, for the second time in three months, bullied the Kop’s public enemy number one Raheem Sterling and failed to give him a sniff.

When you consider City’s starting full backs – Kyle Walker and Aymeric Laporte – cost a combined £111m it really underlines the promotion of youth and savvy scouting departments.

Both Walker and Laporte are good players but were completely outclassed.

Walker had a night to forget

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Walker had a night to forget

Walker was sloppy for Liverpool’s first and was outfought and out thought by Robertson and Sadio Mane all night.

Laporte? A centre back up against the most prolific marksmen in the Premier League? Merely a sacrificial lamb.

Salah v Laporte was a mismatch

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Salah v Laporte was a mismatch

Amongst everything we learned from an unforgettable night, this little battle within the war was really refreshing.

City forked out the best part of £200m on defenders last summer – but spending simply isn’t always the winning formula.


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