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Man City get off to the perfect start against Liverpool but what was Virgil van Dijk doing?

The Dutchman was caught helplessly out of position for City's opening goal

We’ve got a game on our hands, folks.

Man City needed to be aggressive and score early tonight and that’s what they’ve done, with Gabriel Jesus slotting past Loris Karius after just two minute.

Two minutes! This is exactly what Pep Guardiola wanted from his side. 

One happy Pep

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One happy Pep

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From kick-off, you could tell this one was going to be tasty – with Sadio Mane fouling Kevin de Bruyne inside the opening 30 seconds.

And moments later, Fernandinho managed to slice open the Liverpool the defence with a long pass to Raheem Sterling, who got his head up and squared the ball perfectly for Jesus to score.

It was classic sweaty FIFA tactics.

But in the build-up, it looked like Reds defender Virgil van Dijk was fouled by Sterling, before the ball went to Fernandinho.

If you look carefully, he seems to fall off the pitch after being challenged by the City winger, which meant he was out of position when the ball came back in.

Sterling tussles with van Dijk for the ball and the Dutchman is feeling the pressure

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Sterling tussles with van Dijk for the ball and the Dutchman is feeling the pressure

The defender doesn’t have enough time to clear the ball cleanly and loses his balance on the touchline

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The defender doesn’t have enough time to clear the ball cleanly and loses his balance on the touchline

He’s on the ground out of shot and is leaving an almighty gap in Liverpool’s defence

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He’s on the ground out of shot and is leaving an almighty gap in Liverpool’s defence

He’s not happy

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He’s not happy

He was absolutely furious with the referee, but we’re not sure why he didn’t just try to clear the ball further up field.

Either way, that’s Rio Ferdinand’s pre-match praise of him out of the window, eh?


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