Just a reminder that Red Star Belgrade were as long as 20/1 to beat Liverpool last night with some bookmakers.
And that’s exactly what happened.
The Reds surrendered in sizzling Serbian surroundings, producing their worst collective performance of the season.
Liverpool fans will tell you that result had been coming; they’ve huffed and puffed for weeks, grateful for some superhuman performances from Virgil van Dijk.
But had they taken a leaf from their main Premier League title rivals, it might have been a different story on an awful night in Belgrade.
Coupled with some wasteful finishing, Jurgen Klopp’s side were too timid, too honest with Red Star’s second goal midway through the first half.
Gini Wijnaldum, all friendly and sound, plays the game with a smile on his face.
So when Liverpool needed someone to take one for the team just as Red Star striker Milan Pavkov was bearing down on goal before scoring his second of the night, he failed emphatically.
Do you know who would step up? Fernandinho.
Man City are the masters of the dark arts and Pep Guardiola has actively encouraged his players to commit tactical fouls when they’re overstretched.
Fernandinho is the flag bearer for this ruthlessness instilled in this City side.
In this situation, while Wijnaldum innocently tried to wrestle the ball back legally, the Brazilian would have simply booted Pavkov up in the air and taken a yellow card to stop the attack.
City aren’t just the best around for their liquid football, but also for their win-at-all-costs mentality that true champions require.
Klopp is trying to alter that, but Liverpool are still too nice and are paying the penalty.
A little bit of s***housery now and again could change that.
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