Liverpool's first-half display against Man City 'as good as anything I can remember,' says Jamie Carragher

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (R) celebrates
Image: Martin Skrtel (right) sealed the win late on following Liverpool's great start

Jamie Carragher has said the first half of Liverpool's 4-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday evening was "as good as anything" he can remember in the Premier League.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, the former Liverpool defender praised the Reds' start at the Etihad Stadium, where they scored three of their four goals inside the opening 32 minutes.

Eliaquim Mangala scored an early own goal to gift the visitors a perfect start, before Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino added to the tally in the first half and Martin Skrtel scored the fourth late on to give Jurgen Klopp's men a stunning away victory.

Carragher said: "The first 30 or 35 minutes was as good as anything I can remember, not from Klopp or any Liverpool team, but in the Premier League - at least when going away to a big team like Man City who are one of the top sides."

The Sky Sports pundit said the narrow style of attack that helped cause disarray among the City defence brought back memories of some of Liverpool's greatest players.

Neville on 'fantastic' Liverpool

Neville on 'fantastic' Liverpool

Gary Neville says "fantastic" Liverpool executed Jurgen Klopp's tactics brilliantly.

"For Liverpool supporters in their forties or fifties, the run they went on for the first goal was like Ian Rush running onto the end of a Kenny Dalglish pass - a straight pass to a diagonal run. That is what you saw all day," Carragher added.

"It was like the Red Arrows watching Liverpool, they were just running through people all the time. They could've scored another two or three goals just from this sort of tactic. 

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Jamie Carragher

"The front three of Coutinho, Firmino and Adam Lallana were scintillating and they played very narrow. The two reasons for that, I think, was to stop Man City - when they were in possession - from playing balls into midfield and force them wide.

"But also when they're that narrow, they can make penetrating runs from there because City centre-backs like to step out to the ball, be aggressive and when they're on the edge of the box, they always hold that line."

Klopp has certainly atoned for his 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace before the international break and Carragher believes the German's philosophy is starting to show.

On Saturday Night Football, Jamie Redknapp and Frank Lampard highlighted the performance of Philippe Coutinho as the key factor in the 4-1 win

He said: "You could see the work that had been done during the week. There was talk about why [Christian] Benteke wasn't playing and Klopp said, 'Well I've been using the same players for the last 10 days in training' and you can see how that's worked.

"We've spoken about the work of Klopp in terms of being organised and pressing. I think that was the first time we've seen the work of him offensively, what he can do and maybe the damage he can cause with his teams, and that's from working with those players for 10 days during the international break."

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