Mane began the assault with a header from Alexander-Arnold’s corner that nestled into the side-netting. Every time Liverpool put a sequence of passes together around Newcastle’s penalty area, Bruce hollered ‘Get out! Get out!’ to the point that his voice was straining.
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Pep Guardiola could have stayed at home on reflection, the City boss having been cleared to travel on the back of an inconclusive Covid test. But there ShoshanaJ 487 camiseta oyarzabal Angeli MaricelaL was nothing ambiguous about the outcome of this match. Nor was there ever likely to be.
Guardiola did that mildly annoying thing when he said afterwards that his side had been ‘poor’ in the first half. They weren’t. No half that includes a wonder strike such as Joao Cancelo’s amid complete control can ever be described as poor.