Darwin Nunez is praised by national media as Pep Guardiola bluffs Liverpool.


Your morning Liverpool headlines as Darwin Nunez is discussed by the national media following Liverpool’s defeat to Man City in the Carabao Cup and Pep Guardiola’s inability to deny reality

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Your early-morning Liverpool news for December 23, please.

Darwin Nunez is praised by the national media following Liverpool’s Carabao Cup loss to Man City.

After losing to Manchester City at the Etihad, Liverpool’s Carabao Cup defense came to an end.

With a 3-2 victory on Thursday night, Pep Guardiola’s team secured a spot in the round of eight after taking the lead three different times. Since the middle of November, neither team had participated in a competitive game until this one.

Ten minutes after Erling Haaland gave the hosts the lead, Fabio Carvalho equalized the score with a deft finish. But less than a minute into the second half, Riyad Mahrez gave City the advantage again.

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland

The lead for City only lasted two minutes, though, as Mohamed Salah soon equalized for the Reds. However, Nathan Ake’s goal at the far post gave Guardiola’s team the advantage and guaranteed them a spot in the quarterfinals. Here is a look at how Paul Gorst of the ECHO and the national media covered the match.

After Man City’s bluff deflates Liverpool’s optimism, Pep Guardiola is forced to admit the reality.

According to conventional thinking, there are only two ways to play the League Cup: either you win it or you gracefully exit the competition as soon as possible.

At least in this instance, Liverpool can claim triumph as a forty-day streak without a competitive match came to an end with a valiant effort that resulted in a 3-2 defeat at the Etihad.

Jurgen Klopp won’t be too sleep deprived in the chilly morning. Manchester City has dominated this competition in recent years, taking home the title as much as six times since 2014. This is due to their eye-watering depth of talent. Few people will bet against that number rising to seven the next year as we enter the quarterfinals.

What will irk the Liverpool manager, though, is how Pep Guardiola’s City, the team they may loathe more than any other at the moment, swiftly dashed their hopes after a promising nearly two weeks in Dubai.

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