Man City defender Benjamin Mendy's brilliant response when questioned on Ederson's injury

Guardiola joked it would make the Brazilian "more beautiful" and said the injury would probably not sideline him for very long.

In contrast, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saw the action from the other end of the pitch and he was keen to stress Mane was going for the ball, not the man.

Ederson raced out of his area to head clear a high bouncing ball when he was knocked to the ground. It is so important for us to feel that for our central defenders, with long balls, we have one guy to help us. Of course, it was courageous because Mane was coming.

De Bruyne, who set up goals for Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, said: "The only thing we didn't do previous year was win the big games".

City were already leading 1-0 at the time through Aguero's opener and went on to win comfortably with doubles from Jesus and Leroy Sane. Players buckle up, focus on playing more compact and rely on any counter-attacking opportunities that come their way to try and force their way back into the game.

Manchester City play-maker Kevin De Bruyne says beating the club's biggest rivals will be key to challenging for the Premier League title after Pep Guardiola's side swept Liverpool aside in impressive style.

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While City moved to 10 points from four games and joint top of the Premier League, the heavy loss brought Liverpool's impressive start to the campaign to a sudden halt.

"Of course we can't neglect the performance after that - we have to keep it in mind - but we have another game midweek when we can prove ourselves again".

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum said the visitors had not responded well after the red card.

The clash was accidental and the straight red card shown to Mane was controversial for that reason.

"Yes, with one man down against City, it is really not the best place to be, but we do it a lot in training-we defend with only seven players against 14".

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was aggrieved by the decision. "Thank you for all the messages".