Man City’s day was straight up humiliating – a calamity from start to finish

Those Manchester City fans who bothered to turn up were left counting the cost of an expensive but wasted trip.

Perhaps the rail disruption in the north west meaning no trains to London were available, had been an omen for those in light blue. And just imagine the pain in the pockets, let alone the hearts, of those same people when it came to filling up the car for the long drive back to Manchester?

At least there was the chance to beat the traffic and leave Wembley at half time, due to the game being over as a contest.

On a miserable day of very few positives for all those associated with the Premier League champions, this might just have been the only one.

The most expensive footballer in British history did chip in with a goal, just his second since before Christmas, but it will go down as one of the costliest consolations on record given it came from £100m man Jack Grealish.

City's afternoon started badly, before going from much worse to utterly embarrassing and humiliating.

Having failed to fill their half of a stadium for an FA Cup semi final, club bosses were left squirming in the posh seats when some City fans ruined the minute's silence before kick off to commemorate the anniversary of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster.

It was as crude as it was cretinous, so it felt kind of fitting that those responsible found their team 3-0 by the time City had released an official statement apologising to Liverpool. City weren't the only ones that should have been saying sorry.

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Pep Guardiola might be regarded as the best manager in the world, but his team selection and approach to this game made him look more like Mike Bassett than some sort of genius.

He somehow decided it was a good idea to pick replacement centre back Nathan Ake in front of replacement goalkeeper Zack Steffen, while ageing force Fernandinho appeared to represent his side's entire midfield. The end result was calamitous, to say the least.

Jurgen Klopp had likened last week's classic between these two rivals at the Etihad as a boxing match, in which neither team could land the knockout blow.

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But second time round City found themselves picked off at will in such a one-sided contest that referee Michael Oliver could have stopped it before the third round, had Guardiola not thrown the towel in first.

Ibrahima Konate headed Liverpool in front inside nine minutes, before a horror show from Steffen on his own line saw Sadio Mane tackle him and double his side's lead in the process.

Mane then drilled home a third on the stroke of half time – and Guardiola headed to the dressing room looking like the master of his own downfall.

City had been softened up by Atletico Madrid in midweek and here was Guardiola sending out a side to be finished off. The great man wouldn't throw a game of this magnitude surely, would he?

But it wasn't just the goals and the manner of them which should concern City followers heading into the defining weeks of the season.

City's first half performance was akin to a pub side, such was their lack of energy, cohesion, plan and application. It had to be their worst display in recent memory.

Before the break things were so shocking for City that it felt like the only time Grealish got to touch the ball was when he restarted the game following a Liverpool goal.

Grealish pulled one back two minutes into the second half after lashing home from Gabriel Jesus's lay off.

But despite someone called Jesus involved and this being Easter, there was to be no resurrection this time, even though Bernardo Silva scored a second in stoppage time to set up a frantic finish.

Too much damage had already been done – and how lasting it proves to be between now and the end of the season will be fascinating to see.

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