Let the inquest begin. It was Fernandinho who finally handed the crown to Liverpool. But for Manchester City the questions have only just started.
How can a team that broke so many records last season fail so badly this time around?
The title race has effectively been over for weeks but City’s humiliation was finally confirmed in the most embarrasing of circumstances.
Already behind to Christian Pulisic’s first-half opener, the visitors levelled through a brilliant free kick from Kevin De Bruyne.
Then it all went wrong. Kyle Walker had already cleared one off the line when Fernandinho took matters into his own hands – literally.
Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho was sent off for handball
Tammy Abraham’s shot came in and the makeshift City centre back scooped it away with an arm that was missed by referee Stuart Attwell but picked up by VAR.
Off went Fernandinho. Up stepped Willian. And the Chelsea winger – who could be on his way this summer as a free agent – buried his penalty. The final dagger in City hearts.
They had wanted so badly to string this out. To take it on to their big date with the Reds at the Etihad on July 2, and hopefully restore some pride by beating them.
It wasn’t to be. That will now be Liverpool’s coronation. And you have to wonder how a City side that achieved so much last season can now be languishing 23 points back in their dust.
Liverpool celebrate outside Anfield
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The way it ended at Stamford Bridge, their humiliation was finally complete.
Chelsea won’t care though. They were sensational, weathering a storm in the middle period of the match to run out worthy winners.
Frank Lampard is on to something here. His side are red-hot favourites to qualify for the Champions League now.
And with the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and who knows who else about to be added to this young,…