For it is in the offence where the beauty lies.
Late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan made the final score closer than City deserved.
Virgil van Dijk's £75 million (Dh378.2m) capture is created to lend solidity. Coutinho didn't play in the defeat of Manchester City a year ago. That's how freakish things are. City haven't won at Anfield since 2003, although you've got to remember what City were like back then, they're not the team they are now that's for sure.
Liverpool host the leaders on Sunday 14th of January in the afternoon.
Philippe Coutinho has left them for new pastures.
It was this, combined with his desire to make the difference that saw Oxlade-Chamberlain open the scoring with a superb individual strike, while it was his vision and excellent through pass that released Roberto Firmino to score a sublime second. On the flipside, Virgil van Dijk is a welcome addition to a defence which has never quite inspired confidence.
Liverpool hounded and harassed City, with ex-Red Raheem Sterling in particular a target of Liverpool's players and crowd.
The blueprint for competing with City thus far in the season has been to defend with your lives and hit them on the counter with tricky, speedy wingers. If Roy Hodgson had let Zaha run at Delph from the start, Palace could well have walked away with more than a point.
Sanchez left out of Arsenal squad
Guardiola's team are more comfortable with the player completing his left 6-months contract at the Emirates to get him for free. Incidentally he's won trophies with us.
There was a clearer structure to the Reds' 4-3-3 off-ball shape, with the midfield unit staying narrow and compact as Salah and Mane worked tirelessly to fill in the wide spaces.
Liverpool were rattling Guardiola's men, pressing them relentlessly and attacking with poise and pace.
Manchester City's unbeaten run in the Premier League has come to an end at the hands of Liverpool. What happens on the pitch will determine the outcome of the game; it is as simple as that.
City, still in the hunt for four trophies this term, could also become the first team to win a top-flight match at Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the same season since Wimbledon in 1986-87. City have triumphed against Liverpool just once in the past six meetings in the league, a demolition in their last encounter.
How can Liverpool beat City? Choosing Ederson over Mignolet is as simple a decision as any.
Minus Mane and with Salah soon and strangely substituted, Liverpool lost 5-0.
To date, Pep Guardiola has faced seven managers on 10 or more occasions, but just one of them has a winning head-to-head record against the Spanish tactician.