New manager Juergen Klopp saw the best result since his arrival to Liverpool as the Reds beat Premier League title chasers 4-1.

A stunning first-half display of high pressing and counterattacking saw Klopp’s side, which move to within six points of a Champions League berth, surge into a three-goal lead at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, reported Xinhua news agency.

It was the first time since February 2003 that City had conceded three goals before the interval in a league fixture.

First-half goals from Brazilian duo and stunned the hosts which had fallen behind after Eliaquim Mangala put through his own net.

Firmino enjoyed his best performance in a red shirt since joining the club from German side Hoffenheim for a reported fee of 29 million pounds ($45.8 million). He was flanked by compatriot Coutinho, who continues to thrive under Klopp. The pair were involved in all three goals as Liverpool established a firm hold on the game.

Fit-again striker pulled one back shortly before the interval, curling a splendid effort beyond Liverpool goalkeeper .

City slipped to third on 26 points, two adrift of new league leaders Leicester, while Liverpool move up to ninth with 20 points.