By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Liverpool’s 4-1 mauling of Manchester City was their best performance in Premier League history, according to Jamie Carragher.

The Anfield legend was hugely impressed with how Jurgen Klopp’s team crushed the title favourites at their own ground on Saturday.

“The first 30, 35 minutes were as good as I can remember from a Liverpool team in the Premier League, not just a Jurgen Klopp team,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme.

“Especially going away to Manchester City, a top team. It was like the red arrows, watching Liverpool. Those runs going through people all the time.”

Carragher was not so impressed with Manuel Pellegrini’s team, who he believes have failed to deliver after starting the season in such outstanding form.

The media pundit still nominates City, who dropped to third in the table after Saturday’s defeat, as his title favourites but says they must do better.

“With the quality that they have, they should be at the top the league,” Carragher added. “I still believe they will win the league but you have always got a doubt with City.

“Even when they won the league they won it on goal difference on the last day. They did not really blitz the league and that’s what they should do with the squad that they have.”

Horror show: Manchester City should "blitz" the league, according to Carragher

Horror show: Manchester City should “blitz” the league, according to Carragher

The former defender believes that City’s style of play will give encouragement to their future Premier League opponents.

“It was a one-off game and they had injuries,” Carragher said. “But to lose 4-1 twice, against Tottenham and Liverpool, two teams who are similar and rely on a high energy.

“With City at their worst, there is that lethargy to their play. Sterling and De Bruyne have come in to add energy but there are still those players that we have criticised over the last few years lacking that sort of energy. Will other teams look at it and think, ‘that is the way to beat Man City’?”