Haaland Nunez De Bruyne Klopp Man City Liverpool 2022-23 GFXGetty

Man City and Liverpool's Christmas cracker! Winners and losers as Haaland & De Bruyne punish Nunez's profligacy

Never mind the World Cup, the Carabao Cup is where it's really at.

After a break of 40 days, domestic football returned with a bang at the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City edged out Liverpool, their great rivals, 3-2 to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

Nathan Ake's header tipped a thrilling contest the way of Pep Guardiola's men, on a night when Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne all shone.

Article continues below

Haaland fired City into an early lead with his 24th goal of the season, only for Fabio Carvalho to draw Liverpool level.

Riyad Mahrez restored the home side's advantage early in the second half, but Salah equalised within a minute for 2-2.

City, though, would have the final say, De Bruyne picking out Ake to secure a rousing win for the Premier League champions, although the Reds were left to rue a trio of missed chances from Darwin Nunez, as their defence of the trophy came to an end.

Here, GOAL runs through the winners and losers from a pulsating night in Manchester...