Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2 – Coutinho sends Reds seven clear of City
Brendan Rodgers’ team are now Premier League title favourites after a dramatic 3-2 win against a Manchester City who came back from 2-0 down
April 13th, 2014
The last time Liverpool won a league title was 1990 although the Merseyside club have a superb chance of ending their drought following a win against one of their main title rivals which was one of the most entertaining matches you could hope to see.
Both teams were intent on scoring goals from kick-off although it was the Reds who were fast out of the traps and ahead within the 6th minute.
Luis Suarez found Raheem Sterling with a diagonal pass and the England hopeful showed plenty of composure before slotting the ball past Joe Hart to send the Kop wild.
The Reds went for the jugular and City’s hopes of getting something from the game weren’t helped when Yaya Toure had to be withdrawn after pulling his hamstring when attempting a shot from outside the area.
Worse was to follow in the 26th minute when Liverpool won a corner and Steven Gerrard swung in the ball for Martin Skrtel to nod into the far corner, with Vincent Kompany once again culpable and the City captain was also to be at fault for the final goal.
However, the visitors rallied after the break and were back in the game on the hour mark thanks to David Silva’s goal after smart work from substitute James Milner down the right flank.
Indeed, Milner replacing Jesus Navas gave City far more attacking impetus, with the visitors level a few minutes later when Samir Nasri and Silva fashioned a chance which saw the Spaniard’s shot deflect off Glen Johnson and into the net.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side seemed the likelier winners, although the game was decided in the 78th minute when Kompany’s attempt at a clearance was only sliced into the path of Philippe Coutinho and the Brazilian made no mistake with a shot which takes Liverpool seven clear of City.
Jordan Henderson was red-carded in injury time for a lunge on Nasri when losing possession and the midfielder could have few complaints about the decision as Liverpool were looking to close the game out.
The Reds now only have to win their remaining four matches to clinch the title, although Chelsea have to visit Anfield, while Liverpool’s next game is at Norwich.