Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2 – Skrtel hero to villain at Anfield
For thirty minutes of Sunday’s match at Anfield, it was a cagey encounter between a team licking their wounds after a 3-0 reverse at West Brom and a side that were defensively leaky when beating Southampton 3-2.
August 26th, 2012
However, Steven Gerrard proved at Euro 2012 that his crossing ability can be sensational and the Liverpool captain’s whipped ball earned a corner which then enabled the same player to put the ball on the head of Martin Skrtel for the opening goal.
This was a much improved Reds performance with Joe Allen helping the home side to boss the midfield and Raheem Sterling look like a very bright talent, with Brendan Rodgers opting to play the 17-year-old for the whole match.
However, there were still frailties in the Liverpool defence and Carlos Tevez’s cross in the 63rd minute was not dealt with as Pepe Reina flapped at the ball and Martin Kelly could only knock the ball into the path of Yaya Toure for the first equaliser.
It took the Merseyside team just three minutes to restore their lead as Luis Suarez made amends for profligate finishing at The Hawthorns by curling a free-kick around the wall and past Joe Hart to send Anfield into raptures.
Just as it seemed Liverpool were going to record a famous victory, Martin Skrtel was harried in defence and the Slovakian’s back pass to Reina was woefully short which allowed Tevez to fire home his team’s second of the game.