Manchester City came into the game with the best away record in the league against the in-form side in the league, Liverpool. Both teams came in to the game with only victory on their minds but it was the Mersyside team which showed more hunger and desire to win the game and sealed a massive victory over Manchester City with a 2-1 score line.
With the win, Liverpool have made their intentions clear of finishing in the top 4 of the league and no team seems to have the capability to stop them from doing so.
Brendon Rodgers decided to leave both Sturridge and Balotelli on the bench to start with Sterling up front. City meanwhile, started with their preferred 4-4-2 formation with Dzeko and Aguero playing as strikers with Yaya Toure starting in midfield.
In the early minutes, it looked like Liverpool were tired from mid-week European commitments but first goal showed the intensity Brendan Rodgers has installed in to Liverpool.
Coutinho was quick on the ball and showed what he is all about by pressing hard and winning the ball from Vincent Kompany and fed Raheem Sterling which then set up Jordan Henderson to score and hand Liverpool the early lead on 11 minute mark.
Both sides played with high-line but with no pressure on the player on possession. Touch players like Coutinho, Lallana, Sterling, Silva and Yaya Toure were enjoying too much time on the ball and it made a great game for everyone to see.
Liverpool have been scoring some wonder goals lately. Jordan Henderson continued the trend with a smashing 20-yard curling effort to put his side ahead. Manchester City, despite suffering home defeat to Barcelona and going behind in this game did not have any negative affect on City’s play and it showed with a slick combination of pass and move between Silva, Toure and Aguero.
Sergio Aguero played Edin Dzeko through to score his 50th Premier League goals and level the game at 1-1. Liverpool were pegged back by City’s goal and it took them 5-10 minutes to get their hold back in the game. As the half time approached both sides were on even and a justified score line of 1-1.
Second half began with Manchester City on the front foot with Aguero coming close with his header. On the night, City were in bigger need for the win. If they want to continue their title ambition going they needed to win this game and shots early in the second half proved that.
Liverpool were happy to play the waiting game and feed on City giving the ball away in the midfield or up front. Manchester City’s weakness were beautifully exploited by Brendan Rodgers’ side as they kept on nicking the balls away from David Silva, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri.
Second half lacked the brilliance from the first half and was crying for a moment of brilliance to lift the game and it came from the Prince of Anfield, Philippe Coutinho. The talented Brazilian produced yet another piece of magic as he curled the ball in Joe Hart’s top corner to put the home side ahead.
Manchester City could not comeback after Coutinho’s goal and failed to create even one meaningful chance to draw the game. Liverpool were dominant in the second half and their dominance showed with the win and perhaps last 2-2 minutes summed up City’s miserable play tonight, when they needed to be on the front foot looking for the equalizer they were pegged back in their own half by Liverpool’s forwards.
Liverpool were the deserving winners on the night just because of the freedom they enjoyed against City’s midfield. If a team is allowing so much of time and space in front of their goal, they deserve to be beaten and Liverpool taught them a vital lesson tonight and perhaps have now ended City’s title ambitions.