Manchester City’s chance of retaining the title took a big blow after losing to Liverpool at Anfield. Henderson opened the scoring in the first half with a stunner. However City responded within 14 minutes to level through Dzeko after some neat build-up play.

With City having the possesion in the second half, Liverpool were happy to sit back and hit them on breaks. In one such attack, Liverpool went ahead following a stunner from Coutinho. Just like last season, Coutinho scored the crucial late winner to yet again break City’s heart.  

If Chelsea, who does not play this weekend in league, win their game in hand, City’s chance of retaiing the title will be near impossible. Let us look at how the players performed on the night:

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 6/10

His positioning is still a worry for Liverpool, nonetheless he did what was expected from him on the night. He cannot be blamed for City’s equaliser.

Lazar Markovic – 6/10

He defended well and surged forward at every possible moment . However, his final ball let him down.

Emre Can – 7/10

He looked solid at the back with his physical approach. His distribution was good from the back.

Dejan Lovren – 6/10

Lovren had a good game on the night. He blocked crosses from coming in and his positioning was also decent.

Martin Skrtel – 6.5/10

He was out of position for Dzeko’s equaliser. Otherwise his defending was good as he looked the real leader at the back.

Alberto Moreno – 6.5/10

His pace was a big advantage in plenty of Liverpool counter attacks. His final ball or shot could have been better. He also defended well.

Joe Allen – 6.5/10

He kept things moving in the middle of the park with his neat and tidy passing. But he conquered nothing special.

Jordan Henderson – 7.5/10

Scored the opener from a wonder strike. His workrate on the night was good as he constantly closed down City midfielders. However, his passing let him down at times.

Adam Lallana – 6.5/10

Some of his touches and final passes was good on the night. However, his workrate let him down as he hardly battled to win the ball back or protect it, when he had it.

Philippe Coutinho – 8.5/10

He was a constant threat for City defenders with his passing on the day. His positioning and movement was difficult for City to contain. He scored another scorcher to seal the game.

Raheem Sterling – 7/10

Helinked up well with his attackers to cause City  all sort of troubles. His pace was an added advantage for Liverpool in counter attacks. However, his final pass or shot let him down.

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge (76′) – 5/10

He could have sealed the game in the end, but missed a great opportunity.

Kolo Touré – (83′) – N/A

Hardly anytime to make an impact.

Manchester City

Joe Hart – 6/10

He cannot do anything with both goals. Apart from that, he was good between the sticks and did what was asked from him.

Pablo Zabaleta – 5/10

He was caught out of position on more than once in the first half. Especially for Liverpool’s opener, he never came back to cover Henderson. He however grew in the match with every passing minute.

Vincent Kompany – 6/10

Liverpool scored the opener after Coutinho won the ball from Kompany’s feet. After a shaky start, his performance improved as the game went on.

Eliaquim Mangala – 5/10

Mangala looked vulnerable everytime he was left to defend one-on-one with Liverpool attackers. Especially Sterling enjoyed his battles with Mangala as he came on the winning side on many occasions in  the first half. He however looked composed in clearing the ball away.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 6/10

He was soild at the back and surged forward everytime he can. However, his final ball let him down.

Yaya Toure – 6/10

His passing was surprisingly not up to the standards. However, his big physical presence in the middle of the park was a big advantage for City. He played a crucial role in their equaliser.

Fernandinho – 6/10

It was his poor pass to Kompany which allowed Coutinho to win the ball from the Belgian. He however made up for it by making a crucial interception on Sterling right at the break when he was free on goal.

David Silva – 6/10

He was at the heart of many City attacks and played a crucial role in City’s equaliser. But, faded away as the game wore on.

Samir Nasri – 5/10

Apart from few link-up plays, Nasri was anonymous for most parts of the game and did not manage anything noteworthy in the game.

Sergio Agüero – 7.5/10

He could have had a goal in the first half, if his  shot had not come of the post. Also it was from his assist, Dzeko scored the equaliser. His nifty feet and quick turn caused all sort of troubles for Liverpool.

Edin Dzeko – 7/10

It was a composed finish to score City’s leveller. He was otherwise unseen on the pitch and was taken off in the second half to add an extra body in midfield.

Substitutes

James Milner (58′) – 5/10

Nothing special from the English midfielder, but a typical workman like performance after coming on.

Wilfried Bony (78′) – 5/10

He was hardly presented with any chance to show his potential.

Frank Lampard (83) – N/A

Hardly anytime to make an impact.

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