The heavyweights of Premier League clash this weekend and it will be a mouth watering encounter. While Manchester City stand at the top of the table, Liverpool reside at a humbling 10th position. But with a fresh managerial mind on the sidelines, it will be a battle of the new vs the old. Thus with kickoff at the Etihad arena just a few hours away, we have come up with the list of the top 5 matches between Manchester City and Liverpool.
1. 26th December 2013, Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool
Liverpool lost a crucial Boxing Day match to City who came from behind to secure a win. Coutinho put the visitors in the driver’s seat with his early strike in the 23rd minute. But 7 minutes later the City captain headed a beauty to level the scores and bring his team back in the game. Scoring wise all was sealed by Negredo’s goal just before the half time whistle. The second half too wasn’t short of action despite no goals being scored. Numerous chances were created by both the teams with Sterling threatening to score in the 73rd minute and Negredo was a terror to a shaky Liverpool defense. The highlight of the match was when Suarez appealed for a foul against Jolean Lescott for pulling his shirt but the referee turned a blind eye to it as Skrtel had been awarding the same treatment to Kompany. You reap as you sow brother!
2. 11th April 2011, Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City
This was Liverpool’s revenge for the defeat they suffered at the hands of Manchester City in the beginning of the league and with the same score line! Andy Carroll scored his first goals in the red shirt to send the Etihad arena outfit with their tails between their legs. Kuyt also added his name to the scoresheet. City were outmatched by the Reds in all departments and in the end were left exasperated and frustrated. What was utterly shameful was Balotelli’s performance who came on the pitch in place of Tevez who had to be taken off due to a hamstring. But the Italian international’s performance was beyond pathetic as a result of which he himself was substituted!
3. 26th August 2012, Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City
Martin Skrtel’s mis directed back pass led to Manchester City picking up a point in a clash were Liverpool was the better team on the day. The scoring of the match was started by Skrtel’s powerful header and then just before the break a defese mix up in the Liverpool half provided Toure a chance to equalize and when the whistle was blown both the teams had put up 1 goal each. The second half saw Suarez put the Reds back in the driver’s seat only to be later nullified by a mistake from Skrtel whose advantage was taken by Carlos Tevez and Manchester City thus achieved to save face at Anfield.
4. 25th August 2014, Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool
It was the summer of the fateful transfer that saw Luis Suarez move to Spain. And with a lot of changes going around in the team, the Reds were trampled by Manchester City at the Etihad stadium. A forgettable performance for Liverpool, the win was a walk in the park for City. It was unbelievable that a team that gave them a run for their money last season were humbled without even the best of efforts on the part of City. In a clinical performance Jovetic scored a brace and a final strike from Aguero sealed the deal for the Sheikh’s team. The only redeemable thing for the Reds was an own goal scored by Zabaleta that put them up on the scoreboard at least!
5. 5th October 2008, Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool
It was home defeat for City and was a very dramatic match and hence makes the list. With 5 goals scored in the match it was a contest where one team tried to overcome the other until an injury time goal from Kuyt sealed it in the favour of the Reds. The home team secured a healthy 2 goal lead thanks to the strike from Stephen Ireland and a beautiful free kick from Javier Garrido. Then presumably after a motivational talk in the dressing room, Liverpool turned things around and took the game home. Torres scored a brace and when the scores were levelled and the game entered into injury time, Kuyt stunned the crowed with a last minute decider. the interesting fact of the match is that both the teams were reduced to nine men, Manchester City because Zabaleta was red carded for a foul against Alonso and Liverpool used up their three substitutions of the game and thus couldn’t put any player on the pitch after Skrtel had to be taken off on a stretcher.