Anfield was all set to show Manchester City who were the boss and the team did exactly that in a sizzling 3-0 victory on the night when the Citizens were completely outplayed in every aspect of the game. Pellegrini knew he had to get a result from this game to stay in the title race but with this defeat, it seems like the season is all over for City.
Here are 5 talking points from Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City at the Anfield:
- Anfield curse for City:
Manchester City going into this game have failed to win a game in the last 7 trips to Anfield. They were once again overthrown and beaten comprehensively at home by Liverpool and it is now clear that Anfield is not a happy hunting ground for the Citizens. It will be interesting to see if things change when Guardiola is in charge of the Etihad outfit.
- Guardiola might be without Champions League:
Liverpool with this victory are just 6 points away from the 4th placed City in the Premier League table. Manchester United and West Ham are the other two clubs ahead of them in the race to the top 4 spots and this puts City in a tight position. It will not be the best welcome for one of the best manager’s in the world if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.
- Flanagan just threw Moreno out?
The assured performance from the local lad Jon Flanagan will not be gone un-noticed as Klopp will surely be thinking about the 23-year old and his future at the club. The early tackle on Sterling that set the tone for the game got the Kop in full voice and with the fans backing him up, Flanagan may have just taken over Alberto Moreno at the back for Liverpool after the shaky performance from the Spaniard in recent times.
- Playing for contracts:
A huge summer awaits Klopp and Liverpool after the end of the season and with the manager looking to get in a number of players, there is a great chance that most of the present Liverpool squad might not play for the club next season. This will mean that every player who is wearing a Red shirt a coming out on the field to represent Liverpool will be playing for his place in the team for the next season. This can help the club get some good results in the business end of the tournament.
- Champions League still within reach?
Liverpool are currently 8th in the Premier League table with 41 points from 27 games. They are 6 points behind City at 4th and United at 5th and just 5 points away from West Ham in 6th. The Reds also have a game in hand against Everton and with a strong finish to the season, Liverpool still have it in them to reach the Champions League spots at the end of the season. However, they will have to find some great consistency to get to the top and stay there for a long time.