By Alan Duffy
Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City – Premier League – 13th April 2014
What a cracking game of football this was with Liverpool once again starting superbly against one of their rivals, with Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel putting the home side 2-0 up at the break. To be fair to City, the loss of Yaya Touré courtesy of an injury on 19 minutes did their cause no good. However, the introduction of James Milner just after half-time kickstarted the Citizens, with David Silva starting to dictate the play. City’s new-found swagger culminated in a goal from the Spanish schemer followed soon after by an OG from Glen Johnson to set up a dramatic finale.
While the visitors may have been on the front-foot in the second period, Liverpool regained their composure and were rewarded with what turned out to be the winning striker from Coutinho after an error from City captain Vincent Kompany, who had looked shaky all game.
As well as the goals, there was plenty of other drama with Luis Suarez was lucky not be shown a second yellow for a trademark dive although Liverpool were then denied what looked to be a nailed on penalty although late on Martin Skrtel’s blatant punching of the ball in the Reds’ box was missed by referee Mark Clattenburg. Jordan Henderson saw red late on for an over-the-top challenge on Samir Nasri but ultimately Brendan Rodgers’ side held on.
Liverpool are now five points clear of Chelsea (who have a game in hand and who still have to travel to Anfield) and seven clear of Man City, who have two games in hand. What a finish to the season it’s turning out to be!