Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2 – Now We Are Beginning To Believe!!

In recent months test after test have been placed before Liverpool and to their credit they have not only overcome most of the hurdles placed before them but have done so with some style and panache. Sunday was no exception. Each year for the last 25 years the home game nearest to the anniversary of Hillsborough on the calendar is understandably an emotion charged affair. This season’s encounter with Manchester City had of course the added spice of two of the title challengers going head-to-head and arguably, the two best teams in the country as well.

It would not be enough to just talk about the game itself. The fans – yet again – before, during and after the match showed why they are the true 12th Man when it comes to lending support to the cause. The flags, the banners, the songs and the outpouring of feelings was so intense it was intoxicating. What the players from both sides made of the coach ride down Anfield Road is anyone’s guess. To the Liverpool players it would have been awe-inspiring and uplifting, while for Manchester City’s players there may have been a hint of trepidation creeping in as the coach crept along Anfield Road.

See for yourself the truly unique and inspirational “Welcome To Anfield”…..

 

Liverpool FC fans welcome the team coach to Anfield ahead of Manchester City's visitLiverpool FC fans welcome the team coach to Anfield ahead of Manchester City’s visit
Liverpool fans lined the route outside Anfield to welcome Brendan Rodgers’ side before their title showdown with Manchester City.

The game had been billed as the “Game Of The Season” by many. And on that score it certainly didn’t disappoint. Like in so many games this season, Liverpool went at their opponents from the very first whistle with such pace, power and urgency. The movement and the interaction between Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho at times is mesmerising. Quite how, where and why defences are supposed to stop them in full flight is a poser that will continue for many a season no doubt.

The first goal came as a result of Luis Suarez dropping deep and out-muscling Martin Demichelis to then thread a beautiful through ball to Raheem Sterling. Still with plenty to do, Sterling showed plenty of composure beyond his youthful 19 years, to bamboozle Vincent Kompany and City keeper Joe Hart and slot the opener in the Kop goal. Cue hysteria from the stands.

So much credit has to go to Brendan Rodgers for getting the best out of Raheem Sterling and of course, much credit to the player himself as he has worked hard and seen his career move into overdrive. Whenever Rodgers employs him at the front tip of the diamond formation in midfield, Sterling has relished the role and with his pace, movement and trickery he has found himself at the fulcrum of many of Liverpool’s best attacking moments.

If the ground was rocking after the first goal, Martin Skrtel’s header for Liverpool’s second on 26 minutes nearly took the roof off the Kop. Liverpool were seemingly coasting at 2-0 but not unsurprisingly City came more into it as all class sides will eventually. As the first half was drawing to a close, City managed to finally get a foothold in the game, but couldn’t pull a goal back before the break.

Ten minutes or so into the second half the pendulum did change towards City as Manuel Pellegrini introduced the hugely underrated James Milner into the action. Milner made an immediate impact and offered City so much more than the departing Jesus Navas had in the first half. City’s shape and effectiveness was transformed and it was no big surprise when they pulled themselves level with two goals in seven minutes. David Silva is a player of such quality and enterprise. He scored the first and engineered the second, an own goal by Glen Johnson.

Now all of a sudden, City were in the ascendency and looked the more likely to go on and grab a third. The introduction of Joe Allen however for the clearly injured Daniel Sturridge enabled Liverpool to plug some of the gaps David Silva, Samir Nasri and James Milner were exploiting. The game seemed to even out in terms of possession and it did seem as though whoever scored next would go on to grab all three points.

There is no doubting that Vincent Kompany is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, if not the world, but when he makes a blunder, he does so good style. His miscued clearance on 78 minutes fell to our own little magician, Philippe Coutinho, who finished with aplomb. Remember me saying cue hysteria earlier? Well, multiply that by at least 10 when Coutinho’s shot nestled in the net at the Anfield Road end.

The goal wasn’t Coutinho’s only telling contribution to the game. He was immense throughout and for someone who is supposedly lightweight, he put himself about and won so many crucial balls in the middle of the park. He has always had the tricks and the skills you would expect from a Brazilian, but now he has added steel and a huge work-rate, he is emerging as a really effective and potent talent. Long may it continue.

So, we won the game 3-2 and stayed top of the Premier League and put some daylight between ourselves and Manchester City. Four Cup Finals now. Steven Gerrard took time out during the post match celebrations on the pitch to remind the rest of the team that we have to do it all again next week against Norwich. See his rally cry here in the impromptu huddle…..

 

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Steven Gerrard’s post match huddle after they (Liverpool F.C.) win Manchester City F.C. 3-2 in a significant match on Sunday 13th April 2014 13:37 kickoff.

He was still very emotional in his post match interview…..

 

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An emotional Gerrard gives his post match reactions after Liverpool beat Man City 3-2.

A special mention must go to the Manchester City fans who not only observed the pre-match minutes silence impeccably, but also unfurled a touching banner in memory of the 96 and a full page advert in the match day programme. Respect to all at Manchester City.

YNWA 96: Man City have taken out a full page advert in today’s …

YNWA 96: Man City have taken out a full page advert in today’s Liverpool programme


2 days ago Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) April 13, 2014. Kudos to Manchester City
for this excellent gesture. It may be the biggest game of the …

 

You can see the highlights of the Game Of The Season here….

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