New Year’s Eve sees one of the most anticipated match-ups of the Premier League this season with Liverpool going head to head against Man City at Anfield as the final game of the calendar year for both respective teams. LFC vs MCFC has been a corker over the last few matches and is lot more even but we shall have a gander at the last 5 matches and which I would rank as the Standout Match.
Liverpool 3-0 Man City – 2nd March 2016 at Anfield
Just a few days removed from heartbreak in the Capital One Cup Final against Man City, Liverpool faced the winners of the trophy at Anfield to exact revenge. And LFC did just that. In convincing fashion as well. Man City were still trying to catch Leicester City in the Premier League Title Race but they were still 10 points behind the Foxes. A 3-0 loss to the Reds did not help their cause. Adam Lallana and former-Citizen James Milner gave Liverpool a 2-0 cushion at half time but Roberto Firmino’s 2nd half strike sent the crow into raptures with the icing on the cake for Liverpool. FT: 3-0 to Liverpool.
Liverpool 1-1 Man City (1-3 to City on Pens) – 28th February 2016 at Wembley in the Capital One Cup Final
As mentioned above, Liverpool suffered heartbreak in the Capital One Cup Final against Man City. A lacklustre attacking display from the Reds saw LFC get their only shot on target against Man City in the 81st minute and, thankfully, it was an equaliser by Phillipe Coutinho after Fernandinho’s blasted effort eventually made its way into the back of the Liverpool net. A stalemate after Extra Time saw the game go into a Penalty Shootout. Lucas, Lallana and Coutinho missed crucial penalties for Liverpool which allowed Yaya to confirm the trophy to the Blue Side of Manchester. FT: 1-3 Penalty loss to Man City.
Man City 1-4 Liverpool – 21st November 2015 at the Etihad
2 games after the resounding Chelsea victory at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool made their way to the Etihad to play a surging Man City side. This was Jurgen Klopp’s second test as Liverpool Manager after a 1-3 victory at Stamford Bridge vs Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea and it ended in a similar fashion with a 1-4 win this time for the Reds. A 3-0 lead for Klopp’s Reds with Mangala (OG), Coutinho and Firmino looked to put Liverpool in a commanding position going into halftime before Sergio Aguero decided to put his stamp on the game with a fantastic curling effort from 20 yards.This was not enough to rattle Liverpool as the Reds stayed resilient and got their just reward with a thumping strike from Martin Skrtel to seal a 1-4 win for the Reds and take all 3 points back to Anfield. FT: 1-4 to Liverpool.
Liverpool 2-1 Man City – 1st March 2015 at Anfield
2 screamers this match had. Step up Captain Jordan Henderson and stunner Phillipe Coutinho to give the 3 points to the Reds. Henderson was a risk to start the game in the first place, having had various pain killing injections prior to the game and he had an impact straight away. Squaring up Kompany, he shimmied to the left and sold Kompany before blasting in to the top corner, leaving Joe Hart with no chance. Dzeko bundled in an equaliser for City with superb build up play beforehand and the game looked to be ending as a stalemate…before Coutimho decided to make an impact. 75th minute, on the edge of the box, Coutinho with a splendid curling shot which left Joe Hart speechless. A truly brilliant match and the goal worthy to win any match gave all 3 points to the Reds. FT: 2-1 to Liverpool.
Man City 3-1 Liverpool – 25th August 2014 at the Etihad
Sadly, a loss to close off the last 5 matches between Liverpool and Man City as City completely dominated Liverpool in this cold day at the Etihad. Summer acquisition for City, Stefan Jovetic got his City tenure off to a flyer with 2 goals against the team that they pipped to the title, in Liverpool. Sergio Aguero, a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side, added his name to the scoresheet in the 69th min before an Own Goalfrom Pablo Zabaleta gave Liverpool a consolation goal in the 83rd min. This was the start of a season to forget for Liverpool. FT: 3-1 loss to Man City
Liverpool 3-2 Man City – 14th April 2014
Let’s take a look at happier times now, shall we? When Liverpool were on the brink of Premier League glory and this was the catalyst for those thoughts. We won’t mention what eventually happened in the tile race as the wounds are very much still raw but the build up to that was brilliant, wasn’t it? It was indeed. Silence prior to the game for those who had passed in the tragic Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 and then 90 minutes of scintillating football with raw emotion. Liverpool held the fate of the title in their own hands.They were not dependant on any other results needing to go their way, if they won their remaining games, the title was theirs. First blockade, 2nd placed Man City. If City won, Liverpool would be dependant on other results and City had their easier title run in. Enough hype, the game itself now. Liverpool took the lead inside 6 mins with Sterling scoring into an empty net after Suarez squared the ball to him. 1 turned into 2 20 minutes later as a Gerrard corner was glanced into the net by Skrtel. Panic Stations were in full effect 20 minutes into the 2nd half as City found a goal through David Silva and an equaliser with a Glen Johnson own goal. Emotions were at an all time high with the time coming to a close before Coutinho decided to make his name known to the Anfield faithful with a fantastic snapshot from just inside the box to send Liverpool to a 3-2 victory. The victory was salted slightly as Jordan Henderson was sent off which meant he missed the title run in which, ultimately, cost Liverpool a chance of League Glory but the match itself was beautiful. Capped off with a rousing speech from Gerrard whose words still resonate today but have negative connotations with them if you are a Liverpool fan.