In what promised to be a moving spectacle in the Premier League’s early kick-off at Anfield, Liverpool and Manchester City certainly didn’t fail to deliver the goods.
Brendan Rodgers’ men knew that a victory over title-challengers Manchester City would put the destination of the title firmly in their hands, and they were quick to stamp their authority on the game.
Early goals from the impressive Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel were the least the hosts deserved after an early blitz.
Manchester City, to their credit, fought back valiantly towards the end of the first-half and their momentum carried through into the second half as David Silva and inspired substitution James Milner combined to draw City level.
At 2-2, the game was finely poised and the biggest winners at this stage were the neutrals enjoying a relentless encounter and Chelsea who would have benefited greatly from a draw.
Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, however, swung the pendulum once more in Liverpool’s favour as he latched on to a Vincent Kompany mistake to fire home first-time with a cracking low shot.
The hosts, despite receiving a late red card to Jordan Henderson, held out for a vital three points which sees them cement their place at the top of the table.
After the match, a number of Liverpool stars posted celebratory messages and congratulated the fans on helping them draw that elusive Premier League title nearer and nearer to Merseyside.
Great game from all the Team!!!! We fought hard to get this great win. Now thinking about the next game!!!! YNWA pic.twitter.com/DG8yoQK2qF— Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) April 13, 2014
And what about that..Impressive!!So glad for the boys and the fans..dream can come true very soon..keep it up !YNWA pic.twitter.com/cOREymPrH9— Pepe Reina (@PReina25) April 13, 2014
Only 4 more matches. Very proud of my mates. Let´s go reds! // Solo cuatro partidos más. Orgulloso de mis compañeros. pic.twitter.com/vkYyCBy5kb— Luis Alberto Romero (@14_luisalberto) April 13, 2014
What a result!!! Great game of football! Another huge step closer #LFC— Glen Johnson (@glen_johnson) April 13, 2014