Liverpool FC won a crucial three points over Manchester City FC following a tense contest that many expected the home team to lose.
Even though Liverpool hasn’t lost a game in weeks, it was anticipated that the streak would end in Anfield, with Manchester closing the gap between themselves and Chelsea FC. However, nothing went as planned for the squad under Manuel Pellegrini.
Although Man City started strong, within the first 10 minutes, the Reds were in control. Adam Lallana nearly opened up the scoring, but the goal was ruled offside. This would happen to him once more in the second half.
It was Jordan Henderson, who was originally doubtful for this match-up, who came in with a brilliant goal at about 11 minutes in.
Although Liverpool dominated much of the first half, it didn’t stop Manchester City from getting a crucial equalizer. Edin Džeko was able to get into the danger area with a reverse ball from Sergio Agüero.
With the game standing at 1-1 going into the second half, it could have gone either way. And with both Liverpool and Manchester aggressively attacking at points, it did seem objectively like either team could win.
However, there was some fear that Manchester could score a single goal and sneak a win. In actuality, it was Liverpool that did just that.
Formidable Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho struck seemingly out of nowhere, bending his shot from the edge of the box into the top right corner of the City goal.
— Rob Candelino (@RobCandy) March 1, 2015
Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart didn’t have a chance. He stretched for the ball, but it was already behind him by the time he came within touching distance.
With nearly 15 minutes left to play, Daniel Sturridge and Wilfried Bony were both subbed on for their respective teams. The Reds were no doubt looking to solidify the winning margin while Man City was hoping for an equalizer.
In the end, the 2-1 scoreline would stand.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 1, 2015
This victory has huge implications for Liverpool, as they now find themselves in 5th place. Coming off of the disappointment of just missing out on 1st last season, the Reds are now focused on simply finding a spot in the Top 4 of the Premier League.
At the same time perhaps, this victory serves as a quiet sort of revenge against Manchester City, who were hoping for an easier chance at a repeat 1st place finish. As it stands, Chelsea FC is alone with their 60 points, and Manchester City remain on 55 points.
This win gives Liverpool FC 48 points and a real shot at claiming a spot in the Top 4.
The dreary winter days of a poor start are officially behind Liverpool, who have successfully made Anfield a less than pleasant place to come for the otherwise tough Manchester City FC.
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