JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Liverpool boost title hopes with EPL victory over Manchester City

Date

Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2

On the mark: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, right, scores past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart.

On the mark: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, right, scores past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart. Photo: AP

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised an "incredible" performance as his side took a huge stride towards the Premier League title with an enthralling 3-2 home win against Manchester City on Sunday.

Liverpool's 10th straight league victory carried them to 77 points and combined with second-placed Chelsea's 1-0 win away to 10-man Swansea, left Liverpool two points clear at the top with four games to play and seven in front of City.

Jubilation: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates teammate Martin Skrtel's goal against Manchester City.

Jubilation: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates teammate Martin Skrtel's goal against Manchester City. Photo: AFP

Liverpool have four games to play and if they win them all will claim their first top-flight title in 24 years.

"That was a remarkable performance," Rodgers told Sky Sports. "I thought we were incredible today. I think the world watching that will see a team with so much spirit, so much quality."

Like they have done so many times this season, Liverpool started quickly and took the lead in the sixth minute with Raheem Sterling wrong-footing both Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart to fire home.

Brothers in arms: Liverpool players acknowledge a minute's silence for the Hillsborough victims on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy before the match.

Brothers in arms: Liverpool players acknowledge a minute's silence for the Hillsborough victims on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy before the match. Photo: Getty Images

Martin Skrtel then nodded in his seventh goal of the season in the 26th minute to double their advantage.

City responded with two goals in five minutes from David Silva on 57 minutes and a Glen Johnson own goal to set up a thrilling finale.

As a fourth 2-2 draw in the last five games between the two sides looked the most likely result, Philippe Coutinho capitalised on a Kompany miskick to seal the win.

Drew level: Manchester City's David Silva celebrates his goal against Liverpool.

Drew level: Manchester City's David Silva celebrates his goal against Liverpool. Photo: AP

"We totally controlled the game. At halftime we were 2-0 up and it could have been more," Rodgers added.

"Congratulations to Man City because at 2-0 down we were incredible in the first half. You expect a 15-20 minute spell in which they get back into the game.

"They [Liverpool players] showed the character [we have] in this group ... to come back and get composure again and score a brilliant goal and get three very valuable points."

The club paid a fitting tribute on the weekend of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans died at an FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest, and Rodgers admitted his side used it as motivation.

"There's always an emotive side especially around this time. Going into the game a lot was made about would it affect the players. We live with it every day.

"The families and victims of Hillsborough are with us every day. It was an inspiration for us rather than something that was going to hold us back."

The effects of the occasion and a draining game played at breakneck speed were plain to see. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard had tears in his eyes at the final whistle and was visibly emotional in his post-match interview.

"I'm emotional but we need to keep calm," he said. "We still have four big games to come but that meant so much, especially when they got back into the game. You fear the worst at that point.

"That was the longest 90 minutes I have probably played in. It felt like the clock was going backwards during parts of that game.

"We want go all the way. Nothing's won yet but that was probably the biggest statement we've made so far."

At the Liberty Stadium, Swansea were a man down as early as the 16th minute after Chico Flores collected a second yellow card for bringing down Andre Schurrle.

But it wasn't until the 68th minute that Jose Mourinho's side made their advantage count, with Demba Ba's shot somehow evading Swansea keeper Michel Vorm.

It was Ba's second crucial goal of the week after he had scored in the Champions League quarter-final win over Paris Saint Germain.

Reuters

10 comments so far

  • We are the Champions, the pressure to win this game was huge, well done lads.

    Commenter
    Mayday
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 14, 2014, 6:45AM
    • Just the sort of attitude that explains why Liverpool have failed for 24 years. You play Chelsea in 2 weeks, long way to go yet

      Commenter
      Steve
      Date and time
      April 14, 2014, 9:07AM
    • @mayday, we really don't need that type of attitude. I am a Liverpool fan and we are yet to win a thing. How many games left? Have you noticed how difficult crystal palace are to beat away from home? Norwich also fighting for survival will be difficult and how about having to play one of the toughest teams in a one off game, Chelsea? We are close but still so much to do. Fingers crossed and I am itching for Liverpool to win the title once again. I don't think cocky attitudes help in anyway and hopefully the players do not have your attitude!

      Commenter
      Joey
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      April 14, 2014, 1:45PM
    • Steve and Joey, 'cocky and attitude' hey, well nay saying and superstitiousness will not change the outcome of the game. I am over the moon about this win, go the mighty Reds!!

      Commenter
      Mayday
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      April 14, 2014, 4:47PM
  • What a game and atmosphere from the beginnig to the end you were glued to the TV the passion from the liverpool fans are out of this world, cmon you mighty reds four more games to Glory.

    Commenter
    bob
    Location
    sydney
    Date and time
    April 14, 2014, 8:15AM
    • Anyone who doesn't respect this sport needs to watch a replay of this game. Stirring stuff. Go you mighty reds. Yours to lose now. YNWA

      Commenter
      Llama Farma
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      April 14, 2014, 9:06AM
      • LFC still has two away games plus Chelsea so plenty of tough ones yet (much as I want the title for liverpool , will still be stoked with top 3) That was a massive win but it will be very tight - unless you're Man Utd 20 points back.

        Commenter
        MaxD
        Date and time
        April 14, 2014, 10:14AM
        • I can understand just why the Liverpool lads were a touch emotional. Not only did Steven Gerrard's cousin die at Hillsborough, but the team of the time went to all 96 of the funerals. That's loyalty. That's why I follow the Reds.

          Commenter
          Gremlins
          Location
          Gippsland
          Date and time
          April 14, 2014, 10:45AM
          • Hopefully Stevie G and his mates can finally deliver a first EPL trophey for the Fenway Sports Group and Boston Red Sox.

            Commenter
            24 Years and still waiting
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            April 14, 2014, 10:48AM
            • Sometimes it takes a bit longer than anticipated BUT, eventually, the cream does come to the top!! The greatest never, ever walk alone!!

              Commenter
              Michelle
              Location
              Portsea
              Date and time
              April 14, 2014, 1:23PM

              Make a comment

              You are logged in as [Logout]

              All information entered below may be published.

              Error: Please enter your screen name.

              Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

              Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

              Error: Please enter your comment.

              Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

              Post to

              You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

              Thank you

              Your comment has been submitted for approval.

              Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

              Related Coverage

              Hyundai A - 2014-15 - All Rounds

              Round 1
              Fri, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
              VIC 4 vs WST 1 Report Stats
              Sat, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
              CCM 1 vs NEW Report Stats
              SYD 1 vs MEC 1 Report Stats
              Sun, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
              WEL 1 vs PER 2 Report Stats
              BRI 1 vs ADE 2 Report Stats
              View All Fixtures
              Round 2
              Fri, 17 OctTimes shown AEDT
              ADE 1 vs VIC 1 Report Stats
              Sat, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
              CCM 1 vs WEL 2 Report Stats
              SYD 3 vs WST 2 Report Stats
              Sun, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
              MEC 1 vs NEW 1 Report Stats
              PER 3 vs BRI 2 Report Stats
              View All Fixtures
              Round 3
              Fri, 24 OctTimes shown AEDT
              BRI vs SYD 2 Report Stats
              Sat, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
              VIC 5 vs MEC 2 Stats
              Sun, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs NEW 16:00WS
              ADE vs PER 17:00Coopers Stadium
              Wed, 19 NovTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs CCM 17:00Pirtek Stadium
              View All Fixtures
              Round 4
              Fri, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
              MEC vs ADE 19:30AAMI
              Sat, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
              PER vs NEW 17:00NIB
              WST vs BRI 19:30Pirtek Stadium
              Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
              SYD vs CCM 16:00AS
              Mon, 03 NovTimes shown AEDT
              VIC vs WEL 19:30AAMI
              View All Fixtures
              Round 5
              Fri, 07 NovTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs WST 18:30WS
              ADE vs SYD 20:15Coopers Stadium
              Sat, 08 NovTimes shown AEDT
              NEW vs VIC 17:00HUN
              BRI vs MEC 20:30SS
              Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
              CCM vs PER 17:00Central Coast Stadium
              View All Fixtures
              Round 6
              Fri, 14 NovTimes shown AEDT
              NEW vs BRI 19:30HUN
              Sat, 15 NovTimes shown AEDT
              ADE vs WEL 17:00Coopers Stadium
              SYD vs VIC 19:30AS
              PER vs WST 21:45NIB
              Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
              MEC vs CCM 17:00AAMI
              View All Fixtures
              Round 7
              Fri, 21 NovTimes shown AEDT
              VIC vs BRI 19:30ES
              Sat, 22 NovTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs NEW 17:00Pirtek Stadium
              MEC vs SYD 19:30AAMI
              PER vs WEL 21:45NIB
              Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
              CCM vs ADE 17:00Central Coast Stadium
              View All Fixtures
              Round 8
              Fri, 28 NovTimes shown AEDT
              VIC vs ADE 19:00AAMI
              Sat, 29 NovTimes shown AEDT
              BRI vs PER 17:00SS
              WST vs SYD 19:30Pirtek Stadium
              Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs MEC 16:00WS
              NEW vs CCM 17:00HUN
              View All Fixtures
              Round 9
              Wed, 03 DecTimes shown AEDT
              BRI vs NEW 20:00SS
              Tue, 09 DecTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs PER 19:30TBC
              Thu, 08 JanTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs SYD 17:30WS
              Mon, 02 FebTimes shown AEDT
              VIC vs CCM 19:30AAMI
              Wed, 25 MarTimes shown AEDT
              ADE vs MEC 19:30Coopers Stadium
              View All Fixtures
              Round 10
              Thu, 04 DecTimes shown AEDT
              SYD vs PER 19:30AS
              Fri, 05 DecTimes shown AEDT
              CCM vs VIC 19:30TBC
              Sat, 06 DecTimes shown AEDT
              NEW vs WEL 17:00HUN
              ADE vs WST 20:00Coopers Stadium
              Sun, 07 DecTimes shown AEDT
              MEC vs BRI 17:00AAMI
              View All Fixtures
              Round 11
              Fri, 12 DecTimes shown AEDT
              ADE vs BRI 19:30Coopers Stadium
              PER vs NEW 21:45NIB
              Sat, 13 DecTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs CCM 16:00EP
              WST vs MEC 17:00Pirtek Stadium
              VIC vs SYD 19:30ES
              View All Fixtures
              Round 12
              Fri, 19 DecTimes shown AEDT
              BRI vs WST 20:00SS
              Sat, 20 DecTimes shown AEDT
              NEW vs ADE 17:00HUN
              MEC vs VIC 19:30AAMI
              PER vs CCM 21:45NIB
              Sun, 21 DecTimes shown AEDT
              SYD vs WEL 17:00AS
              View All Fixtures
              Round 13
              Fri, 26 DecTimes shown AEDT
              MEC vs PER 17:30AAMI
              SYD vs ADE 19:30AS
              Sat, 27 DecTimes shown AEDT
              CCM vs BRI 17:00Central Coast Stadium
              VIC vs NEW 19:30AAMI
              Sun, 28 DecTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs WST 17:00WS
              View All Fixtures
              Round 14
              Tue, 30 DecTimes shown AEDT
              NEW vs MEC 17:00HUN
              BRI vs SYD 20:00SS
              Wed, 31 DecTimes shown AEDT
              ADE vs WEL 19:30Coopers Stadium
              Thu, 01 JanTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs CCM 19:30Pirtek Stadium
              Fri, 02 JanTimes shown AEDT
              VIC vs PER 19:30Simonds Stadium
              View All Fixtures
              Round 15
              Sat, 03 JanTimes shown AEDT
              SYD vs NEW 19:30WIN Stadium
              Sun, 04 JanTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs BRI 15:00WS
              CCM vs MEC 17:00Central Coast Stadium
              Mon, 05 JanTimes shown AEDT
              PER vs ADE 23:00NIB
              Tue, 06 JanTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs VIC 19:30Pirtek Stadium
              View All Fixtures
              Round 16
              Sat, 24 JanTimes shown AEDT
              ADE vs NEW 17:00Coopers Stadium
              CCM vs SYD 19:30Central Coast Stadium
              Sun, 25 JanTimes shown AEDT
              PER vs VIC 20:00NIB
              Sun, 01 FebTimes shown AEDT
              BRI vs WEL 15:00SS
              MEC vs WST 17:00AAMI
              View All Fixtures
              Round 17
              Fri, 06 FebTimes shown AEDT
              NEW vs BRI 19:30HUN
              Sat, 07 FebTimes shown AEDT
              CCM vs ADE 17:00Central Coast Stadium
              VIC vs MEC 19:30ES
              PER vs SYD 21:45NIB
              Sun, 08 FebTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs WEL 17:00Pirtek Stadium
              View All Fixtures
              Round 18
              Fri, 13 FebTimes shown AEDT
              CCM vs BRI 19:30Central Coast Stadium
              Sat, 14 FebTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs MEC 16:00Brendan Foot Kia Hutt Recreation Ground
              NEW vs WST 17:00HUN
              SYD vs VIC 19:30AS
              Sun, 15 FebTimes shown AEDT
              ADE vs PER 17:00Coopers Stadium
              View All Fixtures
              Round 19
              Fri, 20 FebTimes shown AEDT
              BRI vs VIC 20:00SS
              Sat, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
              SYD vs CCM 17:00AS
              ADE vs WST 20:00Coopers Stadium
              Sun, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs NEW 16:00Brendan Foot Kia Hutt Recreation Ground
              MEC vs PER 17:00AAMI
              View All Fixtures
              Round 20
              Fri, 27 FebTimes shown AEDT
              MEC vs ADE 19:30AAMI
              Sat, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
              NEW vs CCM 17:00HUN
              WST vs SYD 19:30Pirtek Stadium
              PER vs BRI 21:45NIB
              Sun, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
              VIC vs WEL 17:00AAMI
              View All Fixtures
              Round 21
              Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
              NEW vs SYD 19:30HUN
              Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs ADE 18:00Brendan Foot Kia Hutt Recreation Ground
              VIC vs PER 19:30AAMI
              Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
              CCM vs MEC 15:00Central Coast Stadium
              BRI vs WST 17:00SS
              View All Fixtures
              Round 22
              Thu, 12 MarTimes shown AEDT
              ADE vs CCM 19:30Coopers Stadium
              Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs VIC 19:30Pirtek Stadium
              Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
              SYD vs BRI 19:30AS
              PER vs WEL 21:45NIB
              Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
              MEC vs NEW 17:00AAMI
              View All Fixtures
              Round 23
              Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
              SYD vs MEC 19:30AS
              Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs NEW 17:00Pirtek Stadium
              ADE vs VIC 20:00Coopers Stadium
              Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
              CCM vs PER 15:00Central Coast Stadium
              BRI vs WEL 17:00SS
              View All Fixtures
              Round 24
              Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
              VIC vs CCM 19:30AAMI
              Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
              MEC vs BRI 19:30AAMI
              PER vs WST 21:45NIB
              Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
              WEL vs SYD 15:00WS
              NEW vs ADE 17:00HUN
              View All Fixtures
              Round 25
              Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
              BRI vs CCM 21:00SS
              Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
              WST vs MEC 16:00Pirtek Stadium
              Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
              SYD vs ADE 19:30AS
              Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
              WEL vs VIC 16:00WS
              Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
              NEW vs PER 16:00HUN
              View All Fixtures
              Round 26
              Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
              VIC vs NEW 19:30AAMI
              PER vs SYD 21:45NIB
              Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
              ADE vs BRI 17:00Coopers Stadium
              CCM vs WST 19:30Central Coast Stadium
              Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
              MEC vs WEL 17:00AAMI
              View All Fixtures
              Round 27
              Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
              WEL vs CCM 17:30WS
              NEW vs SYD 19:45HUN
              Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
              WST vs ADE 17:00Pirtek Stadium
              BRI vs VIC 19:30SS
              Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
              PER vs MEC 17:00NIB
              View All Fixtures
              Hyundai A - 2014-15 - Ladder
              Overall standings
              Team P W D L +/- Pts
              Melbourne Victory FC 3 2 1 0 6 7
              Sydney FC 3 2 1 0 3 7
              Perth Glory FC 2 2 0 0 2 6
              Adelaide United FC 2 1 1 0 1 4
              Wellington Phoenix FC 2 1 0 1 0 3
              Central Coast Mariners FC 2 1 0 1 0 3
              Melbourne City FC 3 0 2 1 -3 2
              Newcastle Jets FC 2 0 1 1 -1 1
              View all
               
              Win an iPad mini by entering our Sport survey
              Featured advertisers