Philippe Coutinho capitalized on Vincent Kompany’s shanked clearance in the 78th minute to give Liverpool a heart-stopping 3-2 win over Manchester City Sunday at Anfield. By securing all three points on Sunday Liverpool can now win its first title of the Premier League era if it wins each of its final four matches.
Liverpool were ahead 2-0 at the half, but seemed to tire as the influence of David Silva and workrate of James Milner tilted the game in City’s favor. Silva cut the lead in half with a goal in the 57th minute and then tied five minutes later by forcing Glen Johnson into an own-goal.
All it took was mistake by Kompany in his own area for Coutinho to pounce, curl the ball past Joe Hart and set up Liverpool for its first league crown in 24 years. It might be the cliché of clichés, but it was a goal from nowhere, so credit Coutinho for making the most of his split-second opportunity. Liverpool finish: at Norwich City; vs. Chelsea; at Crystal Palace and vs. Newcastle United. Chelsea, sigh, might still have a say in the title race if it’s able to pull off a win at Anfield later this month.
As we know in the Premier League a lot can happen in four matches so Liverpool fans around the globe would be wise to be remain cautiously optimistic regardless of today’s important victory. Daniel Sturridge limped off in the second half and Liverpool will also lose Jordan Henderson for a couple matches for a studs-up tackle in stoppage time that resulted in a straight red card. Still, it’s a day for Reds’ fans — assuming all the nervous energy from the game’s final 15 minutes has dissipated — to crack a smile, or three.
However you look at it, this was a very fun game for neutrals and more importantly one that wasn’t marred by questionable referring or other dumb stuff that often creeps into marquee Premier League encounters.
How much did this win mean at Anfield? It left Liverpool’s all-world captain Steve Gerrard fighting back his emotions: