Liverpool Close To Premier League Title After Beating Manchester City

Added April 13, 2014 by Levi Watkins

Liverpool took a big step toward winning their first English Premier League title since 1990 on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over rival Manchester City at Anfield. Liverpool is 7 points clear of third place City after their resounding victory but just two up on Chelsea. Manchester City does have two games in hand so they’re not officially eliminated but Liverpool now has their destiny in their own hands. If they can win their final four games of the season the title will be theirs.

Philippe Coutinho struck the deciding blow for Liverpool with 12 minutes remaining, taking advantage of a poor clearing pass by Vincent Kompany. The goal broke a 2-2 deadlock and seemed to break the spirit of the visiting Manchester City side who had fought back after a disastrous start to the game. Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel scored for Liverpool in the first 26 minutes of the game to open up a 2-0 advantage but Manchester City fought back in the second half. David Silva scored in the 57th minute to cut the deficit in half and the score was tied on Glen Johnson’s own goal a few minutes later.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini put on a brave face in his post game interview, suggesting that the title race is not over and that his men will fight on:

“If we win our two games in hand we will be a point behind Liverpool, who still have to play Chelsea. The title does not finish today. We are still going to fight. A lot of things will happen between now and the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard tried to keep the focus on the task at hand, starting with the next game against Norwich City:

“Nothing is ours yet. The important thing now is not to get carried away with that result. We need to stay calm and prepare for Norwich. The scenes are great today and the fans are very happy, but we have a day off tomorrow and then we go for Norwich.”

Norwich City is flirting with the relegation zone but a bigger test will come in two weeks when Chelsea comes to Anfield. Liverpool’s remaining games after that are away at Crystal Palace before the season finale at home against Newcastle.

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