This is starting to look like the year of Liverpool as they took a monster step towards the English Premier League title with a narrow win over Manchester City on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling was in particularly fine form early on as his pace and darting runs wreaked havoc on the usually very solid City backline. His goal in the 6th minute of play energized an already focused Liverpool crowd and sent the Reds on their way.
Twenty minutes later Liverpool cashed in on a corner kick as Steven Gerrard curled a perfect ball into the box that Martin Skrtel headed home. 2-0 and Liverpool could taste the title. Manchester City would not go quietly though and the halftime break was just what the doctor ordered.
The second half opened in a choppy style as the main talking points were players going to ground with minimal contact. Then bang! Game on in the 57th minute when a nifty set of passes around the Liverpool penalty resulted in a David Silva goal.
Tempers continued to flare as Luis Suarez was clearly on tilt. He was alreaydy on a yellow card from earlier in the match and it was looking like he would be lucky to finish the match without seeing red at this point. 2-1 with half an hour to play. Liverpool were on their heels and City were flowing forward.
Two minutes later we were tied as another run of brilliant passing led to the goal. A bit lucky as the ball took a couple of deflections before nestling into the net. Liverpool had nobody to blame other than themselves as they were sitting deeper and deeper. The Liverpool defending was soft at best and they were punished. David Silva was dominating the match. It was all City and it got even worse when they looked over and saw Sergio Aguero ready to come onto the pitch.
It only looked like a matter of time before City found the next goal. Aguero almost made the monster impact in the 75th as he skipped away and raced in down the left. His pass in front of goal was just inches too far from Silva who slid it inches wide.
And then completely against the run of play Liverpool stole back the lead! A long Liverpool throw-in was flicked into the City box where captain Vincent Kompany was waiting. With no pressure it should have been an easy clearance. Instead he totally suffed it and the mis-kick rolled perfectly to Coutinho who turned the ball home for the 3-2 lead.
Liverpool 12 minutes away from a historic victory. Manchester City went right back to heaping on the pressure though. Could Liverpool hold out? One more instance of drama before the finish as Jordan Henderson was sent off in stoppage time for a nasty tackle.
Liverpool on ten men for the final two minutes. No worries though as Liverpool claimed the 3-2 win. The title is closer. Plenty of action still left in the EPL, but Liverpool are now clearly in the drivers seat and can smell their first title in 24 years.
They are away next to sinking Norwich before returning home for the biggest match of the year against Chelsea on the 27th.