Sensational strikes from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho down champions Man City.
Liverpool overcame their disappointment on Thursday night in the Europa League in emphatic fashion as they produced an energetic display which defied their recent schedule.
Such was the subdued state of Manuel Pellegrini’s men, you would’ve thought that it was his side which stepped off a plan at the early hours of Friday morning.
Liverpool started in their usual dynamic style as they relentlessly pressed Man City in their own half to force mistakes. Adam Lallana thought he’d given his side the lead but was ruled out for offside.
The Reds didn’t have to wait long before they were in front though, thanks to a thunderous effort from captain Jordan Henderson.
It remained to be seen if the home side could keep up their intensity up throughout the encounter, but they were handed a set back after the champions put together a wonderful piece of play to equalize through Edin Dzeko.
Lallana continued to become frustrated despite his teams wonderful team play as another one of his strikes was ruled out by the linesman.
With the game firmly balanced, it needed one of the gifted players on the pitch to stand up and be counted for their respective sides. Coutinho, arguably the best player in the division this calender year, delivered a sensational strike to put Liverpool in front.
The game ended in a spot of controversy with Man City’s Wilfried Bony accused of elbowing Adam Lallana, but Mark Clattenburg took no action.