Two Magical Strikes Seal Man City Win
Liverpool picked up a victory at home over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon as the Reds put a massive dent in Pellegrini's title hopes. Two simply sublime strikes from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho took the game away from City who only found the back of the net thanks to a Dzeko goal.
The line up was familiar as Brendan Rodgers stuck with his favoured system of three at the back and no natural striker. I don't like this set up as we all know and hilariously I spent half time tweeting about how "a few moments of magic may not be enough to beat City" however, thankfully I was wrong and magic was just what we needed.
It didn't take the Reds long at all to turn their fast paced start into a lead. After just ten minutes an assist from Raheem Sterling allowed Jordan Henderson to create a bit of space outside the box. He'll often have a pop from range but this time he'd struck his effort with perfection. His powerful shot flew into the back of the net leaving Joe Hart dumbstruck.
As much as I hate playing without a striker I have never denied that we always create problems and strings of attacks. Usually though we struggle to convert but we were oozing with confidence on Sunday afternoon.
Playing against City you simply must attack and with some brilliant performances, especially from the likes of Coutinho and Allen, Manchester City were struggling to find their title winning form.
Two minutes after our opening goal and Sergio Aguero had smashed an effort off the post, I would of put my house on him scoring then but it was City today who were failing to convert their chances. Unfortunately for Liverpool, ten minutes later they found their accuracy.
A brilliantly worked goal, perhaps not helped by a momentary lapse from the Liverpool defence allowed Sergio Aguero to play a ball through to Dzeko who of course slotted the ball home. In fairness to Dzeko he always seems to be considered as the last option for City but he's a reliable goalscorer.
With the game level I did begin to worry. It appeared to me as though City were finding a foothold, whilst Liverpool continued to create attacks our skillful stars would get into a fantastic position only to look up and find nobody in the box to support them. We were crying out for a striker at this stage I thought but I couldn't have been more wrong.
As the teams came out for the second half it was clear Rodgers wasn't prepared to bring a striker on just yet and so with another fast paced start the Reds began to build and build the pressure.
At 74 minutes Philippe Coutinho pulled the rabbit out of the hat. A stunning strike from outside the area seemed to stop time as it swooped perfectly into the back of the net.
Shortly after the goal Daniel Sturridge entered the fray but who needs a striker on ay?? Haha!
Liverpool weathered the minimal storm for the remaining 15 minutes but ultimately Brendan Rodgers had steered his side to a massive win at Anfield.
The Reds are now surely on course for the top four and with Burnley up next in the week it is hoped that our fantastic run of form will continue.
I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweet I received:
@LFCKirstyLFC Solid team performance Coutinho just keeps stepping up match after match. Wonder if Allen has let Toure out of his pocket yet?
— Daniel Forsberg (@forsberg837) March 2, 2015
@LFCKirstyLFC Team spirit is high, we controlled against supposed superior team, limited them to only a handful of chances, excellent win
— B-ry (@Bry_LFC7) March 2, 2015