London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Philippe Coutinho scored a late goal as Liverpool took a huge step towards the Premier League crown with a 3-2 win over rival Manchester City Sunday at Anfield.
The win put Brendan Rodgers’ side two points ahead of Chelsea and seven points clear of Manchester City and closer to its first league title in 24 years.
“It was a remarkable performance. I thought we were incredible today. We showed so much spirit and quality,” said Rodgers.
“Credit to Manchester City. We were outstanding in that first half but you expect a team like City to come back for 15 or 20 minutes,” he added.
The hosts looked to be easing to a 10th consecutive Barclays Premier League triumph on Sunday after goals from Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel capped a dominant first-half showing.
However, David Silva scored early in the second half before the Spaniard’s effort was deflected in by a combination of Glen Johnson and Simon Mignolet to equalize.
However, Coutinho pounced on Vincent Kompany’s clearance to fire in a dramatic 78th-minute winner.
Despite the loss, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident of their chances of winning the title.
“Of course I said before the game that this is not the end of the Premier League. Liverpool have to play four games more, if they win 13 or 14 games in a row maybe they deserve to win the title, but we are going to continue fighting to the end,” he said.
Earlier, Anfield fell silent before the game to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago, with supporters of both clubs paying their respects.
Manwhile, Demba Ba came to his side’s rescue as Chelsea defeated 10-man Swansea City, 1-0, Sunday.
The Senegal international pulled the Londoners to within two points of leaders Liverpool with a 68th-minute strike.