Liver­pool takes huge step to­wards ti­tle in thrilling win over City

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Liver­pool prof­ited from three er­rors from Vin­cent Kom­pany as they ex­tended their lead at the top, thanks to a stun­ning 3-2 home win over Manch­ester City.

Philippe Coutinho scored the win­ner in the 78th minute af­ter a howler from Kom­pany. Manch­ester City had spent the pre­ced­ing days fret­ting over their cap­tain’s fit­ness, and was re­lieved when he was avail­able for se­lec­tion.

Yet it was his wild swing at the ball which pre­sented Coutinho with his chance from the edge of the box. The Liver­pool player made no sim­i­lar mis­take, ri­fling home with power and ac­cu­racy past Joe Hart.

Ra­heem Ster­ling opened the scor­ing af­ter only six min­utes, pick­ing up on Luis Suarez’s pass and de­ceiv­ing Kom­pany be­fore slot­ting Joe Hart. The lead was dou­bled by Martin Skr­tel with a great glanc­ing header from a Steven Ger­rard cor­ner af­ter 26 min­utes.

Manch­ester City were dealt an additional blow early on as Yaya Toure limped off, hav­ing in­curred an in­jury to his left knee with an op­ti­mistic strike from range. But they came out roar­ing in the sec­ond half, with James Mil­ner, a 50th-minute sub­sti­tute re­plac­ing Je­sus Navas, set­ting up David Silva’s lofted shot into the net over the on­rush­ing Liver­pool de­fence.

Five min­utes later, Silva tried to take credit for the equaliser, an acute at­tempt from the left, but it was Glen John­son’s de­flec­tion that re­ally tricked Si­mon Mig­no­let at the near post.

The game ended on a neg­a­tive note for Liver­pool, with Jordan Hen­der­son sent off in additional time for a very nasty chal­lenge on Samir Nasri. The fans would not let it put a damp­ener on their cel­e­bra­tions, though, ap­plaud­ing him off, and then giv­ing the whole team a sim­i­lar ova­tion just a few sec­onds af­ter­wards.

David Silva of Manch­ester City com­petes with Philippe Coutinho of Liver­pool dur­ing the Bar­clays Pre­mier League match be­tween Liver­pool and Manch­ester City at An­field.

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