The top two teams in the Premier League, Liverpool and Man City, meet at Anfield on Sunday as the title race begins to take shape following Manchester City’s win at Chelsea last weekend. Liverpool played out a barnstorming 3-3 draw at Brentford but sit a point clear of City going into the meeting of two of the world’s most respected managers: Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
City have the edge in the recent head-to-head record between the sides, taking seven points from a possible nine in their last three Premier League clashes with Liverpool. Here are some of the most memorable Premier League games between Man City and Liverpool.
5 classic games between Liverpool and Man City
Liverpool 1-4 Man City (Premier League, 2021)
A rare poor performance from Alisson contributed to this heavy home loss for Liverpool when Man City last visited Anfield back in February.
It was 0-0 at half-time after Ilkay Gundogan missed a penalty but the midfielder made up for that by turning home the rebound after Alisson saved from Phil Foden. A foul by Ruben Dias enabled Mohamed Salah to level it up from the penalty spot but a pair of shocking clearances from Alisson handed City the victory on a plate.
First, the Brazilian goalkeeper’s error allowed Foden to tee up Gundogan and when Alisson, still seemingly thinking about that mistake, cleared straight to Bernardo Silva the Portugal international crossed for Raheem Sterling to nod in from point-blank range.
Foden had been brilliant for Man City and he lashed in a late fourth to complete a fine win that ensured Guardiola’s men remained on track to win the title back from Liverpool.
Man City 2-1 Liverpool (Premier League, 2019)
Liverpool’s 20-game unbeaten run was ended in dramatic fashion as City cut the Reds’ lead at the top of the table to four points with this narrow victory at the Etihad Stadium.
A classic Sergio Aguero drive put the hosts ahead but when Roberto Firmino headed in the equaliser it seemed as if Liverpool’s long run without defeat in the league would continue. But City came up with a priceless winner as Leroy Sane was played in by Sterling to beat Alisson.
Earlier in the game, John Stones cleared off the line by a matter of millimetres and that might just have decided the title race as a ruthless City hunted Liverpool down to pip them at the post.
Liverpool 4-3 Man City (Premier League, 2018)
One of the most gripping Premier League gaves of recent seasons saw the Reds edge a seven-goal thriller despite a late fightback from Guardiola’s side.
Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain put Klopp’s men in front in the first 10 minutes, with Liverpool appearing not to be missing Philippe Coutinho after his record-breaking sale to Barcelona.
A Joe Gomez error let in Sane to fire in at the near post but Liverpool scored three times in a stunning eight-minute spell to put the game out of City’s reach. Roberto Firmino capitalised on dodgy Stones defending to restore the Reds’ lead and Sadio Mane then beat Ederson with a powerful drive moments after he had hit the post.
Salah was handed a fourth by a poor Ederson clearance and City seemed dead and buried, but late goals from Bernardo Silva and Gundogan sparked hope of a dramatic comeback. It was not to be, but City were romping to the Premier League title anyway.
Man City 1-4 Liverpool (Premier League, 2015)
Victory would have sent City top of the Premier League but the recently appointed Liverpool manager Klopp saw his side romp home in Manchester.
Eliaquim Mangala’s early own goal gave Liverpool the advantage with Brazilian duo Coutinho and Firmino then adding their names to the scoresheet. Although Aguero cut the deficit to 3-1 for City, Martin Skrtel wrapped up the scoring with a late stunner.
Defeat for City left Leicester in top spot and they went on to write one of sport’s great stories.
Liverpool 3-2 Man City (Premier League, 2014)
Reds supporters must have thought their long wait for the Premier League title would soon be over after Brendan Rodgers’ side edged this classic despite Jordan Henderson’s late red card.
Sterling – still at Liverpool before his controversial switch to City – put the hosts in front in superb style at Anfield and Skrtel’s header doubled their lead as Liverpool hunted a 10th straight win. City were reeling after Yaya Toure had to be substituted due to injury but they rallied with David Silva scoring before seeing his cross deflect in off the unlucky Glen Johnson to make it 2-2.
A rare mistake from Man City captain Vincent Kompany proved costly as his mishit clearance was rifled home for Liverpool by Coutinho. Cue Steven Gerrard’s infamous “we do not let this slip” speech in a post-match huddle. Unfortunately for Liverpool, he did exactly that just a few days later.
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