Full-time: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City

  • Liverpool bounce back emphatically from Capital One Cup final defeat to breeze past Manchester City at Anfield
  • Hosts led 2-0 at half-time courtesy of quickfire goals from Adam Lallana and James Milner
  • Roberto Firmino added a third after the break to leave Manuel Pellegrini's side still 10 points behind leaders Leicester with a game in hand
  • Raheem Sterling substituted at half-time on a disappointing return to Merseyside
James Milner is mobbed by his teammates after scoring Liverpool\'s second goal against former club Manchester City Getty

As for Liverpool, they showed commendable character and spirit to bounce back from that penalty shoot-out defeat at Wembley.

That is all from us for now, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for all the latest post-match reaction from across tonight's Premier League games. Goodbye.


Is that the death knell for City's final title charge under Pellegrini? A third consecutive league defeat means they remain 10 points behind leaders Leicester with only one game in hand. The gap to Tottenham and Arsenal has not increased as both of those sides lost tonight, but wins for West Ham and Manchester United mean that they could easily drop out of the top four altogether if things do not improve quickly.

The prospect of no Champions League football under Pep Guardiola next season will become more realistic the longer this poor run continues.



Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City


Allen blazes a dipping half-volley on to the roof of the net after Mignolet's long punt forward is nodded down by Benteke. What a goal that would have been.

Three minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.


Like Firmino before him, Milner is treated to a warm reception from the home fans as he walks off. He has been very impressive tonight.


A break in play now as Flanagan receives treatment after being accidentally struck in the face by Kolarov's flailing hand.

Klopp uses the time to make his third change, withdrawing Milner and sending on Jordon Ibe.


Inches away from a Liverpool fourth as Henderson's whipped free-kick sneaks past Kolarov and Otamendi in the City wall before flying agonisingly wide of the post.


Woeful from City as the ball is sliced wildly over Mignolet's crossbar. You could attribute it to being a bit after the Lord Mayor's show, were they not hoping to stay in the title race.


Full-time scores from tonight's 19.45 GMT kick-offs:

Arsenal 1-2 Swansea

Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

West Ham 1-0 Tottenham


City will curse their lackluster effort tonight, as Tottenham and Arsenal have both been beaten. They have wasted the opportunity to close that gap.


The game has entered something of a lull now, which will suit Liverpool perfectly as they seek to preserve their impressive lead.


A final sub from City sees Aleksandar Kolarov replace Clichy. Liverpool, meanwhile, bring on Joe Allen for Firmino. A hearty round of applause ensues for the Brazilian.

15 minutes plus stoppage time left to play.


This is Benteke's first involvement of any kind since his second-half cameo during the 6-0 romp at Aston Villa on Valentine's Day.

Aguero sprints forward and successfully hurdles the challenge of Lovren before being knocked down by a fair challenge from Toure. Impressive speed from the 34-year-old, who could have given away a penalty.


Lallana has clearly got under the skin of these City players and Fernando is penalised for a tough foul on the ex-Southampton captain.

As if you were left in any doubt as to how comfortable this game has been for Liverpool, Klopp opts to replace Origi with the lesser-spotted Christian Benteke.


Another flair-up involving Lallana as he takes exception to being manhandled by Navas, who is promptly shown the evening's first yellow card after a bit of pushing and shoving.


Milner is clearly in the mood against his former club. The 30-year-old demonstrates quick feet to slalom his way past Zabaleta but his latest shot is wide of Hart's right-hand post.


Still Liverpool push forward and Hart is at full stretch to tip Milner's powerful effort over the crossbar.


Just moments after taking off one of their two holding midfielders, City concede. Otamendi gives away possession with a woeful touch in the middle of the park and Lallana does brilliantly to coast through and set up Firmino, who curls a shot beyond Hart for his seventh goal of the season.

Surely that's all three points in the bag now.


Goal: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City (Roberto Firmino)


Slick movement from City as Fernandinho links up beautifully with Aguero but his final pass to Silva is struck just a touch too hard.

That proves to be the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder's last contribution as he is the man to make way for Iheanacho. Another early attacking change from Pellegrini, who knows his side really need to get a result tonight in order to keep their title bid alive.


City are still offering no real attacking threat and Pellegrini, presumably deeply unhappy with what he has seen, is preparing to send on Kelechi Iheanacho.


Liverpool start quickly and Hart has to be alert to stop Origi's effort from a tight angle. Lallana is a whisker away from the rebound but City eventually clear.


The second half is off and running. One change from City at the break, with Sterling replaced by Wilfried Bony.


An ideal opening 45 minutes for Liverpool, who will have impressed Klopp and their own supporters by how efficiently they have responded to that penalty shoot-out heartbreak.

City were carved apart all too easily for both goals and are sinking quickly out of the title race.