On Monday, Manchester City and Liverpool meet at the Etihad Stadium for a fixture which has become increasingly high-profile during the Premier League, and it has delivered several memorable moments.
On Boxing Day 2013, Liverpool came out of the blocks quicker and had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside before they took the lead thanks to Philippe Coutinho, who finished confidently from a tight angle. However, Man City were ahead by half-time as Vincent Kompany headed home from a corner before Alvaro Negredo’s chip was fumbled into the net by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Despite considerable second half-pressure which perhaps warranted at least a point, Liverpool moved off the top of the Premier League after failing to find an equaliser. Raheem Sterling had their best chance, but blazed over from close range.
Man City made a fantastic start to the meeting back in October 2008 as Stephen Ireland volleyed home the opening goal, with Javier Garrido then curling in a free-kick to give Mark Hughes’ side a 2-0 half-time lead.
But the comeback began when Fernando Torres shot low past Joe Hart, and then the Reds were handed even more of the initiative when Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for a rash challenge on Xabi Alonso. Torres levelled the game with a header, and, in a dramatic finish, Dirk Kuyt completed the turnaround with a close range shot into the roof of the net.
Best Individual Performance
Under Gerard Houllier, Liverpool finished a disappointing fifth in the 2002-03 season, but had begun the season on fire, and were the pace setters when they made their last trip to Maine Road. There, they continued their fine start thanks to a tremendous display of goal scoring by Michael Owen, who netted a hat-trick in a 3-0 win.
First he capitalised on some poor Man City defending to give his side the lead after only four minutes. He then raced clear and slid the ball past Peter Schmeichel for his second, before completing his treble late on with a shot that went in off a post.
Head in Hands Moment
A glaring error from Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina set the hosts on their way to an easy 3-0 win in January 2012, with the Spaniard allowing a shot from Sergio Aguero to go straight through him and into the back of the net. From then on the Reds never recovered, as Yaya Toure headed in a second before he was taken down for a late penalty, which James Milner converted.
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