Liverpool's 10 Most Thrilling Games This Season

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentMarch 9, 2014

Liverpool's 10 Most Thrilling Games This Season

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    This season has seen Liverpool play the most entertaining and exciting football in the Premier League, starting every game with the ferociousness of hungry dogs and exerting relentless attacking pressure on whatever team standings in their way.

    When ranking Liverpool's most thrilling games of 2013/14, it is important to define what makes a "thrilling" game.

    It's not about goals or flashy score lines, but the way the game puts fans on the edge of their seats, makes the hairs on the back of necks stand up and sends waves of both shiver and euphoria down backs.

    For those reasons, Liverpool's 4-3 victory over Swansea City, which was a demonstration of poor defending, ranks fairly low on the list.

    The victories over Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal rank high up the list, if only for the sheer thrill of beating rivals and top-four contenders.

    But which game will come out on top in our list of Liverpool's most thrilling games this season?

10. Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United

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    Not the most entertaining game in the world, but a confident and collected performance from Brendan Rodgers' men in their second home game of the season saw David Moyes' Manchester United subjected to defeat at Anfield.

    Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game on his 24th birthday, heading home from close-range after four minutes.

    However it is achieved, and however much of an off day Manchester United are having, a victory over the arch-rivals in always a thrill to witness.

9. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City

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    Sturridge's goal shortly before half-time on the opening day of the season put Liverpool in control of a game they should really have gone on to win by more.

    But when chances dried up for the Reds, Daniel Agger handled the ball inside the area, only for Simon Mignolet to make an important save from Jon Walters' penalty as Liverpool held on for the three points.

    Such was the roar around Anfield when Mignolet dived to turn away Walters' penalty late on in the game that this was a thrilling way to start the new season.

8. Liverpool 4-3 Swansea City

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    Usually a 4-3 scoreline suggests a thrilling game of football. It evokes memories of Liverpool's two 4-3 victories over Newcastle United in the mid-'90s, which saw end-to-end football.

    But this was more of an important win for Liverpool rather than thrilling.

    The visitors had got back into the game from 2-0 down thanks to goals from Jonjo Shelvey and a Martin Skrtel own goal, and Liverpool were forced to keep searching for goals.

    Sturridge's header just before half-time was quickly cancelled out by a Wilfried Bony penalty just after, but Jordan Henderson secured the win 16 minutes from time.

7. Liverpool 5-1 Norwich City

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    This game will long be remembered as the Luis Suarez masterclass.

    Hitting the peak of his season so far, Suarez scored four goals against the Canaries, taking his tally against them to 11 goals.

    His brilliant display included a superb volley from long range and a perfect free-kick from just outside the area.

6. Stoke City 3-5 Liverpool

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    Having not beaten Stoke on their own turf before in the Premier League, Liverpool showed strength of character to recover from conceding a 2-0 lead before half-time.

    Eventually Liverpool's resolve won out, with Sturridge scoring a late fifth to add to a Ryan Shawcross own goal, a brace from Suarez and a Steven Gerrard penalty.

5. Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

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    Following his 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic back in April 2013, Suarez returned to Premier League action at the Stadium of Light, immediately reigniting his sensational partnership with Sturridge.

    It was an important win for Liverpool, too, having struggled with away form, as Suarez and Sturridge combined to score all three goals between them.

4. Liverpool 4-0 Everton

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    On a fantastic night for the red half of Merseyside, Liverpool ran through Everton's defence again and again.

    With so much riding on the game due to the close proximity of the two teams in the league table, it was a performance of epic heroics that saw demolish their local rivals.

    Gerrard's header made Anfield erupt for the first time in the evening on 21 minutes before Sturridge added two more before half-time.

    Suarez's athletic run against the challenge of Phil Jagielka to score a fourth wrapped up a wonderful night for Liverpool.

3. Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool

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    Many will remember this game as the match in which Jordan Henderson came of age, with a near-perfect performance in Gerrard's absence.

    Liverpool were simply sensational, overpowering and overrunning Tottenham in every area of the pitch. Even Jon Flanagan got on the scoresheet with a wonderfully taken fourth goal of the afternoon before Raheem Sterling netted the fifth.

2. Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

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    Anfield was torn between scenes of jubilation and scenes of sheer disbelief when a rampant Liverpool put four past Arsenal inside the first 20 minutes in February.

    It was a performance that stunned the Premier League and really showed Liverpool's credentials to break into the top three ahead of them.

    When Sterling scored his second of the game, and Liverpool's fifth, on 52 minutes, the Kop had a party.

1. Fulham 2-3 Liverpool

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    It has been a delight to be a Liverpool fan this season, seeing the team score more goals than any other club, but no match was more thrilling than the conclusion to the Reds' trip to Fulham in February.

    Having been behind twice in the game, Liverpool had shown the courage to get back on level terms and when Sturridge was brought down by Sascha Riether for an injury-time penalty, the travelling Kop got ready to go wild.

    Gerrard coolly dispatched the penalty, and Liverpool had claimed a crucially important victory.

    It inspired thrilling emotions of belief—that maybe, just maybe, with Liverpool grinding out wins from out of the blue, a title challenge could be on the cards.