Liverpool vs. Manchester City: Live Player Ratings for Both Teams

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool rounds goalkeeper Joe Hart of Manchester City on the way to setting up the opening goal scored by Philippe Coutinho during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool and Manchester City played each other on Sunday at Anfield, with the outcome of the match likely to have a heavy bearing on the destination of the Premier League title.

It was Liverpool who came out on top after a terrific match, with a 3-2 win. At half-time the Reds led 2-0 after a blistering start to the game saw them take the lead through Raheem Sterling early on. Martin Skrtel made it two after a fine near-post header off a corner.

City came back with goals from David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal, before Philippe Coutinho won the match late on.

Liverpool Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Mignolet78
Johnson77
Skrtel88
Sakho88
Flanagan88
Gerrard89
Coutinho910
Henderson87
Sterling910
Suarez88
Sturridge77
AllenN/A8
MosesN/A6
LucasN/A6
b/r
Manchester City Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Hart77
Zabaleta67
Demichelis67
Kompany54
Clichy56
Fernandinho77
Toure6N/A
Navas65
Silva79
Nasri67
Dzeko55
Garcia67
MilnerN/A6
AgueroN/A7
b/r

 

Quick first-half analysis

Liverpool started quickly, as is their habit at Anfield, and City's defence simply couldn't cope with that movement and invention early on.

Starting in a diamond, Liverpool continually got Raheem Sterling into space and his pace and technique caused all sorts of problems, even aside from his goal. Just behind him, Philippe Coutinho has been utterly irrepressible, winning back the ball in his wider central midfield role and then creating all sorts of danger moving forward in possession.

City have enjoyed some possession in the final third without creating too much danger, with nobody running in behind Liverpool's back four in the way Sturridge and Sterling have done at the other end. However, a slew of chances for the away side at the end of the half showed how much of a threat they remain and can still get back into the game.

 

Quick second-half analysis

City came out fighting in the second half and got plenty of joy down their left channel, linking Samir Nasri and David Silva whenever possible, and their second goal came from there.

The momentum was with the away side and their improved possession and tenacity on the ball saw the game swing in their favour until Liverpool gathered themselves and pushed forward in numbers once more.

Kompany might have been fit to start the game but he was involved in all three of Liverpool's goals, with his mis-kick proving the assist for the match-winner, Philippe Coutinho.