Twitter Reacts to Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and More Stars vs. Manchester City

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Twitter Reacts to Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and More Stars vs. Manchester City
Clint Hughes

Liverpool took control of the Premier League title race with a nail-biting 3-2 victory over rivals Manchester City amidst emotional scenes at Anfield. 

And the world of Twitter was quick to react to the frenetic scenes on Merseyside as Anfield marked 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster by stealing a march in the title race. 

The normally stoic Steven Gerrard showed rare emotion at the final whistle as he was mobbed by his teammates (via Dan Roan of the BBC). 

BBC Sport's Gary Lineker certainly made no effort to disguise his allegiances for the remainder of this ground-breaking season.

Gerrard's reaction followed a dramatic ending to the season's most important match so far, with Vincent Kompany's clumsy clearance handing Philippe Coutinho the opportunity to send Liverpool into a 3-2 lead. It was a lead they would hold until the final whistle despite England midfielder Jordan Henderson seeing straight red for a late challenge in the closing stages. 

Liverpool's tweet showed just what that victory meant to the club.

Brendan Rodgers' men made things far more difficult for themselves than they should have. Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel put the home side up 2-0 within the first half an hour. But City, the 2011-12 Premier League Champions, hit back after the break with a David Silva and Glen Johnson own goal putting them back on terms. 

By Luis Suarez's standards this was a quiet afternoon's work, but the Uruguayan rarely leaves the field without having provided some moment of discussion, whether it is a matter of his brilliance or petulance. Today was no different. 

The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter took to Twitter to declare his feelings after Suarez took a tumble under a challenge from Martin Demichelis. 

Rather than Suarez, it was a Raheem Sterling who received the plaudits for his display. The precocious young winger is fast making a mockery of any debate over his inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, and he highlighted his development under Rodgers with a man of the match display here, as tweeted by Liverpool. 

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor needs no persuading of the value of Sterling in England's Brazil squad, as he tweeted. 

No visit to Twitter would be quite complete without a philosophising tweet from Joey Barton, and the Liverpudlian did not disappoint this afternoon.

And the Queens Park Rangers midfielder was back again minutes later following Coutinho's winning strike. 

Coutinho's strike sent Liverpool seven points clear of Manchester City, who hold two games in hand. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea lurk ominously behind Liverpool, who themselves face four games, all of which they likely need to win.

Brendan Rodgers spoke to BBC Sport following the victory:

It was a remarkable performance. I thought we were incredible today. We showed so much spirit and quality.

Credit to Manchester City. We were outstanding in that first half but you expect a team like City to come back for 15 or 20 minutes.

Together, the players, the supporters and the staff, it was a wonderful victory for us.

It's always emotive, especially around this time. We live with Hillsborough every day. The families and the victims are in our thoughts every day. It was an inspiration for us, rather than something that held us back.

At least three of those will be tricky encounters. Crystal Palace and Norwich City are fighting for their top-fight lives and will pose a real threat as the season nears its climax. The dangers of a Chelsea visit to Anfield are all too apparent.

What remains clear, however, is that Liverpool's title shot remains very much in their own hands. And that's something that hasn't been said on Merseyside for a long time.  

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