Liverpool 3 - 2 Manchester City

Match info: Premier League at Anfield

Date: 13/04/2014 KO: 13:37 Ref: Att: 44,601

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Liverpool

Martin Skrtel 26
Philippe Coutinho 78
Raheem Sterling 6

3
vs
2

Man City

David Silva 57
Glen Johnson 62 (og)

FT (ht: 2-0)

  • Last Updated: April 13 2014, 17:56 BST

Post-match reaction to Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Manchester City.

Gerrard not getting carried away

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admitted Sunday's 3-2 victory over Manchester City was "the longest 90 minutes" of his life as the Reds claimed the scalp of their biggest rivals in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.

Brendan Rodgers' men raced into the lead with goals from Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel, but City clawed their way back after the interval thanks to David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal.

However, Phillippe Coutinho's strike 12 minutes from time proved decisive as Liverpool moved five points clear at the top of the table ahead of Chelsea's match with Swansea.

Gerrard is aware of the importance of the win, but warned the title is not within their grasp yet and feels next Sunday's fixture at Norwich is now key to their hopes.

"That win means so much," he told Sky Sports 1. "They got back into the game but I think we showed today that we want to go to the wire. We want to go all the way.

"That's the longest 90 minutes I've probably ever played in. It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of that game.

"But that is such a big result for us. We've got four cup finals left. People said that was the biggest one (match) but I disagree - I think the biggest one now is Norwich.

"Nothing is ours yet. The important thing now is not to get carried away with that result. We need to stay calm and prepare for Norwich. The scenes are great today and the fans are very happy, but we have a day off tomorrow and then we go for Norwich."

Manager Brendan Rodgers felt it was a game his team may well have lost in the early part of his tenure, but the Reds are made of much more resilient stuff these days.

Their 10th successive league win opened up a seven-point gap to third-placed City, who have two matches in hand but have had their destiny taken out of their own control.

"The group is very tight. We foster a real closeness here in our spirit and you need that if you are going to win anything. There has to be a cause to fight for," the Northern Irishman said.

"Getting pegged back to 2-2, we may have gone on to lose that game when I first came in here, but we dusted ourselves off and went again and the level of some of our football was so good we ended up getting a terrific goal.

"The performance level of the players was sensational - to dominate as we did in the first half with that energy and intelligence was remarkable.

"We showed our resilience to see it through. Ten wins in succession is an incredible achievement and against all the odds we are where we are and are still fighting."

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini accepted his side failed to deal with the early onslaught launched by Liverpool, but was pleased with their comeback and does not consider the title race done and dusted just yet.

"The team played very well. We had chances to score and win the game and we didn't. Finally Liverpool won the game with a mistake," he said.

"It is not the end of the Premier League. The most important thing today is now it is not dependent what we do in the future.

"If Liverpool win their four games maybe they deserve to win the title, but we will continue fighting until the end. We have to play one of our games in hand on Wednesday."

Pellegrini felt they should have had a penalty in the first half with the score at 2-0 when Mamadou Sakho clattered into Edin Dzeko, but he refused to criticise referee Mark Clattenburg.

"It was a very clear penalty but I don't want to talk about the referee - it is not fair to think that we lost the game because of the referee," he added.

City lost influential midfielder Yaya Toure to injury midway through the first half, which may cast doubt on his participation in the rest of the season.

"Yaya has an injury in his hamstring and will be assessed (on Monday)," the Chilean said.


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