Liverpool claim vital victory

  • Last Updated: April 13 2014, 18:51 BST

A review of Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League.

  • Liverpool celebrate the 3-2 victory over Manchester City
  • Demba Ba scores the winner for Chelsea at Swansea 

Liverpool took a giant stride towards the Barclays Premier League title with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho scored the winning goal with a superb first-time finish from the edge of the box 12 minutes from time after a blunder from Vincent Kompany.

City had fought back from 2-0 down but Liverpool took the three points for a 10th victory in a row.

The Merseyside club now have a seven-point advantage over Manuel Pellegrini's men, although the Etihad Stadium outfit still have two games in hand.

With the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster falling on Tuesday, floral tributes were presented to Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush by City's Mike Summerbee, Joe Corrigan and Tony Book before the kick-off and there was a '96 25 Years' Kop mosaic for the impeccably observed minute's silence.

Position Player Score
1 Liverpool 77
2 Chelsea 75
3 Man City 70
4 Everton 66
5 Arsenal 64
6 Tottenham 60
7 Man Utd 57
8 Southampton 48
9 Newcastle 46
10 Stoke City 43
11 West Ham 37
12 C Palace 37
13 Hull City 36
14 A Villa 34
15 Swansea 33
16 West Brom 33
17 Norwich 32
18 Fulham 30
19 Cardiff 29
20 Sunderland 25

Liverpool started quickly and took the lead with just six minutes on the clock as Raheem Sterling was picked out by Luis Suarez's excellent pass and the youngster showed incredible composure to bamboozle both Kompany and Joe Hart before rolling home.

Hart produced a superb save to deny Steven Gerrard after he was given a free header from Coutinho's corner, but the lead was doubled from the next corner as Martin Skrtel got away from Kompany at the near post to glance home.

City hit back in style in the second half with David Silva (57) converting James Milner's low cross, before Glen Johnson could only divert the Spain international's shot beyond Simon Mignolet at his near post.

Liverpool though were not to be denied as they claimed victory thanks to Coutinho's strike, although Jordan Henderson saw red deep into added time for a late challenge on Samir Nasri.

In the day's other match, Demba Ba struck another priceless goal following his Champions League heroics to keep Chelsea firmly in the title race.

Ba's 68th-minute strike finally broke 10-man Swansea's Liberty Stadium resistance for a 1-0 win that leaves Chelsea two points behind leaders Liverpool with four games remaining.

It followed the winner he struck against Paris St Germain five days ago that booked the Blues' place in this season's Champions League semi-finals.

  • Philippe Coutinho scored the winner as Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 in a massive Super Sunday clash
  • There were tributes before kick-off to the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster
  • It only took six minutes for Raheem Sterling to give Liverpool the lead
  • There was a big blow for City when Yaya Toure went off injured
  • Steven Gerrard put Edin Dzeko under pressure
  • Martin Skrtel gave the Reds a 2-0 advantage
  • That left City with lots of work to do
  • Luis Suarez and Samir Nasri clashed at the start of the second half
  • David Silva gave City hope with a goal in the 57th minute
  • Glen Johnson's own goal pulled the away side level
  • The Reds were back celebrating when Philippe Coutinho put them 3-2 ahead in the 78th minute
  • Jordan Henderson was sent off late on but Liverpool held on for a vital three points in the title race
  • Swansea v Chelsea was the second Premier League match of the day
  • There was bad news for the Swans when Chico was dismissed in the 16th minute
  • There were no goals for Mohamed Salah of anybody else before the break
  • Demba Ba's goal in the 68th minute was all it took for Chelsea to claim the victory
  • He continues to be the hero for the Blues as the title race continues
All the best pictures from Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Liverpool v Manchester City.

Chelsea, who visit Anfield in a fortnight's time, were made to sweat and toil by the Swans following Chico Flores' 17th-minute sending off.

Flores was dismissed after picking up his second yellow card - his cautions came just over two minutes apart - but Swansea scrapped for everything before Ba struck and left Garry Monk's men just three points above the relegation zone.


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