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Football: Liverpool march on after 3-2 win over Man City puts them in the driver's seat

Published on Apr 13, 2014 11:12 PM
 
Liverpool's Philippe Courtinho (centre) celebrates scoring with Jon Flanagan (right) and Steven Gerrard against Manchester City during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Liverpool took a giant stride towards their first English championship of the Premier League era with a thrilling 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City on Sunday at an emotional Anfield, where fans marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool took a giant stride towards their first English championship of the Premier League era with a thrilling 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City on Sunday at an emotional Anfield, where fans marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Victory left the destiny of the league title, which they last won in 1990, in Liverpool's own hands as they went five points clear of second-placed Chelsea, away to Swansea later Sunday, and seven in front of third-placed City. Although City have two games in hand on both Liverpool and Chelsea, these can only yield a maximum of six points.

First-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel put Liverpool 2-0 up only for City to hit back after the break through David Silva and a Glen Johnson own-goal. However Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho sealed the win 12 minutes from time with a crisp first-time strike following a sliced clearance from City captain Vincent Kompany.

Liverpool had to play the closing minutes of stoppage-time a man down after Jordan Henderson was sent off for a wild challenge on Samir Nasri.

 
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