5 Things we’ve learned from Liverpool vs Manchester City

5 Things we've learned from Liverpool vs Manchester City

1.       That Liverpool never does things the easy way…

In a game that literally had everything, emotion, desire, comebacks, quality, controversy and endeavour, we witnessed the game of the season and a great advert for the Premier League yesterday afternoon. The game started and ended with an atmosphere that would rival any other sporting atmosphere in the world. But what did we learn from this game? Well, that Liverpool never do things the easy way. As a Liverpool fan, yesterday’s game was a rollercoaster that I have been on many times supporting the red side of Merseyside. Being on cloud nine in the first half, to being thrown down to rock bottom in the second half, to then be flung back up on top of the world after a stunning Coutinho strike was something that is part and parcel with supporting Liverpool. This rollercoaster has been endured on many an occasion, 2005 in Istanbul, 2006 at the Millenium Stadium and 2012 at Wembley Stadium. Yesterday once again was one hell of a rollercoaster ride, but one which made the win that bit more satisfying and rewarding.

2.       That Manchester City are still right in this title race…

Manchester City showed great fight and spirit to get back into the tie. With the momentum they had they would have probably gone on to win the game, had it not been for Kompany’s error which allowed the ever swinging pendulum, to swing back into Liverpool’s favour. Many have been trailing at Anfield and folded under the relentless pressure, Spurs, Arsenal and Everton have each crumbled and made the second half a breeze for Liverpool, but this couldn’t be further from the truth regarding Manchester City. Their fight and spirit is just what is needed to win this title, and although they won’t perhaps feel optimistic today, they can certainly take a lot of positives from yesterday’s blockbuster. With Aguero coming back and Liverpool still needing to win every game, which is not an easy ask especially with the genius of Mourinho coming to Anfield, who will undoubtedly have a plan to halt Liverpool’s attacking brilliance, Manchester City are still right in this title race.

3.       That the future may be even more promising for Liverpool Football Club…

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The quality and composure the youth of Liverpool showed yesterday was utterly brilliant. The calmness 19 year old Raheem Sterling showed for the first goal, matched that of a Robin Van Persie or Thierry Henry finish. Many would have thrashed and snatched at that chance but the little man who has been sensational this season and is undoubtedly going to the World Cup now, showed the craft and guile to feint past both Kompany and Hart to slide into an open goal. This young boy, who has grown into a man throughout the season is still at a tender age of 19 and is surely going to grow into a superstar in my opinion with the right coaching and nurturing. Another youngster that made a huge impression was Phillipe Coutinho. This season has seen him tear apart Arsenal in the emphatic 5-1 victory at home, and yesterday saw him voted Man of the Match via Twitter on the official Liverpool FC twitter page. At 21 years of age, surely the best of still to come from the “little magician” as he is known on LFCTV. Also at the age of 23 and 24 and still with years of improvement  to come, are the English duo of Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge. Although both didn’t have their greatest games yesterday, Henderson still worked relentlessly hard and his red card won’t overshadow what has been a fantastic season for him, appearing in every single game this season for the Premier League’s leading club and he has also been on the pitch a remarkable 99.2% of the time. Another young Englishman on the flight to Brazil is Daniel Sturridge, hopefully his injury isn’t too severe, as England will lose their biggest attacking threat if he were to miss the tournament. Finally, you cannot overlook 21 year old John Flanagan, who is maturing into one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League. Although maybe at fault for David Silva’s goal, he thwarted attack after attack by Jesus Navas, and consequently the £15m winger was substituted after just 50 minutes. These young players for Liverpool are surely only going to get better as they grow older, and this makes Liverpool’s future that bit more promising and exciting.

4.       That Steven Gerrard truly does deserve a Premier League medal…

It has been an absolute pleasure growing up watching Steven Gerrard. And the scenes after yesterday’s game are unparallel to anything we have seen before in the Premier League. Every football fan must have felt something yesterday, watching the Liverpool captain with tears in his eyes, as his side took one huge step towards the title. This iconic figure has dedicated his life to Liverpool Football Club, dragging them out of the abyss on too many occasions to mention. All the greats of the Premier League, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard all have a Premier League medal to their name. Steven Gerrard deserves to be in that list of greats. Every sporting fan must realise that a man with his integrity and what he has done for Liverpool Football Club, deserves to have a Premier League medal. This may be his last chance to win it as a player and I pray to God that his dream comes true

5.       That the Premier League is still the best league in the world…

I don’t think many could argue with this point. Yes Spain is also witnessing an enthralling title race, but I don’t think it comes close to the Premier League in terms of drama and atmosphere. Yesterday was one of many astonishing games that we have witnessed over the last 20 years. This game was right up there, competing with games such as Man. United’s dramatic 4-3 win over Man. City and Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Newcastle in 1996. The game yesterday just solidifies what many of us believe, and that is that the Premier League is still the greatest league in the world.

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