Liverpool moved into fifth place in the Premier League on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Anfield.
Philippe Coutinho dealt a blow to Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes with the decisive goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday.
With Chelsea playing in the League Cup final later in the day, City could have moved within two points of the leaders, but Coutinho’s stunning strike instead ensured Liverpool claimed a crucial victory in their bid for a top-four finish.
Jordan Henderson brought the game to life after 11 minutes with his third league goal of the season for the hosts, the 24-year-old finding the top corner from 20 yards.
City were level midway through the half as Edin Dzeko calmly converted his 50th Premier League strike from a sublime Sergio Aguero pass.
After such an action-packed 45 minutes, the second half struggled to reach similar heights until Coutinho took centre stage 15 minutes from time, the Brazilian curling home from the left-edge of the penalty area.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side pushed for a second equaliser, but to no avail and City remain five points behind Chelsea having played a game more, while Liverpool are up to fifth.
A frenetic start was dominated by Liverpool – who made four changes from their defeat to Besiktas on Thursday – with Adam Lallana twice going close.