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How Liverpool Took Another Giant Step To The Premier League Title By Beating Manchester City

Written by on April 13, 2014 | 12 Comments »
Posted in Liverpool, Manchester City

Context

 

Liverpool entered the match leading the Premier League, two points ahead of Chelsea and four points up on Manchester City but City having played two games fewer. Liverpool has never won the Premier League since its formation in 1992 and their last title win came in 1990.

 

The game also marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool supporters died while attending a FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

The emotion of the occasion was undoubtedly a challenge for both teams, but…to read more please click on the link.

 


12 Responses to “How Liverpool Took Another Giant Step To The Premier League Title By Beating Manchester City”

  1. Rob says:

    Not to take anything away from Liverpool but the game hinged on Clattenburg. He got a lot of decisions right and the major ones he got wrong were in favor of Liverpool.

    Seeing as how they did the same at the Etihad to Liverpool, I feel justice was served.

    4 games to go!!!

    The other major talking points not mentioned in the article will be the losses of Toure and Sturridge. Early reports say Toure is done for the year and BR says he is waiting a couple days to see on Danny. With Hazard out already(he could miss the trip to Anfield), all three big guns could be going for it without some of their best players.

  2. John Bladen says:

    Since a referee can only make decisions based on what the players do in terms of fouls and conduct, it is not fair to say the game “hinged” on Clattenburg. It hinged on the actions of the players, as ever.

    While some will point to the non-call on the Suarez/Kompany incident in the box, or the non-call on Sterling (just to even it up for City fans), the reality is it is the players and the decisions they make – not the referees response to them – that make the difference. Those who demand everything be called will have to admit that Suarez (who committed four cardable offenses in the game, three before the Kompany incident) would not have been on the pitch to draw that potential penalty under said circumstances.

    We as fans like to complain about the “obvious” things we believe were missed (Kompany’s bad clearance for example) rather than the fine plays that contributed to the result (Coutinho’s fantastic reaction and shot placement immediately afterward).

    Well done to LFC… deserving winners. Perhaps City are regretting the decision to retreat and play for the draw in last 20 mins… they really had the home side on the run in the second.

  3. Rob says:

    Well when Suarez should’ve been sent off, Dzeko had a penalty turned down, Silva had a penalty turned down and Skrtel got a way with a penalty…I would say the game hinged on Clattenberg.

    “Since a referee can only make decisions based on what the players do in terms of fouls and conduct, it is not fair to say the game “hinged” on Clattenburg. It hinged on the actions of the players, as ever”

    Well if you can say that then I can the players really don’t matter either as they just react to the movement of the ball.

    As we both know the players have a direct effect on the ball. And so does the ref on how the game is played out. To try to minimize the importance of the job of refs is ridiculous. I’ve never understood the need to minimize one of the biggest factors of a game, though I do understand the need to protect them from players and fans alike.

    They have a job to do(just like the players) and if they don’t perform well it will be noticed(just like the players).

    “Well done to LFC… deserving winners.”

    I’m a huge Liverpool supporter and I couldn’t disagree more. If we play like that again, we will draw or, worse, lose. Very fortunate to come away with three points.

  4. Seattle Loon says:

    As a Liverpool fan who try’s to remain as objective as possible I thought the team in red were fortunate yesterday. But overall I thought yesterday was yet another example of how games between close rivals are decided by the thinnest of margins. At this point I have to praise Philip Coutinho. He took that gifted chance (one of very few Liverpool had in the 2nd half) superbly. Overall he had a fantastic game and if his shooting becomes consistent he will be worthy of the comparison to Paul Scholes I read somewhere else this morning.

    Others players worth noting. Demichelis had a very good game making a mockery of those who have mocked him. Silva – what a player. James Milner showed why it’s a shame he isn’t at a club where he plays every week.

    Navas has had a pretty anonymous first season in the EPL. Mind you he is in good company – his fellow Spaniards Negredo and Soldado at Spurs have also been poor and very poor respectively.

    For Liverpool I find the progress of Raheem Sterling amazing. In less than six months his footballing brain, awareness and composure have lept forward a decade. The way he got into position for his goal and he took his chance was a perfect example of this. Joe Hart definitely helped him by getting caught in no man’s land.

    As a Liverpool fan I am excited for next season. I honestly didn’t think Champion’s League qualification was possible this season. I think Bobby is spot-on – they won’t have that much money to spend. Which means that surely some of their younger players having excellent seasons on loan (Suso at Almeria, Andre Wisdom at Derby and Tiago Ilori at Granada) will have chances to impress for Liverpool.

    Moment of the match – after the game – Steven Gerrard wiping away tears and then gathering his team-mates to exhort them to keep their focus for the next match.

  5. Ed Gomes says:

    Fantastic win for Liverpool. Frankly I was surprised that City was unable to grab hold of the title.

    Bobby, I saw the following article and found it interesting. It ranks the top paying sport franchises in the world.

    http://www.sportingintelligence.com/2014/04/15/revealed-man-city-yankees-dodgers-rm-barca-best-paid-in-global-sport-150401/

    FFP or not, will City be able to actually increase their wage bill?
    I also admit to being surprised with Arsenal’s. I thought it would have been lower.

  6. Seattle Loon says:

    The application of FFP may be very revealing in the case of Man City. Specifically will it look beyond the numbers and question the validity of how clubs are generating income?

    Man City’s largest sponsorship which is an amazing 500 million dollars + (over 10 years) comes from a company (Eithad Airlines) with close ties to the owners of Man City. In addition, other income the club receives appears somewhat dubious. The creation/purchase of soccer clubs in the US and Australia has led to Man City claiming significant income from the sale of commercial income to these clubs.

    If UEFA is serious about tacking financial doping both Man City and PSG (who have a similar cushy sponsorship arrangement) may be in for a rude awakening on May 5 when sanctions are announced.

    On the other hand if UEFA are as venal as their peers at FIFA they probably have nothing to worry about.

  7. Ed Gomes says:

    City will have nothing to worry about. Will a transfer window ban really cripple them? No. City has also come out with a lot talk of building their youth ranks, which would help towards meeting requirements. Remember that it’s not as if those youngsters need to develop, it’s the mere mention of having them that helps towards FFP.

    I’ve always said that FFP will allow the gap between the haves and have nots widen. The big clubs will always gather the means, and the rest will fall back.
    Ratings/revenue drives the sport, so the the big clubs will flourish.

  8. Rob says:

    Seattle Loon-Pretty much agreed with everything you said there in your original post. As for the money, we will see. Apparently we weren’t supposed to be spending that kind of money to begin with and we did. I have a feeling it will continue if the right players are available.

    In regards to FFP, I was reading an article that UEFA isn’t handing out any punishments. It comes from an independent panel that is made up of judges from European Courts across the continent.

    It also said that major punishments will only be dished out to those who aren’t even attempting to try to get their spending under control. So if Liverpool continue to spend but are showing that they are doing so in terms of making it a more viable club and a club that will eventually break even, there won’t be any punishments dished out to them.

    That’s according to an article I as reading.

  9. Ed Gomes says:

    On a side note, UEFA has done a survey/study in each country, to find out the overall support of clubs in the their leagues. That study was done and it factors into the financial health of a club.

    Benfica was found to have the largest percentage of fans in their country, in all of Europe. Forty seven percent of Portuguese were found to be Benfica fans. They finished ahead of Steaua Bucharest in Romenia (45%) and Galatasaray in Greece (37%).
    Granted smaller countries in smaller leagues.

    Putting money into academies/youth development also helps in FFP rules. Benfica created a B Squad, as have others in Portugal, in order to help towards meeting FFP. Clubs like City and Red Bull Salzburg have branched out to other leagues. It will allow to funnel any necessary funds and help generate actual real revenue, in order to meet FFP rules.
    By the way, Red Bull owns Salzburg. How do you differentiate its deal with City’s or PSG’s? Please don’t say, who cares about Salzburg, because they ‘re the big fish in Austria. Different levels of financing, but it still falls under UEFA.

    I’m not against oversight, so situations like Pompey, Leeds and I can name numerous other clubs in other leagues, don’t take place. But people shouldn’t start thinking that FFP will stop the big clubs from overspending. If anything, you can say that FFP has been created in order to protect big/historic clubs from “new” money. Granted “historic” could be interpreted several different ways.

  10. Rob says:

    I know Putin is invading the Ukraine but did the Greeks take over Constantinople?

  11. Ed Gomes says:

    LOL! Good catch Rob, my bad.
    The way the world is going, apparently they could reclaim it. Then again Italy might have a say in that. Not sure where the line has been drawn historically, in order to lay claim.

  12. Rob says:

    ED-Haha no doubt. I was just messing with ya

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