On this edition of Throwback Thursday, we have on eye on the weekend fixture between Manchester City and Liverpool. And with that in mind, here’s five memorable clashes involving both teams, just to whip you into the mood before Saturday’s game.
Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool (October 2008)
An unbeaten Liverpool team travelled to the City of Manchester stadium to face Man City, who were still in the infancy period of their new Middle-Eastern big-money owners.
The hosts dominated the first half and went into the break two goals up, a well-taken finish from Stephen Ireland and a Javier Garrido free-kick putting them deservedly in control. Liverpool came racing out of the blocks after halftime, and 10 minutes in Fernando Torres halved the deficit for Rafa Benitez’s team. City had a chance to restore their two-goal cushion, but Robinho missed an open goal; then things took a huge twist when their defender Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Xabi Alonso. Liverpool took advantage of the extra man and Torres equalised with his second of the game in the 73rd minute. It became 10 men apiece late on when Martin Skrtel got stretchered off for the visitors, then Torres missed a gilt-edged chance, as the game seemed to be heading for a draw. But in stoppage time Liverpool would get the winner, Dirk Kuyt pouncing on a loose ball to slide home their third and complete the comeback.
Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool (February 2013)
Champions Manchester City hosted Liverpool hoping to keep pace with table toppers Manchester United; and they took the lead 23 minutes later through Edin Dzeko. But that would last only for six minutes, as former City man Daniel Sturridge rifled home the visitors’ equaliser.
Liverpool went ahead in the second half with 17 minutes left, Steven Gerrard scoring a typical Steven Gerrard pile-driver from long range, in front of the delighted Reds fans.
But that joy was short-lived, as just five minutes later Sergio Aguero would restore parity, finishing from a seemingly impossible angle to salvage a point for the hosts.
Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City (April 2014)
Top of the table, and on the prowl for a first league title in 25 years, Liverpool hosted Manchester City in the week that marked the 25th anniversary of the Hilsborough disaster. The Reds were four points ahead of their opponents, but had played two games more, so they needed a win to keep their fate in their own hands. And they got off to the best possible start, Raheem Sterling putting them in front with a neat finish after just six minutes; then midway through the half Martin Skrtel headed home a Steven Gerrard corner to put them well in the driving seat. City responded well after halftime, first pulling goal back in the 57th minute after some good work from James Milner let in David Silva for 2-1; then Silva saw his cross deflect in off Glen Johnson for the equaliser five minutes later. City had their tails up while Liverpool looked on verge of capitulation, but things would change with 12 minutes left, an error by the visitors’ skipper Vincent Kompany allowed Philippe Coutinho to find the bottom corner with a well-taken finish. The hosts- despite seeing Jordan Henderson get sent off in the 88th minute- held on for the win, although it would come to little, as City ended up being league champions.
Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool (November 2015)
Manchester City, top of the standings, hosted Liverpool- in their early weeks under new manager Jurgen Klopp and having suffered defeat in their last game, at home to Crystal Palace- in Raheem Sterling’s first game against his former club. Liverpool had a first half to remember, Eliaquim Mangala’s own goal putting them in front inside eight minutes, before Roberto Firmino played in Philippe Coutinho for their second. The roles were reversed for the third, Coutinho turning provider for Firmino’s first goal for the club, before Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back for City just before the interval. But the hosts barely gathered any sort of moment in the second half, and with nine minutes to go Martin Skrtel added a fourth for Liverpool, to seal an impressive victory.
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City; Manchester City won 3-1 on penalties (February 2016)
Liverpool and City met at Wembley in the League Cup final in February 2016, Jurgen Klopp in search of his first trophy with the Reds, while the Citizens were aiming for a second League Cup triumph in three years. And it was City who went ahead just after the second half begun, Sergio Aguero teeing up Fernandinho whose shot squirmed under Liverpool goalie Simon Mignolet and into the net. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were in charge of proceedings, and should have killed off the game, but former Liverpool man Raheem Sterling spurned two good opportunities, and Liverpool made the most of their lucky breaks in the form of a late Philippe Coutinho equaliser. City still had a chance to snatch the win, but were denied twice by Mignolet, while in extra time they had their own goalie Willy Caballero to thank for keeping them level, the Argentine shot-stopper saving Divock Origi’s header. Caballero would be the hero when it went to a penalty shootout, denying Coutinho, Lucas and Adam Lallana from 12 yards while Manchester City converted three of their four penalties to claim the League Cup trophy.