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April 14, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Reaction, Premier League

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One match at a time, four more times; Liverpool cleared a massive hurdle in the race for the Premier League title with a convincing 3-2 win over fellow title challengers Manchester City.

The Reds raced to a two goal lead within 20-minutes with memories of the routs of Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham cropping up all around the stadium. A much better second half from the visitors saw Manuel Pellegrini’s side draw level after David Silva pulled one back and fullback Glen Johnson’s own goal restored parity. City looked the more likely to go on and claim a vital three-points before the roar of the Kop — and a mistake from Vincent Kompany — saw Philippe Coutinho finish coolly beyond a diving Joe Hart.

April 7, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Reaction, Premier League

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Those are the kind of matches that champions win; this teams newfound ability to grind out a win where we would have only been able to manage a draw before has been vital in the race for the title and we saw that again today — nine wins on the trot and three points sends us back to the summit of the Premier League.

Steven Gerrard put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after West Ham defender James Tomkins handled in the area, but Guy Demel leveled the scores just before halftime after an apparent foul by Andy Carroll on Simon Mignolet was ignored by referee Anthony Taylor. The former Liverpool man crashed a header against the crossbar as Sam Allardyce’s side went looking for the go-ahead, but it would be the Merseysiders who’d walk on with the points after the Captain slotted home his second penalty of the match following Adrián’s upending of Jon Flanagan.

March 16, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Reaction, Premier League

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Victories at Old Trafford have been hard to come by for Liverpool through the years, but from the get go, the result hardly looked in doubt.. With Manchester United looking a mere husk of the side that galloped to the title last season, the anxiety in their game was palpable and Liverpool, confident in possession and assured going forward, took advantage time and again.

From the first whistle, you could feel it in the air; penalties on either side of the half saw Steven Gerrard hand Liverpool a massive lead before Luis Suarez poked home from close range to seal the points. If the Reds had dreams of the league title returning to Anfield going into this fixture, they come out of it with something entirely tangible – a real, honest to goodness shot at bringing it home.

March 2, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Reaction, Premier League

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That’s that then; Tottenham away? Smashed. Stoke at the Britannia? Cheers for that one. Arsenal at home? Absolute dreamland; and now Southampton away? Done and dusted, my friends.

Luis Suarez ended his mini-drought to score on his 100th Premier League appearance after a lucky bounce saw the striker finish first time past Artur Boruc. The Saints had a number of chances to equalize, and in a second half-flurry they nearly did, but a timely substitution from Brendan Rodgers saw Raheem Sterling double their lead within 80-seconds of coming on. The hosts did little to press Liverpool after that, and when Jose Fonte fouled Suarez deep into injury time, Reds captain Steven Gerrard sealed the points from the penalty spot with an emphatic finish. Eleven years without a win at St. Marys’s? Reset that counter.

February 23, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Reaction, Premier League

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Once again, a match we would have drawn — or even gone on to lose — in seasons past pays off in a spectacular way as Jordan Henderson snatches a late win for Liverpool in his 100th start for the club.

It’s not often that you see the Reds concede three at Anfield, but we saw Swansea City’s quality in the reverse fixtures when the two sides ran out a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium and the Welsh side showed it again today. Two goals in four minutes from the Jacks nullified a spectacular opening twenty minutes from the hosts, and when Daniel Sturridge scored his second to put the Merseysiders ahead at the break, Wilfried Bony was on hand to slot home from the spot not long after the restart.

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