Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City (September 2000)
In terms of determining the destination of the Premier League title, it can now be said that Liverpool vs Manchester City is the biggest game in English football. It was not always thus, however, but the two teams still played out an entertaining encounter in 2000 despite neither being anywhere near that season’s championship tussle.
The Reds did at least complete a treble of FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup in the first campaign of the 21st century, and they also beat City – who were ultimately relegated – at Anfield in September. Michael Owen scored the only goal of the first half and Liverpool’s lead was doubled through Dietmar Hamann after the break, only for the visitors to hit back through George Weah and Kevin Horlock.
Just seconds after the latter levelled the scores, though, Hamann grabbed his second and Liverpool’s third, notching what proved to be the winner in the 82nd minute.
Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool (December 2003)
Manchester City went on a dreadful run midway through the 2003/04 campaign, failing to win 14 games in a row between the end of November and the middle of February. Most of their results in that period were self-evidently negative, but a 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool was a respectable scoreline.
Nicolas Anelka slotted home a penalty on the half-hour mark to give Kevin Keegan’s men the lead, which they held until Vladimir Smicer equalised in the 66th minute. Dietmar Hamann then made it 2-1 to Liverpool, but Robbie Fowler struck against his boyhood club in the 90th minute to earn City a point.
Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool (October 2008)
Liverpool have finished second five times since their last top-tier title in 1990, with one of those occasions coming in 2008/09. Rafael Benitez’s side were top of the table until the middle of January, only to finish four points behind Manchester United, despite winning 10 of their final 11 games – including a famous 4-1 demolition of their rivals at Old Trafford.
They also won at the home of United’s neighbours, recording a 3-2 triumph at the City of Manchester Stadium. City had been taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group a few months earlier, and looked set to record a memorable win against Liverpool in October. Goals from Stephen Ireland and Javier Garrido made it 2-0 to Mark Hughes’ men at half-time, but Dirk Kuyt and a Fernando Torres brace turned the match on its head after the interval.
Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City (April 2014)
Liverpool won the battle but Manchester City won the war in the race for the Premier League title in 2013/14. Brendan Rodgers’ side went 2-0 up in a fast first-half start, but the visitors began to exert their influence as the game wore on, as David Silva inspired a comeback around the hour mark.
There was still time for Liverpool to regain the momentum, though, and Philippe Coutinho struck the decisive fifth goal of the contest in the 78th minute. That put the Reds seven points clear of City, who had two games in hand and ultimately overhauled Rodgers’ men at the summit.
Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City (January 2018)
City were still unbeaten when they headed to Anfield for their 23rd game of the 2017/18 season, and after a thrilling 90 minutes Liverpool had ended their run. It did not make any difference in terms of the non-existent title race – City remained 15 points clear despite the defeat – but it showed Jurgen Klopp’s side that they could compete with Pep Guardiola’s.
Both teams scored in the first half, before three quick-fire goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah put Liverpool 4-1 up. City rallied to cut the deficit through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, but Klopp’s charges held on.
Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool (January 2019)
Having suffered shock December defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester, City faced the prospect of falling seven points adrift of Liverpool if they were defeated at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero gave Pep Guardiola’s men the lead, but Roberto Firmino equalised in the 64th minute and Liverpool began to put the pressure on in search of the goal that would probably put the title out of their opponents’ reach.
City weathered the storm, though, and it was Leroy Sane who struck the winner late on. Guardiola’s side went on to win the league by a point, meaning this victory was decisive.