- Liverpool move up to fifth spot with win
- Reds unbeaten in the league in 2015
- City without a win at Anfield since May 2003
- Pellegrini’s side remain five points behind Chelsea
Philippe Coutinho scored a stunning winner as Liverpool dented Manchester City’s Premier League title defence with a narrow victory at Anfield.
Jordan Henderson’s curling effort put the Reds ahead before Edin Dzeko finished off a slick move to equalise.
But Brazil midfielder Coutinho capped a fine display with the decisive goal when he struck from 25 yards.
The result leaves City five points behind Chelsea having played a game extra, while Liverpool move to fifth.
Liverpool’s 3-2 victory in this fixture last April was seen as a pivotal moment for the Reds in last season’s title charge, although ultimately it was City that went on to win the Premier League a month later.
With current league leaders Chelsea in League Cup final action against Tottenham, City manager Manuel Pellegrini had underlined the importance of this match and the need for his side to “keep fighting” in the title race.
City made a two-point gain on Chelsea last weekend but they were unable to make up further ground on Jose Mourinho’s side after Coutinho scored the winning goal against them at Anfield for the second consecutive season.
For Liverpool, it kept their unbeaten record league in 2015 and having taken 26 points from a possible 30 momentum appears to be building in their bid to finish in one of the Champions League places.