What a game! The Premiership at its best, which isn’t a surprise in that City and Liverpool are the best two sides in the League. My feeling was that in games like this it is the team with the momentum that has the advantage and for 25 minutes that was exactly how it was. Liverpool were breathtaking. City had simply no answer to Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling whose pace and movement was world class. City were two down and I was fearing an absolute annihilation, especially when Ya Ya limped out of it.
City’s invincibility for this season was built on that spine - Hart, Kompany, Toure and Aguero. That, and I don’t think I am being over subjective, is the best spine in the world. However, Hart had a lapse that cost us points early in the season, we have lost Kompany at vital times and Aguero has been out for some time. Today, Kompany was taped up and it was too soon for Aguero. Losing Toure was, I thought, curtains. Yet, somehow City got level and were on the very verge of putting themselves in the driving seat. That it was Kompany’s panic, with no need to panic, that gave the title away was particularly gutting.
Yet, let’s get back to Liverpool. Ten games in a row. My goodness. Playing with utter confidence and freedom. Brilliant. That their manager is from Carnlough adds to the thrill of it. Liverpool winning their first Premiership title would be the story of the season and it would be a great story. I would be so pleased for Stevie Gerrard who has shown a loyalty to his hometown club in an era when that has almost become extinct. Is there another human being in the League who deserves a title winning medal more; probably not Luis Suarez?! I know what it is like to win a title after so many barren years and I would not begrudge my Liverpool mates that same joy.
However, it is not over. I now believe that Liverpool probably deserve it but Jose Mourinho will be looking at the players at the final whistle today and thinking that the door is open for Chelsea who can now win it if they win all their games. City trouped off heads down and disconsolate, needing to somehow pick themselves up for the first of their games in hand against Sunderland on Wednesday night. Everton away won’t be an easy game in the run in! Liverpool players, on the other hand, were in tears and celebrating with an intensity of emotion. Jose will be hoping that the younger players might have used their emotion up. The last few yards in the sprint for a title throws twists and turns. Now Liverpool have to experience that for the first time where City and Chelsea have done it before. Stevie Gerrard took the words out of my mouth when he stated that the Norwich game is the big one. Chelsea is a tough one too. They are all cup finals from now on and we know what Cup Finals can do to the form guides!