Jurgen Klopp’s men have now played City twice in the space of four days, in the Capital One Cup (League Cup) and now the English Premier League.
Liverpool beat Manchester City home and away, including a 4-1 thrashing at the Etihad. Unfortunately the Reds got no silverware for these efforts despite the middle fixture, the Cup final ending 1-1 until penalties decided it in the Manchester club’s favour.
At Anfield both teams surprisingly selected strong line-ups when you consider they were both extended past extra-time on Sunday. Only a few key players needed rest such as Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Yaya Toure.
As has been common this season, Klopp had Manuel Pellegrini’s number in the tactical battle and Liverpool controlled the game. At Wembley, City held back the fort. The home side could’ve feared this would be another good controlling performance without the finishing touch, but Adam Lallana changed that with a rare long range goal for the hosts.
Lallana got some space just outside the box and let in a good low shot to the left of Hart for the opener. Before the end of the first half, Roberto Firmino and James Milner provided some fabulous inter-play, with the latter bursting into the box and slotting it in for the second.
Milner enjoyed scoring against his former club. Then in the second half quite early on the Reds made it three, this time Firmino getting his just desserts, being fed by Lallana for 3-0. Klopp could then rest his players with half an hour to go, bringing on Christian Benteke and Joe Allen.
The game was certainly already over as a contest by then.