Move over Super Bowl which relied on a power outage to make the Baltimore Ravens sweat. The investigation reveals an inebriated fan tried using the power line to recharge his Iphone leading to the 30 minute break in the match. OK, just kidding. It was Beyonce's Large Hadron Collider performance that drained power. No such artificial drama suffused Liverpool's encounter with City which surely sees Utd power to their 20th league title. Nine points is too difficult to bridge with Utd in such unrelenting form.
Liverpool were on top for large stretches of this gripping match. Edin Dzeko took City into the lead but 6 minutes later was involved in a scrap with Daniel Agger that left him sprawling without a foul being called. As Dzeko lay on the ground the game went on without the referee stopping play. That suited Liverpool controlling the ball and after a scintillating build up Daniel Sturridge, proving to be the signing of the season for them, lashed in a perfectly placed shot with his left foot.
Steven Gerrard revived memories of his long distance piledrivers seen last in the 2005 CL final against Milan with a huge 30 yard bomb that left Joe Hart, his reputation spiraling down, agape. Liverpool had collared this match and could have easily left the Etihad with three points. Instead, it became a matter of which goalie would be more boneheaded. Pepe Reinia came out on top as he ill advisedly deserted goal to chase down Sergio Aguero, all the way to his left. The Argentinian skinned the Spaniard easily and then with an almost zero angle, no vision, showed unreal GPS swinging in his shot to the far post. In Reina's defense, Agger who was terrible defending Dzeko for the first goal, allowed too much space. But Aguero's finish was just other worldly.
What a match. Fluid, open ended play, genius goals. And as one of the commentators said, you did not want it to end. The Sturridge and Suarez partnership is clicking. Jordan Henderson shows unmistakable signs of improvement. The Reds looked stronger, fresher, and ran City to the ground. Amongst these signs of optimism, 20 year old Philippe Coutinho is to launch his Liverpool career giving fresh attacking impetus. What is there not to like?