Phillippe Coutinho belts Liverpool into top 4 and dents Manchester City’s title hopes

Jaideep Vaidya

Phillippe Coutinho scored his second wonder goal in seven days as Liverpool stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 matches with a 2-1 win over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

Eleven months ago, the corresponding fixture last season was a battle between two teams slugging it out for the title.

Even back then, it was the Brazilian Coutinho’s strike that decided a humdinger at Anfield as City fought back from two goals down, only to concede the winner with 12 minutes to go.

The situation in terms of the league table wasn’t so similar prior to the start of Sunday’s game.

Liverpool were in sixth position and involved in the scrap for Champions League football with Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, while City were still in the title race, but five points behind leaders Chelsea.

With Chelsea involved in the Capital One Cup final…

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