Liverpool FC have "four big cup finals left" according to captain Steven Gerrard, after the Premier League leaders edged Manchester City FC to move a step closer to their first English crown in 24 years.
City's trip to Anfield was billed as a potential title decider and what followed was an enthralling game, with Liverpool building a two-goal lead at the break courtesy of Raheem Sterling and Martin Škrtel. Manuel Pellegrini's side responded via David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal, but, with 12 minutes remaining, Coutinho pounced on a mis-hit Vincent Kompany clearance to spark euphoria in the stands.
"It was emotional, very emotional, but we need to keep calm," said Gerrard, who led the celebrations at the final whistle. "There are still four big games to come, but that meant so much. They got back into the game and you fear the worst at that point, but I think today we showed that we are going to go to the wire. We are going to go all the way. Nothing has been won yet, but that was the biggest statement we have made so far."
It was also the Reds' tenth consecutive league win, and it leaves them two points clear at the top after second-placed Chelsea FC kept up their own challenge by seeing off Swansea City AFC 1-0. Liverpool entertain the UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in two weeks' time, but Gerrard is not looking beyond his side's trip to face Norwich City FC next Sunday. "Now we've got four big cup finals left. People say that was the biggest one, but I disagree – the biggest one is Norwich. Nothing is ours yet."
City would concur with that analysis as well, with Pellegrini insisting the race is far from over. Seven points off the summit with two games in hand, the 2011/12 champions hope to still have their say before the season reaches its climax. "I said before the game that this is not the end of the Premier League," commented the Chilean manager. "The most important thing now is about what we can do in the future.
“Liverpool now have to play again and if they win four more games and end up winning 14 straight games, then maybe they deserve to win the title. But we are going to continue fighting until the end. We play a game in hand against Sunderland on Wednesday – we also have another game to play – so if we win them we will be one point behind Liverpool and one ahead of Chelsea. A lot of things will happen between now and the end of the season."
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