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Where and when? 

Premier League

City 2-1 Liverpool

Etihad Stadium, 26 December 2003 


City came from behind to claim a crucial win in the Premier League title race.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the Reds, after Raheem Sterling had collected Luis Suarez’s flick on and rounded Joe Hart, allowing the Brazilian to slot into an empty net.

Skipper Vincent Kompany levelled the score, losing his marker and heading David Silva’s corner home, before the Blues turned the game on its head in first-half stoppage time.

Alvaro Negredo tried his luck with a lofted attempt which Simon Mignolet failed to keep out.

UP UP AND AWAY: Kompany rises to the top to score against Liverpool in December 2013

What it meant

The victory ensured City moved to within one point of league leaders Arsenal. The Blues had 38 points – one more than Chelsea and two more than fourth-placed Liverpool.

The Reds would have gone top with a victory, on goal difference.



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Reaction: Manuel Pellegrini

“It’s important that we showed the personality to come from behind to win the game - it’s not easy when you face such a difficult team, especially when you’re on the counter and you’re losing 1-0, it’s easy to give up space and leave gaps but we played very well.”

Reaction: Vincent Kompany

Reaction: Pablo Vabaleta

Image of the game

TRYING HIS LUCK AND SUCCEEDING: Negredo scores from long range against Liverpool in 2013

Negredo seals the deal!