NOTHING will top Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal here against QPR in 2012.
Even so, Leroy Sane is running it a close second.
Reuters25 Leroy Sane kept Manchester City's title dream alive by firing them to victory over Liverpool
Reuters25 The City star struck with 18 minutes left to close the gap on the Prem leaders to just four points
Have Sane of that.
He brought the house down, with 50,000 Manchester City fans daring to dream it is all on after his sensational winner.
The title race is back on.
The best player on the pitch – by quite some distance – deserved that goal.
Reuters25 Robert Firmino heads home Liverpool's equaliser after meeting Andy Robertson's cross
Getty25 The Brazilian dived at full-stretch to head home from close-range
Manchester City FC – Getty25 Sergio Aguero smashed City in to the lead just moments before the half time interval
Getty Images – Getty25 The Argentine has scored in all seven of his Prem appearances for City at home to Liverpool
So too did City, softening Liverpool up after Roberto Firmino equalised 64 minutes into this belting game.
Liverpool’s ten point lead, the advantage that convinced everyone they had it sewn up when they beat Arsenal 5-1 on December 30, is now just four.
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This is Liverpool’s first defeat in the Premier League, beaten by the brilliance of Sane after Raheem Sterling put him through on goal 18 minutes from the end.
This goal changes everything.
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They are right in the thick of it again, overtaking Tottenham and reminding Jurgen Klopp that they want to keep hold of their trophy.
The next four months will be gripping.
This was City’s night, with belief sweeping round the place after an edgy opening spell.
There was so much anxiety around the place, so many nerves. So much riding on it.
Alisson, James Milner, Vinny Kompany, David Silva even, all made uncharacteristic errors in those opening minutes.
PA:Press Association25 Dejan Lovren sends Sergio Aguero tumbling during the pulsating top of the table showdown
AFP25 Vincent Kompany pleads his innocence after he was penalised for a foul on Mo Salah
Getty25 Virgil van Dijk was unable to help Liverpool record another clean sheet
Reuters25 Andy Robertson celebrates in front of the Liverpool supporters after providing the assist for the equaliser
Then it threatened to get ugly, with Fernandinho taking retribution on Alex Robertson after Jordan Henderson’s nibble at Raheem Sterling.
Dejan Lovren inevitably made his way into the book, clipping Aguero as he sprinted past the Liverpool defender.
Kompany joined him, launching himself through the air to nail Mo Salah before adding some verbals for good measure.
Moments later the City captain showed his true class, dispossessing the Liverpool forward when he was hovering around the penalty area.
By then, Liverpool really believed they should have been in front after Salah put Sadio Mane through.
PA:Empics Sport25 A dejected Alisson looks on after being beaten by Aguero's vicious opener
Reuters25 Pep Guardiola urges on his City side during the first half at The Etihad
PA:Press Association25 Liverpool ace Sadio Mane pats City rival Fernandinho on the head during the heat of battle
AFP25 Mane watches on agonisingly as his strike cannons back off the post
He beat Ederson with ease, but his effort smacked the base of the post and out to John Stones.
The City defender tried to clear, booting the ball against Ederson and rebounding towards an empty net.
Remarkably Stones got back in time to clear when it seemed goalline technology would help Liverpool out within seconds.
Instead, City were spared.
Then they stepped it up, pinning Liverpool in their own half as City’s technicians went to work.
The way people have been talking about Virgil van Dijk of late you would think he was better than Beckenauer, Moore, Maldini and Cannavaro put together.
He was nervous as a kitten when he skied a clearance out for a corner in the minutes before City went in front
They got there after 41 minutes, with Aguero smashing his 250th career league goal beyond Alisson from the tightest of angles on the left.
Reuters25 John Stones produced a stunning goal-line clearance to keep it 0-0 in the first half
Sky Sports25 His clearance deflected off his own goalkeeper and looked to be going in before he scrambled it clear
Sky Sports25 This was how close City were to conceding a calamitous own goal
He was holding up seven fingers as he sprinted away, taunting the hordes of travelling Liverpool fans after scoring against them yet again.
Aguero loves playing them, certainly at home, after scoring for the seventh time against them in a Premier League game at the Etihad.
This was his most important.
There will be an inquest into Aguero’s attempt to win a penalty in the build up, going down easily when van Dijk breathed on him.
That move started when Sane, outstanding in a City shirt all night, rinsed Lovren down the left.
When the ball popped out to Bernardo Silva, the City midfielder set up the chance for Aguero to put them ahead.
He did not fail them.
Getty Images25 Jordan Henderson crunches in to a tackle with City star Leroy Sane
Getty Images – Getty25 Liverpool fans felt Vincent Kompany should have seen red for his challenge on Mo Salah in the first half
Getty Images – Getty25 Fernandinho is shown a yellow card after another foul on Mo Salah
AFP25 Jurgen Klopp barks out the orders to his Liverpool team from the touchline
Klopp made his first change, with James Milner’s fading legs sacrificed in favour of Fabinho just 12 minutes into the second half.
They grew into the game, with Ederson getting down well to block Firmino’s effort after 63 minutes.
Less than 60 seconds later, he had them level.
Trent Alexander-Arnold pinged a diagonal pass out to Robertson out on the left.
Danilo could not cut it out and the Liverpool full-back sent the sweetest of volleys into Firmino’s head.
He arrived unmarked, scoring the equalising goal that would have kept them seven points clear of City.
Klopp reacted, taking a water bottle out of his jacket and shaking it violently as he celebrated his strike.
On May 12, when Liverpool host Wolves in the final game, he could be spraying champagne around the place.
It is on ice for now because Sane turned match-winner for City.
Reuters25 Jurgen Klopp's side remain four points ahead of Pep Guardiola's men
AP:Associated Press25 Pep Guardiola receives a stern telling off from the referee after a furious reaction on the touchline
EPA25 Leroy Sane inflicted a first Prem defeat of the season on Liverpool
Manchester City FC – Getty25 The German star has reignited the title race with his dramatic winner
He worked tirelessly, trusted by Pep to do a job for him down the left.
His defensive work was exceptional, setting the tone for team-mates when he nicked the ball off Trent Alexander-Arnold at the start of the second half.
His best work, by far, was the winner.
He kept his composure, reading Sterling’s pass before bounding on and tucking the winner beyond Alisson.
Liverpool came back for more, with Salah trying to draw them level with an effort six minutes from time.
Ederson got a touch on it, sending it away for a corner as City tried to see this game out.
They got there, ending Liverpool’s impressive 20 game unbeaten run to an end on this raucous night.
Undoubtedly, this one belonged to City.
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