Manchester City and Liverpool continued their breathtaking battle for the Premier League title as they both secured vital wins over Crystal Palace and Chelsea respectively on Sunday.
The Citizens got the ball rolling in the afternoon, registering a rather straightforward 3-1 win at Selhurst Park, sending them ahead of Liverpool in the table. A brace from Raheem Sterling and a late strike from Gabriel Jesus sealed the deal, though Pep Guardiola’s side were given a brief scare late on when Luka Milivojevic scored with a pin-point free kick.
Sterling stole the show for City – not for the first time this season – and plenty were understandably singing the forward’s praises. He could have even bagged a hat trick, but he somehow managed to miss an absolute sitter during the opening exchanges. We can’t all be perfect, I suppose.
Raheem Sterling with the miss of the season after it was lad on a plate by Silva #MCFC
— Stuart Brennan (@StuBrennanMEN) April 14, 2019
If you’re lucky enough to get away with it the first time round, don’t let this guy have another chance because he will make you pay!
⚽️ 20 Goals in all competitions now for Sterling this season! ⚽️#CRYMCI pic.twitter.com/bJhhYIr5Yi
— 90min (@90min_Football) April 14, 2019
As for Palace, they gave themselves a glimmer of hope for all of about five minutes when Milivojevic found the back of the net. His free-kick was rather impressive, but the focus was entirely on the fact that his goal somehow didn’t come from a trademark penalty.
Wait, the Milivojevic goal is not a PK?
— ♣مَرْضِيًّا♣ (@el_pherooq) April 14, 2019
1 – Luka Milivojevic became the first player in Premier League history to score a penalty from 22 yards.
— RedNBlueArmy.co.uk (@RedNBlueArmy1) April 14, 2019
Wait, Milivojevic can score goals that aren’t penalties? #CRYMCI
— Declan Harte (@CheesyHartePun) April 14, 2019
City’s win meant that the pressure was back on Liverpool to avoid slipping up (had to be done) at Anfield against Chelsea.
The Reds initially struggled, but goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s side would finish the day back at the top of the Premier League table.
After a difficult few months where Salah had managed to do the square root of nothing in front of goal, the Egyptian was in fine form on this occasion, scoring an incredible goal to silence his critics, leaving plenty in absolute awe.
My goodness, Mohamed Salah. My. Goodness.
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) April 14, 2019
Sky Sports talking about the left-back being at fault for Salah’s goal. That is a dry, dry, dry way to live your life, lads.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) April 14, 2019
No player has scored more goals in the Premier League this season than Mo Salah, now he officially goes from a one season wonder to a two season wonder.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) April 14, 2019
Finally, spare a moment for Eden Hazard, who looks to have taken on the curse that had been weighing down Salah for the last few months. The Belgian forward struggled to exert any sort of influence on the game and had two glorious chances to drag Chelsea back into the match – which he somehow managed to waste.
Maybe a move to Real Madrid wouldn’t be so much of a bad thing after all…right?
A second great miss from Hazard! Can’t believe some people say he’s the best in the EPL!
— ⚽ BHAFC Wyatt ⚽️ (@BHAFCWyatt) April 14, 2019
Hazard laughing and joking with Salah after a Chelsea defeat at Anfield… oh my
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) April 14, 2019
Hazard bottling this in the big games again. Worldies against West Ham Belgian Nathen Redmond when it matters
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) April 14, 2019