Liverpool and Man City have pushed each other to heights that were previously thought to be unreachable in the Premier League. When they go head-to-head, the battle that ensues is unlike any other.

Last Updated: 20/06/23 at 12:31

Manchester City has risen to become a powerhouse in world football over the last 10 years, setting English football records that were before thought to be impossible to break in the modern era.

They have done this with the push of one of their local rivals, Liverpool, who themselves have built their way back up to becoming one of Europe’s elites once again.

Both sides have tested each other each season over the last 10 years. There have been many memorable matchups, some that have gone on to be decisive come the end of the season.

In preparation for what is sure to be another memorable match in the Carabao Cup 4th Round in December, here are our picks for the five best Liverpool vs Man City matches in the last 10 years.

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Liverpool 3-2 Man City | Premier League | Anfield | 13th April 2014

We kick start this list with the game that really started the proper rivalry between the two sides. This game is mainly remembered for one thing - Steven Gerrard's team talk.

At the time of this game, Liverpool were staring their first Premier League title in the face. Top of the league going into matchday 34, two points over second place Chelsea and four over Man City.

On the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, Liverpool fought hardest to get the vital victory.

They started off the better team, finding an early goal from future City star Raheem Sterling. They doubled their lead through defender Martin Skrtel midway through the first half and carried that 2-0 lead into the break.

City then came back early in the second, getting their first goal from club legend and real-life wizard David Silva, then levelling the game five minutes through an own goal from Glen Johnson.

The thrilling contest only got better when Liverpool found the lead once more, this time an error from City captain Vincent Kompany gifting the ball to Phillipe Coutinho who buried the ball into the back of the net to give his side the lead with just over 10 minutes to go.

The remainder of the game was a real edge of your seat affair, but the Reds were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory.

After the game, Liverpool captain and legend Steven Gerrard called the whole team in for a team talk, where he attempted to motivate his brothers in arms. The cameras caught some of the speech, including the now iconic line “we don’t let this slip, we go again!”

Ironically, two weeks later, up against title challengers Chelsea, Gerrard literally slipped and gifted a goal to the Blues at Anfield, who went on to win 2-0 in that game. In the end, despite being so close to glory, Liverpool lost the league by two points… to Man City.

Man City 1-4 Liverpool | Premier League | Etihad | 21st November 2015

Jurgen Klopp had assumed the position of Liverpool manager just a month earlier. Man City, at the time led by Manuel Pellegrini, weren’t the all-dominating team they are now but were still one of the league’s best.

The Reds had started the season with Brendan Rodgers as manager and were looking very lackluster. This game proved that this would no longer be the case under their new leader.

It was a fantastic first half performance from Liverpool, who had the game essentially wrapped up by half-time.

Goals from Coutinho and Roberto Firmino followed an early own-goal from City’s Eliaquim Mangala gave Liverpool three before half time, while Sergio Aguero was able to get one back before the half to make it 3-1 to Liverpool at the break.

City were completely unable to keep up with the Reds, and eventually the away side found the fourth through Skrtel.

A dominant display from an improved Liverpool side, and an embarrassing loss at home for City.

Liverpool 4-3 Man City | Premier League | Anfield | 14th January 2018

The 2017/18 season saw Man City at quite possible their very best. This year saw them break numerous, most notably 100 points in a season and a record 106 goals scored.

Prior to this game, City were sitting at the top of the league by a big margin, having gone unbeaten until this point.

Liverpool were playing their first game after losing Coutinho to Barcelona, but that proved to not impact them all that much.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got the scoring started within 10 minutes, and it took City until shortly before half-time to equalise, with a goal from Leroy Sane bringing the game level. And that was it for the first half, 1-1 on the scoreboard, still anyone's game.

The second half started off slowly, but suddenly it all changed. Liverpool found three goals in ten minutes to stun City, with their magical front three of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino all netting to go 4-1 up.

City left it late to start clawing back into the game, with a goal from Bernardo Silva five minutes from the end and one more from Ilkay Gundogan in injury time not enough to help salvage a point.

Liverpool had become the first team to best City that season, although it did little to stop what was already inevitable. City would go on to take the league title with ease.

The Reds, on the other hand, would go on to finish 4th in the league, but would make the Champions League final, unfortunately losing out to Real Madrid.

Man City 2-1 Liverpool | Premier League | Etihad | 3rd January 2019

A year on from the game in the last entry, City and Liverpool met again, this time in different circumstances as it was the Reds this time who were unbeaten in the league up to this point.

While Liverpool were top of the league, City were hanging on with them, but knew anything less than a victory in this game would make things very difficult to come back from.

The game was packed full of action, with both sides challenging hard for the victory.

City struck first through Sergio Aguero late into the first half and kept that lead into the break.

Liverpool equalised mid way through the second half to put things back in the balance. However, that lasted all of eight minutes as City went ahead once again, this time through Sane.

They proceeded to defend mightily against the aggression of the visiting side, who were throwing everything they had at Pep Guardiola’s men.

City held on for the important win, ruining Liverpool’s hopes of an invincible season. It would end up as the Reds only loss of the season.

Despite that fact, they still ended up losing out on the title once more to City, who would take the title by just a mere one point.

Man City 5-0 Liverpool | Premier League | Etihad | 9th September 2017

Man City and Liverpool met early into the 2017/18 season, and the outcome of the matchup proved to be a precursor of what to expect from the Citizens for the season.

City were simply unstoppable in this match, as they thrashed 10-man Liverpool with a dominant display, taking every advantage that they could.

Aguero got the goalscoring started midway through the first half. Shortly after came a big moment in the game, as a collision between Liverpool’s Mane and City keeper Ederson left the Brazilian stopper having to come off with a facial injury and Mane sent off for the high challenge that caused it.

City sought to exploit the wounded Liverpool, finding their second goal in the dying moments of the first half thanks to Gabriel Jesus.

They started the second half quick, putting another past the Reds courtesy of Jesus once more.

The fourth goal came some time later through Sane, who then applied the final touches to his sides masterpiece with his second and the sides fifth goal in injury time.

The result showed everyone in the league that City meant business. They would go on to do a domestic double, emphatically winning the league and picking up the Carabao Cup along the way as well.

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