Manchester City and Liverpool are arguably the two best teams in the world right now, thanks in part to the talent of their respective managers but also because of the sheer quality of their players.
Because of that, it’s a fixture that has delivered some unbelievable goals over the years, even when the two teams weren’t competing in the Premier League title race. Sunday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium is sure to be a nervy affair for both sets of supporters, but with the talent on display, there should still be a lot to enjoy. Here are five of the best goals City have scored against Liverpool in recent times.
Sergio Aguero – February 3, 2013
For sheer technical skill, quick thinking and audacity, you could make the argument that this was Sergio Aguero’s best goal in sky blue. With City already lagging behind Manchester United in the title race, the Blues found themselves 2-1 down to Liverpool thanks to a Steven Gerrard wonder-strike. Kun was never one to be outdone though, was he?
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Five minutes later the Argentine latched onto a ball over the top, but he was forced well wide of goal by a rather too eager to get involved Pepe Reina. No matter – as he approached the byline Aguero suddenly swiveled his hips and stroked the ball towards goal from a near-impossible angle, falling on his backside and looking up just in time to see it sneak into the far corner. An incredible goal from an incredible player.
Kiki Musampa – April 9, 2005
I might be saying this while wearing rose-tinted spectacles, but Kiki Musampa was dynamite. He might not have brought much of a goals return, but he was the kind of exciting winger that City just didn’t really have (bar Shaun Wright-Phillips).
The Dutch youth international spent 18 months on loan at City between January 2005 and June 2006, and when Liverpool came to town 46 days before they won the Champions League in Istanbul, he scored a cracking last-minute winner.
With injury-time looming and City hoping to stay in contention for UEFA Cup qualification, Lee Croft swung in a cross from the right and Musampa, racing in at the edge of the box, stuck out his left boot without breaking stride and guided the ball past Scott Carson. It was a remarkable piece of skill, but most importantly it gave Stuart Pearce his first win as City boss since replacing Kevin Keegan a few weeks earlier.
Sergio Aguero – January 3, 2019
Who doesn’t love a good rifled shot into the top corner from City’s best-ever striker? That 2-1 win against Liverpool in early 2019 is best remembered for John Stones’ incredible goalline clearance, but it should be remembered that Aguero gave City the lead with a typically stunning strike.
After going to ground in the box after contact from Virgil van Dijk, Aguero took his time getting up and in doing so lulled the defenders into a false sense of security. Before they knew it Kun had nipped in front of Dejan Lovren, where he took one touch to kill Bernardo Silva’s cross before rifling the ball into the top corner of Alisson’s goal.
Phil Foden – February 7, 2021
It took almost 18 years, but in February 2021 City finally beat Liverpool at Anfield. An emphatic 4-1 win put City well on their way to winning the title, with a virtuoso display from Phil Foden largely to thank.
The City youngster terrorized the hosts playing as a false-nine, assisting Ilkay Gundogan’s opener and capping his evening with a stunning goal. After moving out to the right wing late in the game, he cut inside and lashed a rocket into the top far corner to compound Liverpool’s misery.
Leroy Sane – September 9, 2017
It’s easy to dismiss City’s 5-0 demolition of Liverpool early in the 2017/18 campaign as a fluke, as the visitors had to play with 10 men for 55 minutes thanks to Sadio Mane’s red card. However, there were still some excellent goals scored, not least Leroy Sane’s in injury time.
With Liverpool already four goals down and a few seconds of stoppage time remaining, the German collected the ball at the corner of the box, opened his body and curled a beautiful arcing effort into the top corner. It was perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing yet unnecessary goal ever seen at the Etihad.
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