Love lift us up where we belong may well be the most appropriate song for tonight as City put two fingers up to the FA’s attempt to screw them over by placing an additional match between two more challenging ones in order to help the Red Scousers gain an advantage. As things stand their elaborate plan has heaped pressure on Klopp’s Koppites after it was evident the German was in danger of losing it over the weekend.
Goodison Park has from time to time been God’s great banana skin for City but tonight it was a stepping stone to revival which placed them in their rightful place at the top of the Premier League after goals in Fergie Time, Ole Time, whatever time you want.
Nerves and nail-biting were in abundance as the Blue Scousers attempted to help out their neighbours, but perhaps more pertinently help themselves as their recent form has been abysmal. They held their nerve until a sloppy free kick seconds before the interval allowed David Silva to float one in for Laporte to nod home using the pace of the cross.
This finally set up City’s return to the summit because in the second half they controlled the game infamously, offering Everton little sight of the City goal and when they did see the whites of the uprights Ederson was too much for them to comprehend.
And as City were seeking to see out the match another unnecessary free kick lead to De Bruyne feeding de Jesus who tried to chip Pickford unsuccessfully, but the ball spun up into a place where the immense Brazilian could nod it home just as he did at Southampton last season to secure city’s 100 points.
Only a scuffed penalty kick by Mahrez has prevented City from scoping maximum points against the Scouse offering this season and this hard-fought victory could go a long way in deciding the outcome of this season’s title race.
Neither City nor Liverpen have simple fixtures this weekend. The Blues face London’s Blues, Chelsea and Shamfield’s favourites go to Bournemouth who last week trashed Chelsea 4-0. At least the Mickey Mousers play first to show City what needs to be done.
They may have a game in hand but they catch up on Carabao Cup Final Day when they have to go to Stretford I can’t believe that for one minute United will give them the easy time they were granted at Shamfield earlier in the season.
The momentum may now be changing. My beautiful fiancée, Sue is starting to lose faith and the taxi driver that brought me home tonight, also a Liverpen fan was in similar form. I told him they were still a match in front but neither of them was having any of it. The great footballers that have so far taken them strides forward are suddenly not good enough. We thought that in 2012 a bit then one night at Wigan switched it. United lost and we demolished West Brom at home. Are Liverpen really facing their Waterloo, which is where I was dining earlier tonight.