Manchester City’s title bid took a blow as Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino goals gave Liverpool a 3-0 win at Anfield.
City arrived at the Anfield on the back of their Capital One Cup final penalty shoot-out win against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Wembley on Sunday, but were looking to avoid a third straight defeat in the league.
However, they were never at the races and Liverpool sealed a deserved revenge victory to move them up to seventh, while City stay fourth, a massive 10 points adrift of leaders Leicester City with a game in hand.
Liverpool dominated most of the early possession without creating any opportunities of note, while City looked like they had gone overboard in enjoying their Cup win.
The visitors did go close on 24 minutes when Jesus Navas did well down the right and his cross-shot through the legs of Nathaniel Clyne drifted wide of the far post, with Sergio Aguero unable to get himself on the end of it.
But Liverpool took the lead with a goal out of nothing on 34 minutes when Milner played the ball to Lallana 25 yards from goal, and the former Southampton man hit a low left-foot strike into the bottom corner of Joe Hart’s net.
Lallana played a part in the second Reds’ goal on 41 minutes when he back-heeled the ball inside to Firmino, who then picked out the run of Milner inside the area and the former City man coolly guided his shot past Hart and in off the upright.
City appealed for a penalty in stoppage time when Aguero sent a free header towards goal which was blocked by Milner, but it clearly came off his chest.
Liverpool came out of the traps quickly in the second half with Divock Origi forcing a decent low save from Hart at his near post with a low strike from the right of the area on 48 minutes.
They continued to threaten and went 3-0 ahead in the 57th minute when Lallana surged to the edge of the area and played in Firmino, with the Brazilian placing his effort past Hart and into the bottom corner of the net.
Two minutes later, Milner hit a sizzling first-time strike from just outside the area which Hart brilliantly tipped over his crossbar.
Liverpool almost put the icing on the cake five minutes from time with Jordon Henderson’s free kick from just outside the area curling inches wide of the post with Hart rooted to the spot.
Substitute Joe Allen then hit a dipping effort just over the top from outside the area in stoppage time.