Liverpool crush Man City

2011-04-12 06:48

London - England striker Andy Carroll scored his first goals for Liverpool with a double in a 3-0 defeat of fourth-placed Manchester City on Monday to maintain their faint hopes of Champions League football next season.

Carroll, the most expensive English player after his 35 million pound ($57.28 million) transfer from Newcastle in January, lashed in the opener from the edge of the box after 13 minutes and added his second shortly after Dirk Kuyt's strike.

City's first half went from bad to worse after striker and captain Carlos Tevez hobbled off with a hamstring injury and is set to miss the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Saturday.

Kuyt slotted the ball neatly into the net on 34 minutes before Carroll's second, a header from a Raul Meireles cross, left Liverpool in sixth place on 48 points with six games remaining. City remain fourth on 56 points from 32 matches.

"The fans have been fantastic ever since I've been here," a beaming Carroll, who made his debut against United on March 6 after a long spell out with injury, told Sky Sports.

Fellow forward Kuyt said the signing of Carroll and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in January had made a huge difference to Liverpool.

"It makes it a lot easier if you get more quality in the team," the Netherlands forward said.

"We were very happy with the signings of Andy and Luis and I think you can already see the quality."

Liverpool will now seek to beat Tottenham to fifth place, and possibly even City to fourth, though Kuyt said the task would be a difficult one.

"We like to look up to fifth place. I know it's very difficult but we have to try," he said.

An apologetic Roberto Mancini said his team would put the defeat out of their minds ahead of the FA Cup derby, Man City's last realistic chance of silverware this season.

"It's important to forget this and we prepare for the semi-final," the Italian said.

"Tonight I made a mistake, it's my fault. I'm very sorry for the fans.

"We conceded a lot of chances in the first 20 minutes, after that we played."


  • Bob - 2011-04-12 08:18

    Fantastic team performance, thought the young Flanagan and Spearing did particularly well, I thought Andy Carroll was overpriced at 35 million but when you look at his performance and what we sold Torres for he looks like a bargain, much more effort and team player than Torres ever showed, I think you bought the wrong player Chavs, onwards and upwards Liverpool, now get KK signed up.

      TRUE Red - 2011-04-12 13:11

      Well said Bob. Before, this game I had my doubts due to the injury crisis - missing 4 key player's when you have a thin squad, against tough opposition is not exactly ideal. BUT the way they played it - BREATHTAKING ! 18 year old Flanno made Milner look obselete, and who have have thought young little Spearing would be bossing Yaya Toure ! He was like a little bull terrier last night ! If the likes of Kuyt & Lucas could play like this every game instead of just the big ones, imagine ... Lastly, will SOMEBODY give the King the contract already !? WTF ?! We have looked like the REAL LFC in many games since his return, especially against the manc's, chelski, etc

      jono-templer - 2011-04-13 16:15

      Carrol was the best buy.

  • LACER8 - 2011-04-12 08:38

    Thanks Liverpool for opening the door for Spurs...Well played

  • FactFile - 2011-04-12 08:41

    Nice one 'Pool.. I liked the signing of Carroll and Suarez from the beginning.. Hope we can make it to the top 4, though I think that is far fetched. Let's just build on!!! RED4LIFE

  • Keenan - 2011-04-12 11:42

    Well done to the mighty Red Army. Next, Spurs and Arsenal!

  • thundyr - 2011-04-12 13:07

    Police arrested Flanagan after the game for having 75m pounds of Manchester City FC's transfer budget in his pocket.

  • Innocent - 2011-04-12 18:37

    We wil never walk alone

  • jono-templer - 2011-04-13 16:16

    what happened to Gerrard?

  • Giggstona - 2011-04-13 20:08

    Lovely Liverpool, now please beat Arsenal!

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