Whenever you have, coming into today's games, six teams within six points of the league leaders, nearly every week will bring a matchup that seems like the Game of the Season. But while many of those earlier competitions ended up being cagey affairs with both sides playing to avoid defeat, today's Manchester City vs. Liverpool match really felt like two teams at peak form fighting for the right to be called the best in the league.
This was probably the best game outside of the Champions League knockout rounds we've seen in a long time. Liverpool was enjoying it's place at the top of the league for the first time this year after a fairly surprising first half of the season. The start has been fueled by Luis Suarez's leap from great player to unreal one. Scoring 19 goals before Christmas to tie the highest total ever in the Premier League in that span tends to do that for a club.
So the unstoppable force that is Suarez and Liverpool was to meet the immovable object that is Manchester City at home. As we noted earlier this season, City at home are a completely different side than they are away. Coming into the game, though, they had won four of their last five, three of those five being two wins and a draw away from the Etihad. The team was starting to look more like the consistent title favorites many expected them to be from the start.