With Chelsea continuing their imperious form against Stoke, both Liverpool and City knew how valuable three points could be.
With the Blues leading Jurgen Klopp’s men by nine and Aguero and co. by ten, anything less than a win would be a disastrous way to end 2016.
The home side started well and got their reward quickly with Gini Wijnaldum’s bullet header putting them ahead.
8: GOOOOOOALLLLLL WIJNALDUM!!!
— LFC USA (@LFCUSA) December 31, 2016
What a header that is from Gini Wijnaldum. #LFC score from their first serious attack. Great cross from Lallana
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) December 31, 2016
Gini with a fantastic header to put the Reds ahead!? pic.twitter.com/7ObcX32fMe
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) December 31, 2016
Yes Gini!!!!! What a ball by Lallana. An unbelievable cross!
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) December 31, 2016
The remainder of the first half was uneventful in the main with neither team really threatening the opposition goal.
good half from the boys ?? #LFC
— Rxberto (@robrtoxx) December 31, 2016
— Moffa (@moffa89) December 31, 2016
Can see Guardiola leaving City before end of season. Hasn't got the bottle or tactics for the Premiership. #LIVMCI
— mark palfreyman (@PalfreymanM) December 31, 2016
Former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling was, unsurprisingly, the subject of plenty of criticism from the Kop.
Liverpool fans singing 'There’s only one greedy bastard'. In fairness that could be directed at 3 or 4 different players on the pitch.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 31, 2016
Sterling highlights from the first half, featuring Milner and Henderson. pic.twitter.com/Q2mgnqzI9e
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) December 31, 2016
Always known James Milner was a nice guy but I didn't realise how nice.
He's given Raheem Sterling an extended stay in his pocket that half
— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) December 31, 2016
City had the better of it in the opening minutes of the second half but, in truth, didn’t look all that threatening.
City look shit here yet again, could be any easy three points for the scousers #LFCMCI
— Danny J Price (@DannyJPrice) December 31, 2016
Wow man city are so shit lol
— United (@ffsPaulPogba) December 31, 2016
City are terrible. Pep should of stayed in Germany. The Premier League is and will always be a step too high for him
— Steven French (@SteveFrenchCFC) December 31, 2016
Expected lots of goals in this game but it's been AWFUL.
— Ali (@TheFabrepass) December 31, 2016
They barely registered a shot in their rather feeble search for an equaliser and Wijnaldum’s goal proved to be the winner.
Liverpool topple Manchester City in the Premier League for the fourth consecutive time! pic.twitter.com/yQFcOLe9OQ
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 31, 2016
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 31, 2016
Now to go and get drunk and pretend this never happened ?
— BlueMoonRisingTV (@BMRisingTV) December 31, 2016
— Syahir (@TheSyahirAyob) December 31, 2016
— cormacdowney (@Doberdowney) December 31, 2016
Next up for Liverpool is a potentially tricky trip to Sunderland while Guardiola’s charges will host Sean Dyche’s Burnley at the Etihad.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena