Four games now separate Liverpool from their first ever Premiership trophy and their first League title for 24 years. If this is fate then this must be what it feels like.
Once again Liverpool came out from the bell like a raging Mike Tyson trying to land the knockout blow in the first twenty minutes. The storm raged around the City players and sure enough with a superb swivel of the hips and drop of the shoulder Raheem Sterling sold the City defence a dummy they all bought and Liverpool had the advantage that the home support were so desperately wishing for.
Steven Gerrard came closest next with Hart making a superb stop to deny the England captain. But from the resulting corner Skrtel scored his best header of the season, glancing the ball into the far corner and giving Hart no chance whatsoever.
At half time City regrouped and with the introduction of Milner came back from two goals down to begin to dominate the proceedings and it was looking more likely that they would be the victors in this titanic contest until Vincent Kompany made a horrible error slicing off the side of his boot and looping the ball up in his own penalty area.
Coutinho gratefully seized on the uncharacteristic error and steered a curling right foot shot into the bottom corner escaping Joe Hart’s despairing dive.
Cue pandemonium and Anfield became a cauldron of noise that defied City to score an equaliser.
The pre match scenes were something else to behold with the team bus being met by thousands lining the street before kick off and the rendition of “you’ll never walk alone” made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
When we think back to that December home defeat against Wolves back in 2010 and the dark days of despair under Hicks and Gillet, followed by the Hodgson disaster little could we have expected to be so close to winning the title again so soon.
A ten game winning streak is impressive enough to stand on its own, but to win the title they are probably going to have to extend that run to fourteen, which would be an amazing achievement.
Once again these are great days to be a Liverpool fan and given the performances on the pitch the fans have awoken from their slumber and begun to find their true calling.
The game against Chelsea looks like it is the pivotal game in this championship race but with games away to Norwich and Palace sandwiching it before a last hurrah against a disintegrating Newcastle side absolutely nothing can be taken for granted.
It is Liverpool’s to lose now – four cup finals stand in the way of greatness.