Liverpool took a first-half lead against Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday night, with Adam Lallana striking from distance to break the deadlock.
The Reds were left heartbroken after their defeat in the final of the Capital One Cup to City on Sunday, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side lifting the trophy after triumphing in a penalty shootout.
In turn, the game began with both sides showing plenty of determination and the odd half-chance as they threatened to find a breakthrough, but it was Lallana who finally bagged the first goal of the game.
The England international found himself in a pocket of space, and sent an ambitious effort goalwards only to see it roll into the back of the net with Joe Hart seemingly too flat-footed.
While the 28-year-old will certainly be disappointed with his inability to stop the shot, he wasn’t given much chance just before half-time as James Milner doubled the lead for the hosts.
It will come as a bitter blow for City if they come away from Anfield empty-handed, as they have slipped 10 points behind league leaders Leicester City although they hold a game in hand over the Foxes.