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Chelsea's iconic skipper John Terry played a pivotal role in helping his side win the Capital One Cup today, scoring the opening goal as the Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Final at Wembley.

Terry also had a good outing at the heart of defence, keeping Tottenham's young striker Harry Kane comfortably at bay, also leaving experienced goalie Petr Cech with little to do as Spurs could only manage 2 efforts on target all game.

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Jose Mourinho's wait for a trophy in his second spell as Chelsea Manager is finally over with the Blues beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Final of the Capital One Cup earlier today.

Tottenham bossed the ball for most of the game, however, they only really looked the better side in the early exchanges with Christian Eriksen unfortunate to see his freekick cannon back into play off the woodwork. In fairness to veteran Petr Cech in goal, the Chelsea keeper appeared to have the effort covered had it been a tad lower.

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Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers was left singing the praises of his players after they scripted a thrilling 2-1 win against Manchester City at Anfield today.

The Reds, who arrived in the country only on Friday morning after a UEFA Europa League misadventure in Turkey, shrugged off their penalty shootout defeat and produced a memorable performance against a Manchester City side that weren't at their best today.

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Liverpool skipper in waiting Jordan Henderson was in a delighted mood when he took on the press after beating Manchester City 2-1 at Anfield today.

Henderson scored the opening goal of the game and was proud of his strike, telling Sky Sports, "It was just a break and Raheem found us. I took a touch and thought: 'Have a go.' Thankfully it went in."

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Liverpool continued their incredible unbeaten run in 2015, beating reigning Premier League champions Manchester City 2-1 at Anfield to make a massive difference at the top of the League standings.

Curling efforts from Jordan Henderson and Phillipe Coutinho in each half were just about enough to beat Joe Hart as the Reds outworked and outhustled Manchester City to get the better of the champions. Edin Dzeko had brought City back on level terms midway through the first half after lashing home expertly from Sergio Aguero's perfect pass, but the little Argentine failed to make the most of the chances that came his way hitting the post once and failing to hit the target twice from close range on a day when a different pair of shooting boots could have earned his side a hat-trick.

Manchester City came into this game unchanged from the side that beat Newcastle United 5-0 last weekend, while Liverpool welcomed Jordan Henderson back from his ankle injury and Coutinho from his midweek break. Daniel Sturridge dropped to the bench after playing 105 minutes on Thursday with Raheem Sterling leading the line.

The first half of the match was a thrill a minute ride with City bossing possession, but Liverpool looking deadlier on the counter attack.

Henderson tore the roof off Anfield by putting the Reds ahead in the 11th minute with a curling effort from distance that found the top corner. City were guilty of conceding possession and not closing down the man on the ball, and Henderson made them pay with a strike that would have made Steven Gerrard proud.

Liverpool didn't have the lead for very long though as Sergio Aguero produced a thread of a needle pass to find Edin Dzeko inside the box, and the big Bosnian showed good composure to finish well.

Both teams had chances to take the lead in an action packed first half, but both defences stood firm to keep the marauding attackers at bay.

Aguero had a terrific chance to put City in front early in the second half, but his header from a Pablo Zabaleta cross crept over the crossbar.

Back up the other end, Adam Lallana had the ball in the back of the net for a second time in the game, only to have the assistant's flag to rightly rule out another goal for the former Southampton star.

Phillipe Coutinho, who scored the match-winner between these two sides here last season, put his name in the headlines once again by replicating Henderson's effort from the first half, once again shooting past Joe Hart and finding the top corner.

Sergio Aguero and David Silva had half-chances to draw City level, but failed to force a save out of Simon Mignolet, while Daniel Sturridge missed an even easier chance to make the game safe for Liverpool.

It didn't matter in the long run though as Liverpool held on to notch up a crucial win which takes them to 48 points for the season, level with fourth placed Arsenal, who play Everton later today. City meanwhile still find themselves 5 points shy of league leaders Chelsea, who now also have a game in hand.

Teams:

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Henderson, Allen, Moreno (K Toure 82'), Markovic (Sturridge 79'), Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling.

Subs: K Toure, Lambert, Sturridge, Borini, Balotelli, Williams, Ward.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Mangala, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernandinho (Bony 79'), Yaya Toure, Silva, Nasri (Lampard 82'), Dzeko (Milner 58'), Aguero.

Subs: Fernando, Milner, Caballero, Bony, Lampard, Clichy, Demichelis.

Final Score: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City (Henderson 11', Dzeko 25', Coutinho 75')

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After disappointing results in midweek for both Liverpool and Manchester City, the two Premier League heavyweights collide at Anfield, looking to make crucial strides in their quest for domestic glory.

The last time these two sides met at Anfield, the Premier League title was up for grabs and Liverpool beat Man City in a thriller. A lot has changed in a year though with Man City now chasing Chelsea in an attempt to retain their title, while Liverpool are themselves in the midst of a great run of form as they attempt to hunt down the fourth and final Champions League spot.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is understood to be contemplating tabling a massive £80m bid for Juventus ace Paul Pogba, as an alternative to Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, according to reports in the press.

Schneiderlin, who has been a target for the north Londoners for quite a while now, has already hinted of his desire to move away from his current club should an opportunity present itself. However, the Gunners were recently shocked following reports of Barcelona also showcasing an interest in the player.

 

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