Last season, Liverpool had won 11 straight through late April and, with just three games left in the season, needed just six points to put the title away. As we now know, the Reds choked away the title by losing to Chelsea and then, incredibly, gave up a 3-0 lead to Crystal Palace to draw 3-3 and effectively end their title hopes. Suarez cried. Manchester City won the title. It was something else.
Monday was Liverpool’s chance for vengeance against the team that yanked the rug out from under them in Manchester City. Only the game was at the Etihad in Manchester, and Liverpool didn’t really show up in the final third. City won 3-1.
This was probably the game’s greatest moment. Just 23 seconds after subbing on, Aguero latched onto a gorgeous long ball from Jesus Navas and, with his second touch of the game, pushed home City’s third for a 3-0 lead. Liverpool scored one late, but that moment was as appropriate a microcosm as any for this game. Liverpool being old Liverpool.