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Premier League 100 club: Where Man City's goals have come from compared to Liverpool's

Published 08/05/2014 | 11:39

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Yaya Toure's goalscoring form has put him in the running for the Premier League's Player of the Year award
Yaya Toure's goalscoring form has been incredible this season

Yaya Toure scored Manchester City's 100th league goal of the season to all but wrap up the trophy. Here's how the goals have gone in this season compared to rivals Liverpool.

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The sight of Yaya Toure rampaging through Aston Villa's defence to score Manchester City's fourth and Manuel Pellegrini's side's 100th league goal this season has all but ended Liverpool's dream of lifting a first Premier League crown.

For all talk of how Liverpool have benefited from coming out of the traps, leaping on their opponents and getting their noses in front in the opening 15 minutes, it is surprising to see that City have actually scored more goals from the off compared to Brendan Rodgers's side.

City, meanwhile, have also become the Premier League masters of scoring vital late goals, netting a crucial 23 times in the final quarter, nine goals more than Liverpool.

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While Liverpool have relied on their 'SAS' frontline of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who have contributed 52 goals this campaign, Toure tops City's goalscoring chart with 20 - three more than Sergio Aguero who remains an injury doubt for the season finale against West Ham.

City have shared their 100 goals among 14 players this season, with vital contributions from midfielders David Silva, Samir Nasri and Fernandinho, while Liverpool have shared their 99 goals among 12 players with defender Martin Skrtel chipping in with seven.

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Martin Skrtel's goals have been crucial to Liverpool

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Yaya Toure has been Man City's most potent attacking force

Manchester City have also scored more goals from outside the box (79) than Liverpool (69) while Rodgers's side have scored three more penalties than City with 10 and have scored six goals from a free-kick, double City's amount.

Liverpool have also headed home four more goals than City but City have had their goal ratio slightly boosted by five own goals in comparison to Liverpool's four.

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