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Premier League • Day 8
  • 2nd Half
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Wijnaldum
  • SterlingSané
  • FirminoSturridge
  • AgüeroJesus
  • Mendy
  • Agüero
  • 1st Half
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • MilnerKeïta
  • Silva

Liverpool - Manchester City
Premier League - 7 October 2018

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  • End of 2nd Half

FT: Liverpool 0-0 Man City. Mahrez's penalty miss lets the Reds off the hook as the two sides share the spoils. City stay top on goal difference ahead of Chelsea (second) and Liverpool (third).

Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City reacts after a missed chance during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on October 7, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

It's looking like City, Chelsea and Liverpool will all have 20 points from eight games played. Tight at the top.


Three minutes added.

  • Georginio Wijnaldum
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Wijnaldum booked.


Liverpool suddenly have their tails up after that reprieve.


A penny for Aguero's thoughts right now? He would have been the man to take that penalty if he had still been on the field.


Massive let off for Liverpool.


PENALTY MISS! Mahrez hammers his spot kick way over the crossbar.


PENALTY TO CITY! Sane bursts into the left side of the box and is brought down by van Dijk.


STAT: Liverpool haven't lost in 13 home league games against the other established top-six sides.


Mane overruns the ball after cutting in from the left but then takes a forearm into the neck from Fernandinho. City look to get away with that.


City looking the more likely to conjure up a winner.... but you obviously can't rule out Liverpool finding a late strike in front of the Kop.


Are we heading for the first goalless draw between these sides at Anfield since 1986 - or will there be late drama?


Another superb tackle from Lovren after he was faced with another one-on-one with Jesus.


Gomez marauds up the right and digs out a decent cross that Sturridge nods on target, but can't get enough power on to trouble Ederson.


Jesus bamboozles Lovren on the left of the area and then seems to catch an arm in the face from the defender. The referee doesn't feel there's enough in it to give a penalty.

  • Leroy Sané
    OffRaheem SterlingManchester CityCITY CHANGE: Sane on for Sterling.
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CITY CHANGE: Sane on for Sterling.


Alisson tips Mahrez's disguised low shot past his near post after the keeper had initially got fingertips on a rasping cross from the left.


What. A. Tackle. City break at pace. It's 3 v 2 as Jesus races at Lovren, but the Croatian defender slides in and wins the ball cleanly. Superb.


Van Dijk with an important challenge to deny Jesus in the area after a devilish low ball from the left appeared to be perfect for the Brazilian to get under control.

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LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Firmino off, Sturridge on.


Mane tries to wriggle free on the left of the area, but he can't find space and City move it clear.


Sturridge being readied for Liverpool.


Salah races on to Robertson's raking ball into the left channel. He gets there ahead of Laporte but fires a rising effort wide into the Kop with Ederson seemingly stranded way off his line.


Salah curves it deep towards the far post - but it's too deep in the end. Ederson did seem to come for it and misjudge the flight but he got away with it as it flew behind.


Fernandinho is lucky to escape a caution after upending Gomez on the right.

  • Gabriel Jesus
    OffSergio AgüeroManchester CityMAN CITY CHANGE: Aguero off, Jesus on.
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MAN CITY CHANGE: Aguero off, Jesus on.


Gomez sees a miss-hit volley deflect to safety after Henderson's free kick from the right was nodded into his path 25 yards from goal.

  • Benjamin Mendy
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Mendy booked for tugging back Salah.


Liverpool respond. Gomez cuts it back for Salah who curves a left-foot effort straight into the arms of Ederson.


Robertson guilty of giving the ball away cheaply and Mahrez comes again. He surges into the right side of the area but sees his shot from a narrowing angle well saved by Alisson.


CLOSE! Mahrez makes a super diagonal run from the right to latch onto a through pass, sweep beyond Robertson and drill just wide of the far post.


City scream for a penalty as Sterling's high corner appears to hit van Dijk on the arm. However, the referee is having none of it as Fernandinho was fouling the Liverpool man as he jumped.


City have their fifth corner of the evening on the right. Sterling set to take it as he tries to block out the boos.


Fernandinho takes aim from 30 yards and then wishes he didn't. It's a contender for worst shot of the season as it balloons well wide of Alisson's goal.


DID YOU KNOW? City could lose four times against the same team within a calendar year for just the third time ever. Grimsby (1936) and Tottenham (1993) achieved that feat in the past.

  • Sergio Agüero
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Aguero booked for a late tackle on Henderson.


City try the high ball to the left from a central free kick routine again, but Firmino does enough to guide away Laporte's header across goal.


Liverpool carve City open down the left. Firmino seizes upon a deflected ball and tries to cut it back towards Mane and Salah, but City just about get it clear after it bobbled around dangerously.


Robertson's cross towards Salah and Firmino skims off a Man City boot and flies out of the area on the right side. That could have gone anywhere.


Liverpool have started on the front foot but it's certainly not the high energy, all-out pressing that was scaring City right at the start of the match.


STAT: Liverpool have scored in each of the last 24 league games with City at Anfield. The last time they failed to find the net was in a goalless draw in August 1986.


Gomez finds himself with space to shoot 25 yards from goal, but takes too long pulling the trigger and sees his shot blocked.


Will Salah have a big say in this half? He looked lively in the first period and has scored in 14 of his last 16 competitive starts at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool runs with the ball under pressure from Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on October 7, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom

An interesting observation.


So, was that disappointing first half the clam before the storm? It can only get better from here....surely...

  • 2nd Half

KICK OFF! Liverpool restart the contest attacking the Kop end.

  • End of 1st Half

HT: Liverpool 0-0 Man City. Both sides guilty of sloppiness in a first half lacking any real goalmouth action. Lovren's clumsy challenge on Aguero in the penalty area and Salah's early shot wide were the most note-worthy moments.


Two minutes added.


It's floated to the far left for a volleyed cross, but it's easily blocked out of play. City take the throw and it's tossed in towards Aguero, who can only watch on as van Dijk powers a header clear.


Free kick to City 45 yards out. Mahrez over it.


City will be the happier of the two teams going in at the break. Klopp will be keen to get his side in to regroup. The Reds will also be attacking the Kop in the second period.


As it stands: City 20 points, Chelsea 20 points, Liverpool 20 points.

The top three would be separated by goal difference.


No let up for Sterling. Whenever he comes near the ball loud boos greet him.


Salah's early volley wide, Milner's injury and the penalty shout for Aguero is pretty much it in terms of action/notable moments.


A slick City move down the left sees Mendy and Sterling combine to feed the late run of David Silva, but the Spaniard's low cross-shot from a tight angle is blocked behind.


It's fair to say this has been rather cagey at times. Liverpool looking to counter at high-octane pace while City have been happy to patiently probe. Not much to write home about so far.


STAT: Man City's only defeat in 25 Pl away matches was January's 4-3 reversal at Anfield (W20, D4).


STAT: Liverpool are targeting a sixth straight Anfield league victory over City for the first time since 1972-1981 when they won 10 on the spin.


Laporte makes a crucial challenge to deny Salah after the Liverpool forward looked set to surge clear onto Firmino's flick.


Great to see Keita back so quickly after going off on a stretcher with a back problem at Napoli.

  • Naby Keïta
    OffJames MilnerLiverpoolLIVERPOOL CHANGE: Keita on for the injured Milner.
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LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Keita on for the injured Milner.


Mutual respect.


The Liverpool physio is on to treat Milner. The Reds midfielder looks to have trouble with his hamstring after launching into a block tackle with Walker.


STAT: Liverpool have only conceded two first-half goals in their past 13 Premier League matches. Both goals came at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.


It's certainly the case that Firmino has been quiet. Mane started well, just like Salah.


City are beginning to boss this after Liverpool flew out of the traps in the very early stages.


PHOTO: Milner wins an aerial challenge with Bernardo Silva.

James Milner vs. Bernardo Silva (FC Liverpool vs. Manchester City)
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Bernardo Silva booked for a late one on Salah.


Liverpool come under the cosh but both Van Dijk and Henderson are well placed to head dangerous deliveries to safety. A good spell for the away side, but the Merseysiders held firm.


Lovren appears to clatter into Aguero after Gomez's miscued clearance flew right back into the Liverpool penalty area. The referee waves play on. Definitely worth a shout for City.


TOP SIDES IN FINE FORM: Liverpool have lost only three of their last 36 league games while City have suffered defeat in just two of their last 53 top-flight encounters.


PHOTO: Salah fires just wide.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool shoots during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on October 7, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Signs that City are beginning to settle and offer something going forward after they were on the ropes early doors. Liverpool still look frightening when they surge forward on the counter attack, mind you.


Henderson lobs a high ball over the top for Salah, whose deep run catches the City backline out. The Egyptian looks to be in, but seems to lose the flight of the ball as he looks over his shoulder and it eventually drops kindly for Ederson to mop up.


STAT: Jurgen Klopp has beaten a Pep Guardiola team more times than any other manager - 7.


The corner comes to nothing and Liverpool's attempt to spring forward at speed is thwarted by Mendy.


Boos from the Kop as Sterling twinkle-toes his way beyond a couple of challenges on the left of the home side's area before seeing his low, driven cross-shot deflected behind.


He's not wrong.


DID YOU KNOW? Liverpool are aiming to become the first side beat Pep Guardiola's City three times in the PL.


Lovren leaps to try and meet Milner's right-wing corner, but it drops off a City body and falls kindly for Ederson. Mane was lurking to poach the opener there.


STAT: Liverpool have not shipped a goal in the last 762 minutes (and counting) of league football at Anfield. It is the Reds' best run since a sequence of 934 minutes back in 2007.


Van Dijk and co come forward for the set piece, but the left wing delivery is far too close to Ederson who comes off his line to pluck it out of the air with real confidence.


Robertson marauds down the left, waltzing beyond Walker before seeing his cross blocked by the covering Stones. Corner to the hosts.


Superb defending by Mendy as he hangs out a foot and hooks clear after Mane had danced to the left byline and hung a cross towards the unmarked Salah at the far post.


City trying keep calm, composed possession at the back, but Liverpool are swarming all over them. So far the visitors have got away with it, but if they keep it up it's only as matter of time until they get punished.


SALAH STATS: It's not been the greatest of starts to the season for Mo Salah, but could this be the day he returns to form? Since Boxing Day the Egyptian has only failed to score in one league match in L4, notching 11 times in 12 outings. Only Stoke kept him at bay.

Salah is just one shy of netting 50 in all competitions for English clubs and is aiming to emulate Ian Rush, who was the last player to net in four games in a row versus City (1992-1994).


A breathless start in L4.

Salah latches onto a header forward and flicks it over a defender's head before lashing just wide of the near post from the right side of the area.


STAT: Liverpool have lost just one of their last seven league clashes with City. That was when the 10-man Reds went down 5-0 at Etihad Stadium last term.


AT ANFIELD IN THE PL: Liverpool have won 15, drawn 5 and lost once. Indeed, Man City's only win in their last 27 league visits was back in 2003 when a Nicolas Anelka brace secured a 2-1 success. Additionally, the Citizens have not kept Liverpool out in their last 24 visits and have claimed just one clean sheet in the last 38 trips to L4.

  • 1st Half

KICK OFF! Man City get us underway in a blockbuster of a clash the media have been billing as the challengers versus the champions.


As it stands: Chelsea are currently top of the table after their 3-0 win at Southampton earlier. The Blues are on 20 points having played eight games.

Man City are second, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference. Both teams have 19 points from seven games played.


Klopp: "I don't think it makes sense in this moment to think about the title. Manchester City is always tough, even when we won 3-0 in the Champion League. In the 4-3 [Liverpool win] they were really good. They never gave up even at 4-1 down. We have to be spot on, at our best to keep them away from our goal and create chances in front of our goal."


Bernardo Silva: “They (Liverpool) bought a few players. I think they’re better this season, as the results tell. They’ve won all their games in the Premier League apart from one. They’re an aggressive team, they’re doing well. We beat them at home last season but at Anfield we weren’t able to play well enough to beat them. They were better than us, in my opinion."


Jordan Henderson used his notes in today's match-day programme to apologise to fans for Liverpool's below-par display at Napoli and feels his teammates have the know-how to hit back right away: “This afternoon gives us the best opportunity to respond immediately and positively. We’re playing the best team in England and arguably one of the best teams in Europe and the world right now. What Manchester City achieved last season was incredible and they’ve started this new campaign in the same manner. But last season we proved on a couple of occasions we are more than capable of going blow-to-blow with them and producing performances that deservedly win games against them."

Jordan Henderson

As for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has made four changes to the side that came from behind to beat Hoffenheim in the Champions League last time out. Benjamin Mendy is fit to start while John Stones, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez also come in.

There were reports Kevin de Bruyne may make a surprise return from injury, but the Belgian is not involved, despite returning to training following his knee problem.


Klopp makes two changes to his Liverpool side following their disappointing display in the 1-0 Champions League loss at Napoli in midweek. The German coach springs a surprise by dropping birthday-boy Trent Alexander-Arnold for Dejan Lovren in a move that is likely to see Joe Gomez switch to right back. It is Lovren's first league appearance of the season. The other change sees Jordan Henderson come in for Naby Keita.


CONFIRMED TEAMS - LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Mane, Firmino... Subs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Matip, Alexander-Arnold. /// MAN CITY: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, B Silva, D Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero... Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sane, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has opened up about the “horrific” time burglars targeted his home (Anthony Devlin/PA).

Hello and welcome to the most anticipated Premier League fixture of the season so far. It's title hopefuls Liverpool against reigning champions Man City; it's Klopp versus Guardiola and red against blue, as two of the most exciting attacking sides in Europe lock horns. Kick off 16:30 BST. We can't wait!