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Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City - FULL TIME: City's first defeat

Man City's first loss in the Premier League this season.

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Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City - FULL TIME: City's first defeat

Man City's first loss in the Premier League this season.

14 January 2018 Sunday 18:53
Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City - FULL TIME: City's first defeat

Liverpool v Manchester City

1 min: Kick off, first half is underway.

9 min: GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City (Oxlade-Chamberlain)

Oxlade-Chamberlain, so often maligned, picks up possession in an unthreatening position in the middle of City’s half. There doesn’t seem much on. But the midfielder shows a good turn of pace to escape Fernandinho, then he runs at the retreating City defence before using his right foot to drive a low, skimming shot across the turf and low to Ederson’s right from 20 yards! Liverpool lead! Who needs Philippe Coutinho?

Chamberlain score the opener

24 min: De Bruyne’s overhit cross sails behind for a goal-kick. Respite for Liverpool.

25 min: Liverpool attack for the first time in a while, but Mane is on his heels after a cutback from Wijnaldum, much to the crowd’s annoyance. City clear their lines and eventually the ball goes out of play, which means that Delph can receive some treatment after going down with a hip injury.

26 min: Danilo is getting ready to step in at left-back, but Delph is determined to continue. Danilo has to put his bib back on.

31 min: Fabian Delph can’t continue.  His knee’s still troubling him and Danilo is on in his place. Danilo’s first involvement is to try to win a 50-50 with Oxlade-Chamberlain, who takes advantage of the substitute’s rustiness by barging him off the ball. Oxlade-Chamberlain whips a cross to the near post, but Firmino heads wide from an awkward angle.

35 min: City break, Gundogan finding Aguero on the edge of the area. He’s closed down. But still City press. Eventually De Bruyne lines one up from 25 yards, but his weak effort is easily saved by Karius. That was City’s first shot on target.

37 min: There hasn’t been a lot of goalmouth action, but this is a very engaging game. Liverpool are putting so much into it, while City are doing everything they can to extinguish the home team’s optimism.

39 min: Salah, on the right corner of the City area, tries to curl one into the far corner. Straight at Ederson.

40 min: GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (Leroy Sane)

A raking crossfield pass from Ilkay Gundogan, sprayed from right to left and on to the chest of Leroy Sane. Joe Gomez commits himself, getting too close to the winger, and Sane charges past him. Liverpoolare open now. Sane’s into the area. He sidesteps Matip and then, with his left foot, lashes a rising shot towards the near post from a tight angle. Karius gets his hands to it, but he can’t keep the ball out and City are level! Questions will be asked about Karius.

Sane scores the equaliser

45 min: HALF TIME

46 min: Manchester City get the second half underway.

48 min: Sadio Mane caught offside.

51 min: Otamendi's header hits top bar

53 min: City have been excellent since the restart. Liverpool haven’t got much going yet. Then again, they haven’t been allowed much of the ball. City attack again and De Bruyne fizzes in another dangerous low cross from the right. Aguero can’t get there and Liverpoolcounter, but Can’s pass through to Salah is poor.

55 min: Mane, who has been fairly quiet after a bright start, wins a corner off Walker on the left. Walker’s annoyed. He reckons the final touch came off Mane.

59 min: GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City (Roberto Firmino)

De Bruyne’s annoyed not to get a foul in Liverpool’s half. Play continues and the hosts break forward. Oxlade-Chamberlain has space and, with the outside of his right foot, he looks to play Firmino in. It’s not a great pass and Stones should cut it out. But Firmino hassles the defender, using his strength to lean him off the ball,and find himself one-on-one with Ederson. The goalkeeper’s stranded and Firmino scoops a lovely shot over him, the ball bouncing in off the inside of the left post to send Anfield wild!

62 min: GOAL! Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City (Sadio Mane)

They might not regret it! City lose the ball in their own half, failing to deal with Liverpool’s high press, and they’re all at sea as Salah bursts forward. The Egyptian unselfishly looks to his left and finds Mane. He has options left and right - and he’s sometimes accused of being too greedy - but he decides to shoot again and this time his left-footed effort flies high past Ederson and into the top-right corner from 18 yards!

68 min: GOAL! Liverpool 4-1 Manchester City (Mohammed Salah)

Ederson does his best Claudio Bravo impression, running out to deal with a Salah through-ball that was intended for Mane. He succeeds in knocking the ball straight back to Salah, 40 yards out, and the Egyptian takes a touch before brilliantly lifting the ball over Ederson and into the unguarded net! This is turning into a humiliation for City!

71 min: Bernardo Silva replaces Raheem Sterling, who’s given a long standing ovation as he goes off. Not.

78 min: Karius is caught under under a high ball, but Otamendi makes a mess of his finish at the far post.

79 min: James Milner replaces Emre Can.

83 min: GOAL! Liverpool 4-2 Manchester City (Bernardo Silva)

It isn’t over yet. City slice Liverpool open, Gundogan wriggling through and though his shot is blocked, the ball breaks to the right for Bernardo Silva to smash past the helpless Karius with his left foot. Anfield is nervy now.

88 min: Liverpool to replace Mo Salah with Adam Lallana. Salah departs with a goal and an assist.

90+4 min: GOAL! Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City (Gundogan)

90+4 min: Ragnar Klavan replacing Sadio Mane, who trots off very slowly. 

FULL TIME: Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City

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Updated: 15.01.2018 10:48
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