Liverpool v Manchester City: Live match blog
Liverpool claimed a 3-0 advantage over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash at Anfield.
Here's the story of the game - including all the news, photos, videos, stats and more.
- Goal No.38 for Salah puts the Reds ahead (12mins)
- Ox screamer doubles Liverpool lead (20mins)
- Mane makes it three from Salah cross (30mins)
- Klopp's men take lead to Etihad second leg
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City
Advantage Liverpool in this Champions League quarter-final - they will take a 3-0 lead to the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday thanks to goals from Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mane.
Allez, Allez, Allez...
Three minutes added on at Anfield.
Henderson is booked and will miss the second leg.
Moreno on for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Sane gets free along the left and delivers for Jesus to tap home at the far post, but the offside flag has long been raised.
Into the last 10 minutes we go. It remains 3-0...
Yellow card shown to De Bruyne.
Jesus booked for dissent.
Neat passing releases Sterling into space on the right side and he spins a cross into Jesus at the near post - but the attempted finish is at an awkward angle and skews off target.
Nearly an immediate impact from Solanke. The sub ran through to collect Henderson's hopeful knock forward and squared to the middle for Mane, who could not make a proper touch under pressure.
Here comes Solanke, on for Firmino.
Otamendi rises highest to connect with a corner from the left but the City man's header soars over Karius' crossbar - and not off a Reds body along the way as he claims.
Crucial touch from Lovren to deny Sane's cut-back towards the arriving Silva at the edge of the area as the visitors sliced Liverpool open - and the centre-half got stuck in to ensure the danger was cleared.
A bit of cat and mouse is taking place. The Reds are soaking up pressure and keeping men behind the ball as City probe and move possession from side to side. The hosts have plenty of pace to launch counters, though...
First change for City - Sterling replaces Gundogan.
From the corner, a lengthy scramble ensues yards from goal and finally Gundogan whacks a shot wide of the left post - via a deflection. City are mounting pressure.
More excellent defending by Trent, who clears the Liverpool area from a right-wing cross after Van Dijk had surrendered possession in his own half.
Salah can't continue - Wijnaldum is on for the Reds.
A worry for Liverpool as Salah trudges off to receive treatment on what looks to be a muscle issue.
It's a similar start to the first half, with City on the front foot at the moment. Again, Sane is their chosen route of attack but once more, Alexander-Arnold stands firm on the flank.
We're back under way...
All the stats from the first 45 minutes at Anfield below if you're interested.
No pressure. If you're still catching your breath, that's fine.
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City
So that was something.
A thrilling half of football, with all of the elements expected, ends with the Reds three goals clear - Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mane the men on target to earn Klopp's side a handsome advantage at the midway point of the match.
Otamendi is shown a yellow card.
From the resulting free-kick, Van Dijk diverts a decent header wide of the right post.
City have a free-kick situation, right of centre, which looks promising but De Bruyne's attempt to find a teammate beyond the back post fails and it's harmless for Liverpool.
Liverpool go again and Firmino carries the ball parallel across the City area before deciding to try his luck - why not? - but the left-footer sails high into the Kop.
Jesus is lucky not to go into the book for a clumsy challenge on Robertson to prevent the left-back's latest drive forward. The Kop sing the latter's name in recognition of a brilliant couple of minutes.
Robertson sets off on a long-range scamper, keeps going and reaches the City area. But just as the Scot is lining up a shot, Fernandinho stretches out a leg to scoop the ball away. Unlucky.
Mane required treatment immediately after the goal but is fine to continue.
I don't think I'm dreaming...
It's 3-0 at Anfield. Salah causes City problems once again and the Egyptian turns provider this time, picking out a peach of a cross from the right for Mane to send a firm header into the net.
This is special.
Robertson surges down the left channel and swerves in a cross that Ederson can only punch away from goal. City mop up eventually but the Reds look dangerous every time they attack now.
Wow. Just wow.
The Reds demand a foul as their latest foray forward results in a heavy challenge but Oxlade-Chamberlain takes full advantage of the referee's decision to play on and wallops an effort inside Ederson's left post.
A stunning goal.
The Egyptian King.
Almost an immediate riposte from City as they sprint forward through Sane. The wide-man has De Bruyne to his left when he reaches the edge of the area but instead aims a low finish for the bottom right corner - wide.
Against the run of play, who cares?
Salah races in behind on the counter-attack and tries to feed Firmino. The Brazilian is blocked as he tries to net but the ball is recycled to the Reds No.11 and he blasts home to strike the first blow of the tie.
Liverpool are beginning to enjoy more of the ball but it is City who are coping better with the outrageous pace of the match so far. There is little time to take a touch for either team.
City have settled quickly here and Sane sets off on a tricky dribble into the Reds box before firing off a shot that can only find the side-netting - via a deflection, according to the officials.
If you can somehow take your eyes off the action, analyse everything that happens in real time with our cool Opta chalkboard...
A frantic start, naturally, and Alexander-Arnold has to cover in timely fashion to prevent Sane from capitalising on a spot of pinball inside the Liverpool area.
James Milner gets this Champions League tie under way as the Reds attack towards the Kop end.
Come on, Liverpool!
The two teams are out and the noise is deafening. This is it...
Liverpool FC statement
The club condemns in the strongest possible terms the scenes which preceded our Champions League quarter-final, which resulted in damage being inflicted on the Manchester City team bus during their arrival at Anfield.
We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials caught up in the incident.
The behaviour of a number of individuals was completely unacceptable and the club will cooperate fully with the authorities to identify those responsible.
The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.
More about Masterson
So, a special night for U23s centre-back Conor Masterson, who is named among the substitutes at senior level for the second time.
The Republic of Ireland youth international was on the bench for the FA Cup tie at Exeter City in January 2016, too.
Masterson is a regular member of the first-team training group at Melwood.
Here's how the visitors line up...
Confirmed LFC team news
The teamsheet is in and it confirms two changes for Liverpool as Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return to the line-up in place of Joel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Academy youngster Conor Masterson is named on the bench.
Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Masterson.
The last meeting between these teams can be filed under 'modern classic'.
Seven goals, a nine-minute period to rival anything seen at Anfield, a late rally and a sensational atmosphere.
Relive it all over again below...
Anfield is ready...
Shouting the odds
Manchester City 13/10
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The view from Manchester City
It's a big week for tonight's visitors, who have the chance to seal the Premier League title against city rivals Manchester United on Saturday.
But which game is bigger? We asked City fan Dom Farrell, who provided the following answer.
"As much as sealing the title against United would be glorious for obvious reasons, it's hard to make a case for that being the most important game of the week. The Premier League title is in the bag and there'll be six more opportunities to seal it if the job isn't done in the derby.
"City got to the Champions League semi-finals in 2015-16 but that was a run where they rode their luck. This year is the first time they've looked like a side ready to mix it with Europe's elite. Finding out whether that's the case or not depends on a good performance and result at Anfield."
'You can give us an advantage'
Jürgen Klopp recorded a special message for Liverpool fans attending this evening's fixture - watch our free LFCTV GO clip below.
Just under six hours until we find out tonight's starting XIs, though we do already know plenty about which players are available.
Here's a quick lowdown on who won't be involved...
- Adam Lallana (hamstring)
- Joel Matip (thigh)
- Joe Gomez (ankle)
- Ragnar Klavan
- Ben Woodburn
Emre Can also remains a doubt with a back issue.
Manchester City injuries
- Sergio Aguero (knee)
- Benjamin Mendy (knee)
Important information for fans
Merseyside Police have released a statement ahead of tonight's game. Click here to read it.
'The boys talk about Dortmund to this day'
Plenty of Andy Robertson's teammates know what special European nights at Anfield are all about thanks to their experiences en route to the Europa League final in 2016.
And the stories the Scot has heard have made him even more excited for his first taste of knockout football in continental competition at the famous old stadium.
"The atmosphere will be incredible and one that we all look forward to," he told Liverpoolfc.com.
"The fans have been incredible this season for us and I'm sure they'll take it to a whole new level tomorrow night and hopefully it can inspire us to put in good performance and get a victory.
"We know it's up to us to create the atmosphere because if we're creating chances or winning the ball back or scoring goals then that's when the fans will cheer the most. If we can do that then I'm sure it'll be a special night.
"We've heard the boys talking about that Dortmund game and they still talk about it to this day; how special it was, the entry into the stadium, and then what they did on the night.
"That's what we want to create tomomorrow but it's down to us, like I said. If we don't show up or we don't perform then the fans don't have much to cheer about."
Go behind the scenes at Melwood to see how Liverpool warmed up for tonight's game with our LFCTV GO video from yesterday's training session.
Watch the clip below completely free of charge - all you have to do is register!
Club statistician Ged Rea has dug up some fascinating facts ahead of tonight's game - here are four personal favourites...
- This is the first time Liverpool and Manchester City have met in European competition, meaning Pep Guardiola's side become the Reds' 128th different opponent in Europe.
- Liverpool are contesting their 24th European quarter-final and their 14th at this stage in the European Cup. They are aiming to reach an 18th semi-final in European competition and their 10th in the continent's premier tournament.
- Between them this season the teams have scored 237 goals, with Liverpool netting 113 and City 124.
- If Roberto Firmino scores in the tie he will equal the club record set by Dean Saunders of nine goals in a European season – achieved in the 1991-92 UEFA Cup campaign in just five appearances.
Last time out
Whet your appetite for tonight's game by reliving Mohamed Salah's late winner at Crystal Palace on Saturday below.
As cool as you like from the Egyptian.
This Is Anfield
You can read more from Henderson and the gaffer in the official matchday programme, which will be available at Anfield ahead of kick-off.
Here's what it looks like...
'We haven't won a raffle'
A great line from Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in his programme notes for tonight's game...
He writes: "The reality for us is that we are facing a world-class side coached by a world-class manager. But we haven’t won a raffle to be at this stage, we’ve earned it. We’re here on merit and we face City as equals.
"They’ll have as much respect for us as we have for them. But it’s respect, not fear. I look at it as being a fantastic tie that the whole world will be interested in. These are the sorts of games as players that make all the hard work and sacrifice worth it."
A look to the skies...
Heading to the match tonight?
You'll be greeted by practically balmy - compared to recent weather, at least - temperatures of seven degrees celsius around kick-off.
There is, however, a 40 per cent chance of rain in Liverpool at that time. Take a brolley.
Premier League champions-elect Manchester City have repeatedly shown their immense quality this season but, thankfully, Jürgen Klopp has a formula to cope with it.
And he has revealed part of his plan in an exclusive interview ahead of tonight's game.
“Usually in a quarter-final or semi-final, you can think about playing the first game at home or the first game away and not conceding a goal,” he said.
“But it’s against City – they can score at Anfield, they can score at home or they can score on the moon!
“It’s not about getting a result, it’s about winning the game and trying to win the second one as well. We don’t think too much about the second leg in Manchester. We only go into the game and want to enjoy it; we want to work hard, be on our highest level and make the people happy. That’s the plan.”
It's here, then.
Liverpool face Manchester City this evening in the first leg of the sides' Champions League quarter-final tie.
The build-up starts here in our live matchday blog where you'll be the first get team news, photos, video, social media, match action and reaction from Anfield.
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