Liverpool v Manchester City: Live matchday blog
Follow all the build-up, team news, action, in-game stats, reaction and much more throughout the day in our live blog as Liverpool host Manchester City on New Year's Eve.
- Wijnaldum's eighth-minute header enough for win
- Reds close gap to leaders Chelsea and break clear of City
- Klopp's men extend unbeaten home run to 24 games
LIVERPOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!! Happy New Year‼️‼️🎉🎶— SamuelLJackson (Samuel L. Jackson) 31st Dec 19:23
Great win and 3 points tonight ... enjoy and have a great new year everybody #LFC #YNWA— patrikberger73 (PB) 31st Dec 20:50
Henderson injury update
Klopp also explained why Jordan Henderson had to be substituted just after the hour mark. Click here for an injury update on the skipper.
The boss faced the press in his post-match press conference following Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester City tonight. Click here for a full transcript of what he had to say.
Yess😁! What a way to end 2016!! Thank you all for your support!🔴 Happy New Year to you all ❤️🎉 https://t.co/2CB9OkwFPV— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 31st Dec 20:11
Klopp: "It will be difficult at Sunderland. It's not too long since we played them here and that was really hard."
The boss confirms that Henderson's problem is in his other heel from the one that caused him issues last season.
Klopp: "The only thing we're interested in is winning games."
Klopp: "Jordan Henderson had a little bit of pain in his heel. We don't know [how serious it is] yet."
Jürgen Klopp has arrived for his post-match press conference...
"Difficult game of course, City are a really good side. I cannot remember a lot of chances for City and that's maybe the biggest compliment I can give to my team," says the manager.
Pep Guardiola is asked what he made of the Anfield atmosphere in his post-match press conference.
"It was good, it's a good stadium. Beautiful," the Manchester City boss replies.
Quite a battle today, but an important win at the Fortress of Anfield after a short rest. And a clean sheet! #LIVMCI #LFC— Linda_Pizzuti (Linda Pizzuti Henry) 31st Dec 19:24
2016 in numbers #LFC Played: 58 W: 31 D: 16 L: 11 F: 120 Players used: 46 Goal scorers: 25 Top scorer: Firmino (17) Most Apps: Clyne (48)— clemente_carl (Carl Clemente) 31st Dec 19:32
The gaffer enjoyed that!
Here's how that result has left the Premier League top six...
All of the stats from Anfield...
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City
Wijnaldum's goal, followed by a massive effort, sees the Reds again close the gap to leaders Chelsea and open up a cushion ahead of City behind them. Get in!
Huge noise at Anfield now... almost there...
A late caution for Otamendi for a foul on Origi.
Four minutes added on. Does anybody have any fingernails left?
Lucas replaces Mane.
Iheanacho is on for Toure.
Navas replaces Zabaleta as Guardiola increases his attacking options.
The fans are willing Liverpool home here and the seconds continue to tick away. Klopp's men are asking questions of the City defence, too. Come on!
Frustration among the fans as the referee stops play for a foul on Milner as Mane sprinted away on the left.
Can is booked for a lunge on Sterling as City tried to break.
Heading into the last 20 minutes and there is plenty still to do, but the Reds are responding now, with Origi's pace a threat as City commit more numbers forward.
The captain can't continue and on comes Origi.
Liverpool are weathering a lot of pressure now and, sensing their team need something, the crowd is raising the volume in support.
Henderson has pulled up with a knock, though, and is receiving treatment.
De Bruyne clips a corner to Kolarov, waiting just outside the box in the centre. He lines up a big volley, but a deflection takes the sting out of it and Mignolet scoops up.
And now a real let-off for Liverpool.
Silva jinks inside from the right flank, evading a succession of tackles, and whips a shot towards the bottom left corner. Hearts are briefly in mouths, but the ball sails narrowly wide.
But the visitors work the ball to Aguero, who has had little to go off so far tonight, and the forward tries his luck with a low attempt from the edge of the area. A straightforward take for Mignolet.
Confident start by the Reds to this second period, they are knocking the ball around with intent and City are unable to get into a rhythm at the moment.
Early chance in the second half for Liverpool as Firmino's cross reaches Clyne in the area, but the full-back scuffs his effort wide of Bravo's goal.
Wijnaldum gets the game back underway.
More of the same, please, Reds!
Rockin' my gloves for the match!! Eyes on the Pitch!! https://t.co/n5aWyDFOdv— SamuelLJackson (Samuel L. Jackson) 31st Dec 18:05
LFC well worth their ht lead, Milner & Klavan been the star men for the first 45. #LFCMCI— Carra23 (Jamie Carragher) 31st Dec 18:29
As we mentioned, Millie Bobby Brown is a special guest at Anfield this evening and you can watch our chat with the Stranger Things star below. No doubt she's enjoyed what she has seen so far!
The odds as they stand
Our partner BetVictor is offering the following prices on the game at the halfway stage. Click here to have a flutter.
Liverpool - 9/20
Draw - 3/1
City - 7/1
Take a look at all of the first-half stats...
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City
So far, so good for the Reds, who deservedly lead at the interval courtesy of that magnificent header from Wijnaldum.
One minute added on.
So close to a potential second as a rapid turnover of possession sees Firmino take the ball and play Lallana clean through - only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.
Danger as a rare loose pass by Firmino allows De Bruyne to race through the middle and into a shooting position, but the Reds recover to block his strike.
Guardiola's side are beginning to exert a bit of pressure, probing in Liverpool territory, and when Silva suddenly switches the play, Kolarov is in space on the left - but his driven cross-shot misses everyone and goes out.
The home side dominate a game of head tennis in the centre of the pitch and when the ball is eventually moved to Can in the left channel, the No.23 curls too high as he aims for the top right corner.
Almost a clear chance thanks to a sensational swerving pass from Milner over the City defence, but Firmino can't quite control the dropping ball. Nearly.
Wijnaldum has been very lively here and the Dutchman has another sight of goal, this time from around 20 yards, but he lifts his left-footer off target.
The Reds are left somewhat bemused as some outstanding Firmino trickery draws several clumsy challenges, but the Brazilian does not win a free-kick by the left corner flag.
Fernandinho then avoids a yellow for a late tackle on Lallana.
An update on Adam Lallana's @premierleague form so far this season... 7⃣ Goals 7⃣ Assists Keep it up! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/tlnHi3p9cr— LFC (Liverpool FC) 31st Dec 17:48
City had made an enterprising start to the game but that goal has changed the mood of the teams, with Liverpool now in control and on the search for a second
As good a goal scored at Anfield as there has been all season; Terrific pass (Firmino) brilliant cross (Lallana), perfect header (Wijnaldum)— DominicKing_DM (Dominic King) 31st Dec 17:41
Just a goal or assist every 85 minutes for Lallana so far this season. Not bad...— BassTunedToRed (Andrew Beasley 💙) 31st Dec 17:41
What a header !!! What a fantastic start!! @LFC 1 vs City 0— luchogarcia14 (Luis Garcia) 31st Dec 17:39
What a header!
The Reds lead and Anfield erupts, as Lallana spins a relatively hopeful cross from the left flank into the area and Wijnaldum moves in from the opposite side and plants a stunning nod back across goal into the bottom corner.
Klavan is booked for a foul on Aguero. Not what the Estonian would have wanted at this stage of the match.
Remember, you can analyse tonight's game as it happens with our handy Opta chalkboard below.
... Kolarov takes control but his shot is straight into the wall.
Milner is penalised for an early foul on Sterling and City have a free-kick in a dangerous, central position...
Sergio Aguero gets the game underway.
And here we go with 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.
Come on, Liverpool!!
The two teams are in the tunnel, waiting to emerge into the Anfield atmosphere.
How are the New Year's Eve nerves?
Inside the dressing room...
The Reds arrive at Anfield...
Here's full confirmation of both line-ups this evening...
TEAM NEWS with @haysworldwide #lfcvcity #mcfc https://t.co/XsMatgtghI— ManCity (Manchester City) 31st Dec 16:29
TEAM IN FULL
Here’s Liverpool’s starting line-up and substitutes in full for this afternoon…
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana, Mane, Firmino.
Subs: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Origi, Alexander-Arnold, Sturridge, Ejaria.
The teamsheet is in and it confirms one change for Liverpool to the side that was deployed against Stoke City earlier this week.
It sees Emre Can drafted into the starting XI, with Divock Origi dropping down to the bench.
Joe Gomez arrives
Stevie G is here
It's almost time...
...for team news. Check back here at 4.30pm GMT for confirmed news of Liverpool's line-up this evening.
A special visitor...
There's a special guest at Anfield today - Stranger Things star and Reds fan, Millie Bobby Brown. Watch a special pre-match message from her on our SnapChat story: snapchat.com/add/lfc
Around the ground
Some more shots of Anfield ahead of kick-off...
It's 2nd v 3rd at Anfield tonight. End 2016 with 3 points, @LFC. #MadeForLiverpool #LIVMCI https://t.co/x0U8Giy88T— NBFootball (New Balance Football) 31st Dec 15:30
Anticipation, excitement, expectation. #LFC #YNWA #LFCfamily #LIVMCI https://t.co/dYE98ZsdPp— KingKennyStand (KingKennyStand) 31st Dec 15:29
The stage is set...
Adam Lallana has been involved in 1️⃣3️⃣ goals (7 goals, 6 assists) in the #PL this season - more than any other mi… https://t.co/5eHSVqa8Ut— premierleague (Premier League) 31st Dec 13:20
View from the opposition
City fan Dan Burke offered us the lowdown on his team ahead of the game, with interesting insight on how Guardiola is likely to set up his side, the influence of Fernandinho and why he expects a few goals.
Click here to read the Q&A.
James Milner will face one of his former clubs this evening - and from his new position this season of left-back. At his pre-match press conference, Klopp explained why the No.7's successful switch to the role has been no surprise, as you can see below...
Pep Guardiola on Anfield challenge
"It is always difficult there. A few times a team can dominate for 90 minutes for many reasons - especially when everyone is new, the players, the coach - but it is a game that is not just tough for Manchester City, but for all the teams in the world.
"I like a lot the way Liverpool play - for the spectators because in three or four seconds, they are attacking. Maybe it is the best manager in the world creating teams who attack the back four, with this amount of players, this intensity, with the ball, without the ball."
Did you know these?
- Liverpool have lost just six of the last 32 league meetings between the sides, home and away
- They have scored in each of the previous 22 league clashes with City at Anfield
- This will be the 17th time the Reds have played on New Year's Eve, the last a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in 2005
- Klopp's men have racked up 86 league goals in 2016, with Firmino the leading scorer on 15
Ragnar Klavan will be tasked with keeping City at bay tonight and the centre-back believes Anfield can play a part in helping the Reds edge out their rivals.
He told us: "Our fans are creating something special for us in the stadium. The team can feel it straight away. It's extra power for us and we are really thankful for that. It's maybe a couple more per cent points to our side."
There's plenty of expectations about tonight's match and who would bet against another classic between these two teams? If such an occasion does unfold, where would it go in our list of Liverpool's 10 best games this year? Check it out below.
We have thoroughly enjoyed providing timely and accurate weather updates in our matchday blogs throughout 2016 and do not fear, they will continue on into the New Year and beyond.
As for today, it's currently around eight degrees and is likely to remain that way until kick-off. A coat is a must if you're going to the game, hat and gloves optional.
Don't forget - #LIVMCI... 🚗 Travel info - @MerPolLFC 👥 Fan zones - open from 12:30 GMT https://t.co/WPYdwfTyKn— LFC (Liverpool FC) 31st Dec 10:08
A sneak peek at today's programme cover
Our photographers were present at Thursday's training session to check on how the Reds have been preparing for tonight's clash. Here is a selection of their snaps.
And if you'll spare us another non-match update, Philippe Coutinho has been awarded the Samba Gold prize for the best Brazilian player in Europe, voted for by journalists, professionals and fans.
We know it'll be difficult to focus on anything other than the match today, but everybody needs to spare 15 seconds to watch the sensational Kevin Stewart goal in training below... Wow!
The game according to the gaffer
We think Jürgen is looking forward to this one...
"The only real advantage is that it's at Anfield. We should try to use this advantage and we are obviously not in the worst shape, but unfortunately Man City [aren't either]. That means it will be really difficult for both teams, I would say. I'm really looking forward to it because we all love playing against the best and they are for sure in the group of the best teams in the world. I'm happy to have the opportunity."
Let's end 2016 on a high @LFC 🔴👊🏻2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣6️⃣🔛🔝 https://t.co/KDgT23V8aq— SMignolet (Simon Mignolet) 31st Dec 09:37
Here's a reminder of how the Premier League top six looks going into this round of fixtures, which will mark the halfway point of the season. Gone fast, hasn't it?
Having been the scourge of City on multiple occasions since joining the Reds, Philippe Coutinho will sit out this latest meeting - as it comes too early for the Brazilian to return after his ankle injury.
Also sidelined with an ankle issue is Joel Matip.
Watch the manager's fitness update at his pre-match press conference below...
Welcome to our live matchday blog
A very good morning to you as we get our pre-match coverage underway for Liverpool's 58th game of 2016.
It's a big one, too, as we're sure you know. Manchester City - a point and a place behind the Reds in the Premier League - come to Anfield to sign off the year.
We'll be keeping you updated with everything that happens around the contest here on Liverpoolfc.com, so settle in and enjoy what feels certain to be a night to remember.