Liverpool v Manchester City: Live matchday blog
Follow everything that happens as Liverpool face Manchester City - with updates, videos, photos, stats, quotes and more from Anfield here in our live blog.
- Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Mane and Salah strike for Reds
- City launch fightback but suffer first PL defeat of 2017-18
- Liverpool move level on points with Chelsea and Manchester United
The numbers behind the madness...
Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City
A ridiculous game ends with the Reds, just about, taking all three points and halting the visitors' unbeaten Premier League run. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Mane and Salah got the goals to ultimately down a determined City. One of the very best matches you'll see.
Ragnar Klavan on, Sadio Mane off.
James Milner booked.
Goal for City - Ilkay Gundogan
Leroy Sane chased into the Reds area and teed up Sergio Aguero to cross for Ilkay Gundogan to calmly control and send a cool finish into the net.
Four minutes added on.
Adam Lallana on, Mohamed Salah off
Goal for City - Bernardo Silva
City attacked down the left channel and when the ball fell to Bernardo Silva at the back post, the substitute clinically slammed the ball beyond Loris Karius.
The Reds have not stopped attacking and Roberto Firmino led another breakaway, eventually moving the ball back to Georginio Wijnaldum for a shot that the No.5 dragged wide.
Among the many brilliant performances today, Andy Robertson's has been right up there - so much so, the Kop have been chanting the Scot's name at length. Well deserved
Mohamed Salah has now equalled Gerrard and Sturridge's top scoring seasons at Liverpool. https://t.co/NWi7otqoBG— BassTunedToRed (Andrew Beasley) 14th Jan 17:36
James Milner on, Emre Can off.
This picture is the best thing we can find to sum up the second half.
It’s just a pleasure 👏🏻👏🏻— RobjonesLFC2 (Rob Jones) 14th Jan 17:26
What a game !! One of the best performances of @LFC I've seen for a while!! High pressure,ball display and our coun… https://t.co/70QAXYTLD1— luchogarcia14 (Luis Garcia) 14th Jan 17:30
Bernardo Silva on, Raheem Sterling off.
Raheem Sterling shown a yellow card.
GOALLLLLLL!!!!!! MOHAMED SALAH!!!!
What is happening here?
Ederson rushed out of goal to clear a through pass but his knock away lacked power and Mohamed Salah pounced to whip a shot over the 'keeper and down into the goal.
Outstanding stuff from Liverpool. Outstanding.
Nicolas Otamendi into the book.
GOALLLLLLL!!!!!! SADIO MANE!!!!
Scenes at Anfield.
Within three minutes of Roberto Firmino's effort, Sadio Mane had swerved a shot off the outside of the right post and then made no mistake at all to cap off a counter-attack with a thunderous blast into the top corner.
GOALLLL!!!!!!!! ROBERTO FIRMINO!!!!
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slid a pass through to the No.9, who shrugged off John Stones and lofted a sensational dink over Ederson and into the net. Incredible.
Ederson scooped a corner-kick out to Mohamed Salah but recovered to repel the Egyptian's well-struck drive, and within seconds the City goalkeeper stopped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's attempt to force the ball home at the near post.
City threaten again and only superb defending by Joel Matip denied Sergio Aguero a tap-in when Kevin de Bruyne aimed to thread a cross to his colleague from the right hand side.
Excellent footwork from Joe Gomez on the right flank created a chance to swerve in a cross, but the Englishman could not find a teammate.
At the other end, Nicolas Otamendi sends a header against the top of the crossbar after Sergio Aguero's blocked shot from the left channel earned a corner.
Expect no let-up in the ebb and flow of this contest judging by the early moments of the second half.
We're back under way at Anfield...
See how Anfield honoured former Reds goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week, before kick-off in the video below.
BetVictor's updated prices at the break...
Liverpool - 5/2
Draw - 31/20
Manchester City - 13/8
Click here for more details.
All of the stats from the first half at Anfield...
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City
A frustrating end to the half for the Reds, who led through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but have been pegged back by Leroy Sane's late strike. Absorbing stuff - and more to come.
Goal for City - Leroy Sane
Joe Gomez got under a crossfield pass, right to left, and Leroy Sane took advantage to drive into the box, round the Liverpool defender again and crack a finish inside Loris Karius' near post. 1-1.
Mohamed Salah is coming alive at the moment. The Reds have missed a couple of opportunities to release the No.11 at pace, so he just took a more direct route with a rising curler that Ederson collected well.
Kevin de Bruyne fires off a similar effort to the Liverpool goal but it was a straightforward take for Loris Karius, low to his right.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a man on a mission here.
More really positive pressing from the No.21 gave him space to use on the right hand side and his delivery to Roberto Firmino at the near post was glanced wide by the Brazilian.
Danilo on, Fabian Delph off.
Liverpool have a decent little spell of possession to take the sting out of City's momentum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's clever idea to loft the ball towards an unmarked Roberto Firmino is foiled by the weight of his pass.
The visitors are stepping it up now, with Kevin de Bruyne beginning to become a real influence.
Leroy Sane tried his luck with a shot that was deflected and, thankfully, spun off target.
Close for City.
Cute passing on the right flank saw Raheem Sterling tee up Kevin de Bruyne for a dangerous, bobbling delivery across the Liverpool area, with Sergio Aguero unable to connect in the middle.
Cracking goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain. This game is already living up to the hyperbole.— GaryLineker (Gary Lineker) 14th Jan 16:15
If the opening exchanges were slow, this is now the game we all expected.
City are surging back at any chance but the Reds could easily be 2-0 up. First, Sadio Mane hesitated over a counter-attack and then Mohamed Salah somehow worked room yards out only to prod wide of goal.
A moment to savour...
What a goal!
Exactly what the Reds would have wanted after a cagey start. The midfielder saw space to attack in the City half, drove into a shooting position at the edge of the box and smacked a low shot across Ederson and into the bottom left corner. Brilliant.
A worry at the other end as Kevin de Bruyne feeds a neat pass into Raheem Sterling inside the area. The former Liverpool winger tumbled under pressure from Emre Can and the referee - rightly - dismissed any appeal for a penalty.
You can analyse this match as it happens with our interactive Opta chalkboard...
Almost a sniff of goal for the Reds. Roberto Firmino flicked a pass forward to Sadio Mane in behind but he could not get the ball under control and Mohamed Salah's eventual hit was easily blocked.
Go on boys! Once a red always a red!! @LFC https://t.co/IeWzkcexgZ— JARiiseOfficial (John Arne Riise) 14th Jan 16:01
The Reds, and specifically Roberto Firmino, kick the game off, with the hosts attacking towards the Kop end.
Come on, Liverpool!
#YNWA time and lovely tribute to Tommy Lawrence, straight into these Reds 👊🏻🔴 #LFC https://t.co/YbnHLCXbpo— dankay (Dan Kay) 14th Jan 16:18
The fans have done their bit with an extended rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone.
And the stadium has just held a minute's applause in honour of the late Tommy Lawrence.
A reminder of today's line-ups...
The warm-ups are completed and we're just 10 minutes away from kick-off here at Anfield.
Inside the dressing room...
Here's the Reds arriving a short while ago...
Andy Robertson takes care of pre-match media duties at Anfield.
The team is in! Your @HaysWorldwide #lfcvcity line-up! https://t.co/NnQRUUHEGf— ManCity (Manchester City) 14th Jan 15:00
Liverpool’s line-up is in and it confirms three changes from the side deployed against Everton last time out.
Dejan Lovren replaces Virgil van Dijk, who is ruled out due to a tight hamstring, and the No.6 also wears the captain’s armband, while Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum start, too.
Liverpool: Karius, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.
Looks who's popped in for a quick drink before the match! YNWA @DanielAgger 🍺❤️⚽️🙏😊 https://t.co/O4jZ9NkEXe— The12thManLpool (Robert Rogers) 14th Jan 14:17
Welcome to Anfield. 🌤 https://t.co/w678MEgNk3— LFC (Liverpool FC) 14th Jan 13:38
You may have noticed this week Liverpool have been training some new stylish white gear from New Balance.
Well, that's because our kit supplier has released a fresh range of warm-up kit - and it's fair to say it's gone down a treat with the lads.
Fancy getting some for yourself? Head over to Liverpoolfc.com/store now.
If you’re at #Anfield for the game against @ManCity this afternoon, please don’t forget your Foodbank donations.… https://t.co/oCnXX8706k— Red_Neighbours (Red Neighbours) 14th Jan 13:56
On this day...
...back in 2006, Harry Kewell scored the brilliant volley below to help Liverpool edge out Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in a keenly-fought clash at Anfield.
The calm before the storm...
Several players will be lining up against their former clubs today, and indeed the list of men to have represented both teams is impressive - and we picked out 10 of the best here.
Want to impress your friends with a couple of factoids before the game? We've got you covered...
- Adam Lallana is set to play the 400th game of his club career
- The Reds have conceded fewer goals at home (four) than any other Premier League team this season
- They have lost just once against City at Anfield in the Premier League era
Later... #LIVMCI https://t.co/DG6hxyw4lz— premierleague (Premier League) 14th Jan 10:00
BetVictor offer the following prices on today's game if you fancy a flutter. Click here for more information.
Liverpool - 2/1
Draw - 27/10
Manchester City - 11/8
Anfield to honour Tommy Lawrence
A minute's applause will take place before kick-off in honour of former Reds goalkeeper Lawrence, who passed away at the age of 77 earlier this week.
The Scot, affectionately nicknamed 'The Flying Pig', made 390 appearances for the club and won two league titles and the FA Cup during Bill Shankly's tenure.
'Respect City, don't fear them'
Klopp's programme notes make for interesting - and inspirational - reading as the manager muses on the balancing act between respecting Manchester City's remarkable form this season and ensuring nobody at Liverpool fears Guardiola's charges.
"Respect is healthy and necessary, but fear or complacency are not allowed – ever," writes the boss. "We respect City, as we respect every opponent. We have studied their strengths and their weaknesses, as they will have done with us. I would expect the respect is mutual, because they are smart people who will know our own quality is as good as their own."
Big game, big weather update
We know you look out for this one. Temperatures in Liverpool are currently around four degrees and unlikely to rise much in the hours before kick-off. A coat is a must if you are heading to Anfield; hat and gloves, as always, optional.
The manager discussed a range of subjects during his pre-match preview, from the challenge of facing City to the possibility of Virgil van Dijk making a Premier League debut for Liverpool. See everything Klopp had to say below...
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 #PL home games against Man City, winning the last 4 in a row #LIVMCI https://t.co/NaE9SPfupR— premierleague (Premier League) 14th Jan 08:04
There's a reminder of how the top of the Premier League table looks below. Victory for the Reds today would draw Klopp's men level on points with Chelsea and Manchester United.
Today's matchday programme features a front page designed by 14-year-old competition winner Ben Marsden. Nice! Find out more.
Mohamed Salah is available for selection again after missing Liverpool's victories over Burnley and Everton in the New Year. The No.11 trained this week following a groin issue.
So too did Daniel Sturridge, while Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno have taken positive steps in their injury recoveries but aren't ready for the clash with City.
The visitors will be without Vincent Kompany and Gabriel Jesus.
Confirmed teamsheets can be found here at 3pm GMT.
Tale of the tape
The Reds are 17 games unbeaten in all competitions. City have not lost any of their 22 fixtures in the league this term. Take a closer look at each side's Premier League form with our Opta data below...
It's that time again. ⚽🔴 🆚 @ManCity 🏆 @premierleague ⌚ 16:00 GMT 🏟️ Anfield 🖼️ @kaleemz_gfx https://t.co/6SCqXKvkXe— LFC (Liverpool FC) 14th Jan 08:00
We don't need to give this one too much build-up, do we?
Liverpool v Manchester City. Jürgen Klopp v Pep Guardiola. The Premier League's two highest-scoring teams this season face off at Anfield.
Don't miss a bit of it, as we bring you the whole story of what is sure to be a cracker here in our live match blog from the stadium.