FA Youth Cup final: Live matchday blog
Liverpool won the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2007 after a 5-3 penalty shootout victory at City's Academy Stadium. Bobby Duncan's late long-range strike took the final to extra-time after Nabil Touaizi's first-half opener.
Barry Lewtas reacts
"We were in Dallas a week ago and we did only have two days to prepare for the game itself. Obviously the travel and [all that] is in the back of your mind, you're playing against a top team.
"It's tough. You come here, they've got the flags out and it was away game. So I think to come here and play the way we did is a credit to the lads."
Liverpool win the FA Youth Cup!!!
Glatzel converts his penalty and the Reds win the shootout 5-3!
The scenes after that spot-kick! Glatzel is mobbed by his teammates and the coaching staff as they earn the club its first FA Youth Cup trophy since 2007.
Bearne slots home.
Doyle scores for City.
Palmer hits the crossbar!
1-2 to Liverpool in the shootout.
Nmecha scores for City.
Liverpool will start the shootout and it's Neco Williams up first.
Full-time in extra-time
Man City 1-1 Liverpool
The FA Youth Cup final will be settled via a penalty shootout after a tense 30 minutes of extra-time.
And a big one for City. Harwood-Bellis finds himself free inside the penalty area on a corner, but heads wide.
City counter after Larouci's lung-busting run. Frimpong ends up blazing over at the end of it.
Man City 1-1 Liverpool
Little to report from that 15-minute period. There's going to be a quick turnaround for the restart.
The second change of the night for the Reds as Bearne replaces Cain.
Here we go
Glatzel gets the first half of extra-time underway.
Man City 1-1 Liverpool after 90 minutes
And so we head to extra-time after Duncan's late intervention.
There's another 30 minutes to play with potentially a penalty shootout at the end of it.
GOAL!!! Bobby Duncan makes it 1-1 with a screamer
It's the striker's 32nd goal of the season - and what a time for it. The No.10 picks up possession in City's half before unleashing a swerving effort from at least 25 yards out that Moulden can't catch.
Both Williams and Boyes are on hand to deflect two of Knight's goal-bound efforts for City corners.
Larouci tries his luck from distance and his curling side-footed shot goes just wide.
Clarkson is forced off with an injury and replaced by Longstaff.
Jaros pulls off a superb, outstretched save to tip Knight's low shot around the post.
20 minutes remaining and Liverpool are still searching for a leveller.
Remember that this final is a one-off occasion and must be settled tonight. Extra-time and penalties could be required if the Reds net an equaliser.
Moulden thwarts the Reds again. Clarkson unleashes a shout from outside the penalty are, but the City shot-stopper saves again and the rebound unfortunately bounces to a player in blue.
It's a good start to the second half from Liverpool. Sharif again tests the alertness of Moulden with a fierce shot.
Chances at both ends
Touaizi looks for his second of the match, but hits a tame effort straight at Jaros.
Liverpool then advance and Sharif's powerful strike is caught by Moulden.
Back to it
City get the second half started.
Man City 1-0 Liverpool
A tough end to the first half for the young Reds as Touaizi put the hosts ahead in stoppage time.
There were signs of encouragement for Barry Lewtas' side, though. Jake Cain was inches away from making it 1-0 in the 12th minute before Eric Garcia's goalline intervention.
A big second half needed.
Goal - 1-0 to City
Bernabe is able to get a cross in from the left and Touaizi beats his man to apply a clever finish that goes in at Jaros' near post.
And it falls to City. Doyle is cleverly played through and has a sight of goal. Jaros, however, forces him wide and the No.8's effort hits the side-netting.
Captain Paul Glatzel in action.
The match is a bit more even now in terms of possession. Liverpool are beginning to threaten in the final third with Sharif's forward runs.
It was so very nearly 1-0 to Liverpool. A high press from the visitors forces a mistake at the back and Cain is able to get a shot away from inside the box. It beats the goalkeeper, but Garcia is there to clear off the line.
At the other end, Bernane fires over following a counter-attack.
Much better from Liverpool. Larouci's long-range effort takes a deflection and requires City goalkeeper Moulden to tip over the crossbar.
The young Reds are having to soak up lots of early pressure as City dominate possession.
The first opportunity of the night arrives for the hosts. Bernabe's cross finds its way to Touaizi, who forces a good save from Jaros at close range.
Here we go
Abdi Sharif get us underway at City's Academy Stadium.
Come on, Reds!
Didn't think we'd forgotten, did you?
Here it is, the ever-present Liverpoolfc.com weather update.
Our thermometer is showing that it's currently 11 degrees in Manchester with overcast conditions.
Despite approaching May, it definitely still remains coat weather in the evenings.
Less than half an hour until kick-off and both sets of teams are going through rigorous warm-ups. The corner where the travelling Liverpool supporters are housed is nicely filling up.
Barry Lewtas makes one change to his line-up that beat Watford in the semi-final, with goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros returning from injury.
Liverpool: Jaros, N. Williams, Larouci, R. Williams, Boyes, Clarkson, Sharif, Cain, Glatzel, Duncan, Dixon-Bonner.
Subs: O’Rourke, Kelly, Savage, Longstaff, Bearne.
Hughie full of praise
Hughie McAuley was the man in charge when Liverpool last appeared in the final of this competition.
Having closely followed the 2018-19 run in his role as co-commentator on LFCTV, McAuley has saluted the character and ability of this current crop of youngsters.
He said: “In every game every man works hard from the start, and then they impose their style of play and their individual skill on the game. That’s the way it should be.”
Read our fascinating interview with McAuley in full by clicking here.
Meet Rhys Williams
The dominant centre-half has been a key figure for the U18s in all competitions this season.
Get to know him in the latest instalment of our Meet the Academy feature by clicking here.
Important rule change
Remember that this year's final is a one-off occasion and must be settled on the night.
That means there is a possibility of extra-time and penalties this evening.
Fourth time the charm?
Liverpool have lifted the FA Youth Cup on three previous occasions: 1996, 2006 and 2007.
Glatzel aiming for glory
U18s captain Paul Glatzel is available for tonight's match again after injury and, having scored eight goals en route to the final, is determined to make history for the club.
"It would mean a lot. At the start of the season, we looked at the FA Youth Cup as one of the trophies we would like to win," the striker told Liverpoolfc.com.
"It's a big trophy and it's got a lot of tradition behind it. We've heard around the Academy that a Liverpool team hasn't won it for quite a long time, so we've got a great opportunity to change that.
"There's been a lot of great performances and a lot of hard work that's gone in throughout the season and throughout the journey in the FA Youth Cup.
"We do deserve to be there and we just want to go one step further now and have something to show for it."
How they got here
A 2-1 win over Watford at Anfield sent the young Reds into the final - and you can watch the best of the action from that last-four tie below...
The class of 2019
No better place to start, then, than the manager's guide to the young men who have guided Liverpool into this showpiece match via victories over Portsmouth, Accrington Stanley, Wigan Athletic, Bury and Watford.
Click here to read Lewtas' guide to this U18s team.
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The 2019 FA Youth Cup final
Welcome to our live match blog on a big evening for Liverpool's U18s.
Barry Lewtas' side are set to face Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup final at the Academy Stadium, aiming to clinch the Reds' fourth triumph in the tournament.
Stick with us for live build-up, game updates and reaction from Manchester...