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Liverpool vs Manchester City at Anfield

Anfield Referee : Martin Atkinson
7th October 2018 4:30 PM (BST)
  • 0 Liverpool

  • 0 Manchester City


Commentary By Rob Pollard


See you soon!

That's all for today, Blues. Another solid display and we're still undefeated in the Premier League. Top stuff. 

Join me again after the international break when we take on Burnley. 

But for now, use the widget to the side of this page to explore all today's match stats in detail. 



"The important thing is we tried we didn’t concede many shots on target so this is key at Anfield and is quite special in the terms of the environment.

"From all actions, from corners and free kicks, they’re so tall and are stronger than us but we defended well, the back four was so good in their positions.

"We had our chance, but football is like this, what’s important is what we said before the game, ‘we try to be ourselves’ so we’ll be good because we are a young team especially up front, and it was a good game for us.



"We played so good. We played so well so if you want to analyse the result then the result is okay, we could do better.

"At the end the manager has to analyse what we have done when we plan what we have to do, that is the most important thing, we were consistent, we were solid, as a team you know they would punish our mistakes, and it the back four we controlled it very well, and nothing.

"It would be better to win at Anfield, but we don’t lose, last season we lost here, this season we draw, maybe next season we win, we will see."


Stones on penalty

"I think it was just decided between the boys. He is deflated and I think he feels he let us down, but he gave everything and he kept the ball well, and had he scored it would have made his day.

"Their attacking threat is brilliant and we stopped that today. We defended as a team and not just a back four, and we kept them to the least number of chances we could. It was always going to go right to the end."



"So close, it is one of those things in football. Riyad Mahrez was taking them really well in training all week, but it happens and we have to move on.

"It got their crowd going so we had to dig in because those moments can go both ways, so we had to keep our heads. It is progress from last season, they are a top team and to get a clean sheet at Anfield is something all of the team are really proud of.

"It was a tactical battle today and everyone put a shift in for the team."



"We missed the creativity in front, but they were so strong - Lovren, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alisson... We have to recognise against which team we put in this performance... At Anfield against probably the three best attackers in the world."



"I think it was just decided between the boys (who took the penalty), Riyad was taking them well in training all week. He's deflated, I think he feels like he's let us down."



"A clean sheet at Anfield is not something you can do very often. The attacking threat from their team - we stopped that today. We can take positives from it and be proud of how we played today."


Van Dijk on the penalty

"It is not smart to dive in there. It was a penalty and it shouldn't have happened, but I'm very happy we didn't concede."


City showing exceptional spirit. Mahrez brilliantly covers for Walker right on the touchline, sets us away on the attack. Ends with Jesus being tackled when almiost clear. 


City caught in possession and Liverpool march straight for goal. Only some great last-ditch defending stops an effort on goal. Great block from Raheem brings that nervy period to a close. 


Great move down the City left involving neat passing from Mendy, Sterling and Silva. Ends with Silva's shot from a tight angle being blocked. Corner. 


Great ball in from Sterling towards Aguero, cleared by Lovren. Ball comes back to Aguero, Lovren with a clumsy challenge from behind - ref says no penalty. It looked like one to me. 


Great play from Fernandinho, who wins the ball high up the field and goes directly towards goal. He plays the ball to Sterling, who twists and turns, shoots - but his effort is blocked for a corner. 


Good play from Mane down Liverpool's left, goes past Bernardo and crosses to the back post. Salah is there - but Mendy gets a crucial touch to nick it away from him. 


City perhaps guilty of overplaying at the back and Liverpool's high press sees them win the ball back in a dangerous area. Nothing comes of it. 



“The Brazilian players at City and Liverpool have a good relationship and we meet-up whenever we can,” said Ederson.

“It’s a little bit difficult because of how the fixtures fall, but we have a very healthy relationship.

“I think it’s important we have friendship off the pitch.”


Creative spark

Bernardo another one I've got my eye on. He's been brilliant this season, probably our best creative player. We need him to hit the same heights this afternoon. 


Mendy key?

Mendy a big player for City. We struggled down our left at Anfield last season, so hopefully he can change that. And, let's not forget, he destroyed them in the 5-0 win at the Etihad last term. 


PL latest

Chelsea are currently 2-0 up away at Southampton.

Arsenal were convincing winners in the day's early game. They beat Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage. 


Sterling form

Raheem Sterling has scored or set-up 35 league goals since the start of 2017-18, a record bettered only by Mo Salah (46) and Harry Kane (36).


It's a very attacking lineup. Fernandinho, Silva, Bernardo in midfield, Mahrez, Sterling and Aguero in attack. Pep, as ever, not deviating from his principles. 


Team news

City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, Bernardo, Mahrez, Aguero  

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sane, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden 



Since the beginning of last season, City have won an unrivalled 27 points out of a possible 33 against the other teams that finished in the top six in 2017-18. Liverpool have only managed 14 points from 12 games.



"Liverpool will beat a lot of teams, not just Man City. Liverpool is one of the true greatest teams in England. We try to be close to them in terms of many, many things.

"[Jurgen Klopp] has all the qualities that everybody knows about Liverpool. At the end, it's the teams and the clubs that win the game. I don't play against the manager, we play against Liverpool. He is an excellent manager, I have a lot of respect for the way he plays, his proactive teams."



"I don't think it makes sense in this moment to think about the title. Manchester City is always tough, even when we won 3-0 in the Champion League. In the 4-3 [Liverpool win] they were really good. They never gave up even at 4-1 down.

"We have to be spot on, at our best to keep them away from our goal and create chances in front of our goal. It will be hard work, no problem with that, everybody knows it."


Senior reporter David Clayton on today's game...

"Whatever happens at Anfield – a City win, draw or Liverpool triumph – it won’t decide the title.

"We’re only seven games into the campaign and after this game, there will still be 30 matches to play.

"So, while a City win will give the champions a bit of breathing space, there are still many games to come and plenty of hard work ahead."


Pep on what not to do at Anfield

“We try (not to concede) but sometimes you cannot,” Pep explained. “I didn’t like concede to Hoffenheim in the first minute either.

“The other option is to stay back and defend for 90 minutes but I don’t believe in that.

“The problem (against Liverpool) in Premier League (last season) is that we conceded three goals in five or six minutes and we have to avoid doing that.

“We have to score at Anfield, but they are going to score too - it’s quite complicated. If we don’t score we won’t win.”