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Manchester City vs Liverpool at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Anthony Taylor
2nd July 2020 8:15 PM (BST)
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘25' Kevin De Bruyne (Pen)
    • ‘35' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘45' Phil Foden
    • ‘66' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (OG)
  • 0 Liverpool


Commentary By John Edwards



That's all from me this evening.

What a treat it was to watch the game!

City were devastating in attack and the champions had no answer for it, to give us a victory which stands us in good stead ahead of our FA Cup and Champions League contests.

You can check out all the stats and reaction to the game below.

Next up for us is Southampton on Sunday. Kick-off is at 19:00 (UK) and our live coverage will begin here in the Matchday Centre at around 17:00.

Hope you can join us!


Pep on Foden

"What we have done is try to protect him. Not let him play every single game. Young players have to be careful in the first steps. 

"He has an incredible thing that makes me not doubt that he will be incredible for the next decade. 

"He is so fast, so strong defensively. He played at Old Trafford, he played today against incredible top teams and he was there and always at a high level."


Pep: De Bruyne's the best right now

"Kevin is a really good player. He has something unique. He can run, the vision he has,  he personality right now, making four penalties in a row when we struggled this season with the penalties. 

"Right now heโ€™s the best."


Pep's reaction ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I'โ€™m so delighted. Congratulations to the team for beating the champions. They have incredible focus. I saw the guard of honour, how focused they were to play, how they shouted and helped each other to try to beat us. Thatโ€™s why they beat us [to the title]. 

"To beat them 4-0, with the chances we created, the way we defendโ€ฆ Itโ€™s three more points to help us in the Premier League."


Stat ๐Ÿ‘€

This was the joint-heaviest defeat for a side already crowned Premier League champions in a season. 

Arsenal lost 4-0 away to Liverpool in 1997/98, which was also the game after they won the title.


Rob Pollard at the Etihad

"A lot to admire about Cityโ€™s display tonight. Question marks over our fitness levels after a truncated training period ahead of the Premier Leagueโ€™s resumption will fade after this display. Weโ€™ve been sharp and full of pace. 

"Liverpool started superbly and it was clear in the opening stages why theyโ€™re champions - but City have played superbly. We deserve this win. 

"Foden and Sterling have been imperious and Garcia, against one of the best attacks in the game, has once again acquitted himself with aplomb. 

"With next season only weeks away, this is a timely reminder of our quality."


Post-match show โ˜๏ธ

What a result! 

City have outclassed the champions this evening and there is plenty to discuss.

Head to the top of the page to listen to Cel Spellman, Kyle Walker and Joleon Lescott dissect a fantastic performance.


Seeing it out

Fair play to Liverpool, they're still pushing forward here as we approach the second minute of four added on.

Our defence is holding firm, though, as a corner goes to waste for the visitors.


Yes, Nico!

Liverpool on the front foot as we approach the end.

A long ball forward falls kindly to Salah on the edge of the box, but Otamendi gets his body in the way to block his shot. ๐Ÿšซ


Still pushing

No let up from us here.

Cancelo picks out De Bruyne with a cross, but the Belgian sends his header wide. 

He might feel he should have done better, there!

But then again, we're not complaining at this point.


Just wide

Yes, that's another chance for City.

Yes, De Bruyne created it again.

It's so easy for City, as the Belgian finds Mahrez 30-yards from goal. The Algerian drops his shoulder and does a step over to go by Fabinho with ease, before dragging his effort wide.

One way stuff. 


Rob Pollard at the Etihad

"City have been superb tonight. Itโ€™s the sharpest weโ€™ve looked since football returned and weโ€™re taking care of an exceptional side here with ease. 

"Itโ€™s now 4-0 โ€“ Sterling has added another, rounding off another fine move โ€“ and we are in total control. Weโ€™re moving the ball quickly, weโ€™re inventive on the ball and weโ€™re playing with confidence and freedom โ€“ exactly what Pep has asked for. 

"Chelsea aside, weโ€™ve been outstanding in the last fortnight.



It's 4-0. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain turning into his own net with his last ditch attempt to keep Sterling's effort out.

Liverpool were completely undone by City then.

It starts with Rodrigo's ball out to De Bruyne and he plays an inviting ball into Sterling's path, with the Reds' defence completely exposed.

Sterling cuts inside Robertson, before rolling the ball beyond Alisson, only to be denied a goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain.



It's all happening here!

Laporte is forced to make two blocks - from Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain - after he concedes possession on the edge of our box.

City then go up the other end, with De Bruyne firing just wide of the post from 18-yards.


In the book

A yellow card for Walker, who commits a foul on the edge of the area.

It's referred to VAR over a possible penalty, but a free-kick is given, but Alexander-Arnold's low effort is deflected wide by his own player in the wall.


Fired up

Mane lets the ball roll under his foot in the City box and we gratefully take advantage with an attack of our own.

Foden effortlessly glides through midfield, before taking aim from 20-yards. He hits it well, but it's straight at Alisson.

You wouldn't bet against us getting a fourth, the way this is going.


Front foot

We're attacking at will here.

Sterling spins Robertson on halfway and leaves him in his wake as he drives into the box.

His strike is deflected behind and after that resulting corner is cleared, De Bruyne squares for Foden, whose scuffed goal bound effort is cleared off the line by Van Dijk.

We're very much on top.


Back to it

City back on the front foot as Jesus capitalises on Alexander-Arnold's error.

The right-back throws the ball straight to our No.9, who  goes past Fabinho before firing straight at Alisson.

He'll be disappointed with the effort. A little tame, given the time he had.


Director of Football: Txiki Begiristain ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"Eric is very intelligent boy. More than a boy, he is a good character, a solid leader. He has been great and against a striker with more pace like Mane, he has done very well.

"Phil's performance is top. You can see the difficulty against a top team. It means he is already very mature. He has scored four goals since lockdown. It is very important for a midfielder."


Director of Football: Txiki Begiristain ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I didn't expect it. We have to recognise they play well. They are champions, you can see why they are champions as they press high and are a very difficult team.

"We have had a very good first half. It is a good game to watch. Both teams are playing to play in the space we are playing more combinations with our style.

"We have been very efficient and I'm very happy to say that."


Half-time show

SO much to talk about after that opening 45.

Head to the top of the page to see what Cel Spellman, Kyle Walker and Joleon Lescott thought!

We'll also hear from Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain.



Phil Foden adds the third and it is a superb goal.

Rodrigo and Gundogan are both involved as City work it inside from the left, but it is all about Foden in the end.

He eliminates Robertson by playing a neat one-two with De Bruyne, which puts him in the clear and he calmly lofts it over the onrushing Alisson.



Rob Pollard at the Etihad

"Sterling looking very sharp and heโ€™s added a second. Foden slipped the ball into his path, he took on Gomez with his left and passed it into the net at the near post with his right.

"Cool finish. Liverpool have been better than this scoreline perhaps suggests but weโ€™ll take it."



Sterling doubles our lead!

From one end to another in three passes from Mendy, Gundogan and Foden, who feeds Sterling.

He wrong foots Gomez with his first touch before poking it inside the near post.

City in a nutshell, that move!



Oh, it could be 2-0!

Kevin De Bruyne threads the needle, expertly picking out Jesus with a ball that he slides between Van Dijk and Robertson.

The Brazilian twists and turns away from the Liverpool left-back but doesnโ€™t connect properly and sends his shot well wide.


Rob Pollard at the Etihad

"It looked soft in real time but the defenderโ€™s arms were all over Sterling, who was looking to weave his way in on goal. De Bruyne dispatches another penalty. After all our penalty troubles earlier in the season, weโ€™ve found ourselves an expert."



City win a spot-kick after Gomez fouls Sterling.

The Liverpool defender had his arms all over the City winger as he tried to turn in the box, before eventually going to ground. 

Stonewall penalty and a yellow card for Gomez.

De Bruyne to take the spot-kick...


Rob Pollard live from the Etihad

"Fitness levels improving all the time โ€“ and this game is being played at a higher tempo than our previous matches. 

"Chances at both ends. Jesus needs to hold the line better โ€“ heโ€™s had two openings upended by a waving flag. And Salah, so sharp of mind and quick with his feet, hit the post a moment ago after a swift Liverpool move. 

"Really enjoying this one."


Off the post!

A big let off for City as Salah cracks the base of the post with an 18-yard drive.

The Egyptian drives inside and uses Mane's run as a decoy before letting fly with his favoured left foot.

I *think* Mane might have wanted him to pass...


Flag's up

Another offside for Jesus and it stops a flowing move.

Gundogan feeds De Bruyne in the middle of the park and he instantly slides it in behind the Liverpool centre-halves, but the Brazilian starts his run a fraction too early again.

Lovely stuff from De Bruyne.


Mendy ๐Ÿ‘

What a cross that is from the Frenchman.

He whips a teasing ball across the face of goal, but it evades everyone. Sterling can't get across the front of Van Dijk and Foden arrives too late as Robertson lets it run at the far post.

It only needed a touch! 



Action at both ends as De Bruyne's shot from the edge of the box is blocked, before Liverpool race up the other end and cross for Mane, who, thankfully, miscues with his header.


Familiar feel

Pretty much what you'd expect so far.  City getting on the ball and knocking it about, Liverpool pursuing them with their notoriously intense pressing. 


Warning โš ๏ธ

Great save from Ederson!

Salah latches onto a long ball forward from Van Dijk and having got half a yard on Laporte, he fires a half-volley at goal, with Ederson caught in no man's land.

The Brazilian makes a fine stop to push it a way and then gathers Firmino's tame effort on the rebound.



The ball's in the back of the net and it's a great finish from Gabriel Jesus after he raced clear of the Liverpool defence.

He went too early though and the flag goes up for offside.


Rob Pollard live from the Etihad

"Brian Kidd's popularity very clear: so many players go over to him before sitting down ahead of the game, including young Tommy Doyle, who starts on the bench. Lovely man."



The players show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement by taking a knee, before Liverpool get us under way.



Moments away

Blue versus red, Manchester versus Merseyside, last year's champions versus this years. 

It's nearly time at the Etihad! Here's a reminder of how both teams line-up. 

XI | Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (c), Foden, Sterling, Jesus. 

 XI | Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson (C), Wjnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.  


Rob Pollard live from the Etihad

"Players have done their warmups and itโ€™s almost time. Pitch looks immaculate: sprinklers are on. Stage well and truly set. 

"This is an intriguing one tonight. City desperate to lay down a marker and limit Liverpoolโ€™s points tally. The new champions keen to assert their domestic dominance. 

"And for City, a glimpse into the future perhaps? Foden and Garcia are our most trusted youngsters and both start in tandem this evening."


KDB ๐Ÿ†š Yaya ๐Ÿค”

It's a tough question, but if you had to pick, like really had to pick, who would you say is the better player between Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure?*

Joleon Lescott has had his say on We're Not Really Here...

"We saw Kevin score a world class free-kick against Chelsea, but we lose. That didnโ€™t happen with Yaya. 

"If Yaya played well โ€“ and Kevin did play well โ€“ we won the game. I donโ€™t even remember thinking โ€˜Yaya was unreal tonightโ€™ and being disappointed that we lost the game. It didnโ€™t happen, he just controlled the whole game. 

"Thatโ€™s what separates Kevin. I think Kevin is on the way to being that guy. If he continues at this level for five or six years, which David did, Yaya did and Sergio did and Vincent, I think he goes down in history as one of the greatest players Manchester City have had."

* They are both absolutely brilliant.



Kevin De Bruyne is making his 150th Premier League appearance this evening.

And Benjamin Mendy reaches 50 in all competitions for City. 

Let's mark it with a win, lads! 


Stat pack

๐Ÿ”น City are attempting to win three consecutive top-flight home matches against Liverpool for the first time since 1937.

๐Ÿ”น The Reds' only victory in their past 10 league games at the Etihad Stadium came in Jurgen Klopp's first match in charge against City in November 2015.

๐Ÿ”น Liverpool are looking to complete a Premier League double over City for just the third time.


Contrasting styles

It's always a battle against this Liverpool side isn't it? Joleon Lescott has shed some light on why that's the case...

"I think their style. If you look at other good teams, they play the way we want to play and the best teams win playing that style.

"Like we saw against Arsenal, if you come here trying to play that style, we will beat you, because we are the best at that style. 

"Liverpoolโ€™s style is not similar to ours. Itโ€™s more direct, but in an effective way. You have to respect their pace and ability. Their style is so unique."


Pre-match from Pep ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I think both teams want to try to attack, but we will see. I think every manager before the game has an idea how the game is going to be but apart from that we canโ€™t figure out what else is going to happen."


Rob Pollard live from the Etihad

The big news is Fodenโ€™s return to the side. Heโ€™s in superb form โ€“ arguably our best player since the resumption of football โ€“ and itโ€™s always a pleasure to watch his progress. 

Big test for Eric Garcia this evening. Heโ€™s a fine young player who deserves his place in the side, but thereโ€™s no tougher assignment in English football right now for a defender than trying to keep Liverpoolโ€™s front three quiet. Itโ€™ll be fascinating to see how he gets on. 

Both sides will be getting closer to full match sharpness after the long layoff, and although the title is Liverpoolโ€™s, with the 2020-21 season only a few weeks away, City will want to land a blow ahead of the new campaign. 

It should be a great game.


Liverpool team ๐Ÿ“‹

XI | Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson (C), Wjnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. 

SUBS | Adrian, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Jones, Elliott, Williams.

As strong as it gets for Liverpool, who are unchanged following their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last week.

Former City midfielder James Milner amongst the subs.


LIVE โ–ถ๏ธ

Cel Spellman, Kyle Walker and Joleon Lescott are live now discussing all things City ahead of tonight's game.

Head to the top of this page to watch!



XI | Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (c), Foden, Sterling, Jesus.

SUBS | Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, D. Silva, Mahrez, Cancelo, Otamendi, Doyle

Pepโ€™s made four changes to the side that beat Newcastle. 

Ederson, Rodrigo, Phil Foden and fit-again Eric Garcia return to the starting XI, with Claudio Bravo, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez dropping to the bench. 


Remember this ๐Ÿ˜…

THE moment in the game last time Liverpool came to the Etihad.

A title-winning moment, in fact.

It had everything. The relief when it hit the post. The shock when John Stones' clearance hit Ederson. The absolute fear as it rolled towards the goal. 

And then sheer unbridled joy as Stones hooked it away.

Not sure I'd want to go through it all again though. ๐Ÿ™ˆ


30-minute warning โ€“ Live matchday show

It wouldnโ€™t be a behind closed doors matchday without our aptly named Weโ€™re Not Really Here live show.

We have rejigged the lineup ever so slightly, with actor and City fan Cel Spellman once again sharing presenting duties with Kyle Walker (not our right-back). 

Joleon Lescott is our guest this evening, with the pre-match show beginning at 19:15 (UK). Watch it live at the top of this page.

If you like your pre-match build-up to be solely focused on City, this is the show for you!


Stat ๐Ÿ†

A reminder of how dominant ourselves and Liverpool have been in English football recently...

Between us we hold every trophy available.

City - Community Shield, League Cup, FA Cup

Liverpool - Premier League


A decade ago ๐Ÿคฏ

It is ten years since a certain Yaya Toure signed for City.

Amongst all his achievements (and there are plenty) can we all agree to never forget how good he was in 2013/14?

๐Ÿ”น 49 games
๐Ÿ”น 24 goals
๐Ÿ”น 12 assists



Get involved ๐Ÿ“ฑ

First things, first: We want to hear from you this evening! 

Wherever you are in the world, we want to know your thoughts and predictions and to see your matchday setup at home. 

Use #WNRH on Twitter to get involved and weโ€™ll make sure to feature some here in the Matchday Centre.


Good evening, Blues! ๐Ÿ‘‹


Another day, another game and that's exactly how we like it!

Liverpool arrive at the Etihad Stadium having taken our Premier League crown, but whilst on paper that means there is nothing to play for, a meeting between the two best teams in the country should prove to be quite the spectacle.

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have both been adamant there will be easing up now the title has been settled, which should mean we are in for a treat and ๐Ÿคž a City win.

Iโ€™m in position (in my living room, of course) and will be guiding you through all the pre-match build, match action and post-match reaction, but fear not, Rob Pollard is on hand to provide behind-the-scenes update from the Etihad.



Pep Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"In sport, you have to prove every time

"We are incredibly satisfied with what we have done and are doing, but for athletes it is never enough. The past is the past, we have entered our memories, but the show must go on. 

"[It is] a new chapter in our lives, we have to live it. The memories are nice but people who say I donโ€™t have to show anything, I donโ€™t completely agree. Every time you have to do it.

"We have a lot of games. We want to make a good performance and take a result, and against Southampton to arrive in the best condition for Arsenal [FA Cup semi-final].

"The best way to do this is to play well in the Premier League."


Tune in! ๐Ÿ“บ


It's matchday! โšฝ

Here we go again!

Hello and welcome to the Matchday Centre, as we build up to tonight's Premier League clash with City facing Liverpool.

It's Blue vs. Red at the Etihad Stadium in an 8:15pm kick-off and as always, we'll have all of the pre-match discussion, live coverage and post-match reaction right here.

Get in touch on social media using the #WNRH hashtag - we'd love to hear from you.


Other games that day

  • Sheffield United3
    Tottenham Hotspur1
  • Manchester United0
  • Leicester City0
    Crystal Palace0
  • Norwich City0
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers0
  • Chelsea0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 31 +49 86
3 Leicester City 32 +29 55
4 Chelsea 32 +13 54
5 Manchester United 32 +20 52
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 +11 52
7 Arsenal 32 +6 46
8 Tottenham Hotspur 31 +9 45
9 Burnley 32 -9 45
10 Sheffield United 31 -1 44
11 Everton 32 -7 44
12 Crystal Palace 32 -9 42
13 Newcastle United 32 -10 42
14 Southampton 32 -14 40
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 32 -10 33
16 West Ham United 32 -18 30
17 Watford 32 -20 28
18 Aston Villa 32 -24 27
19 Bournemouth 32 -24 27
20 Norwich City 32 -35 21
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