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Liverpool vs Manchester City at Anfield

Anfield Referee : Paul Tierney
3rd October 2021 4:30 PM (BST)
  • 2 Liverpool

    • ‘59' Sadio Mané
    • ‘76' Mohamed Salah
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘69' Phil Foden
    • ‘81' Kevin De Bruyne


Commentary By George Kelsey


That's all folks!

...And breathe!

Safe to say we've been treated to an absolute classic this afternoon.

City had to show real character to twice come from behind in the second half and earn a share of the spoils at Anfield.

We'll go into the international break with our heads held high after claiming a win and a draw away to two of the Premier League's best sides.

Make sure to keep across and the official Man City app for plenty of post-match reaction from Pep Guardiola and players.

See you next time 👋 


Guardiola on chat with Milner 🗣

"(We talked about) his golf swing!

"He is a better player than me and gave me some tips about golf. He's a nice lad.

"We talked about the game and yellow card. He was joking."


Guardiola on first seven games 🗣

"Our first game against Tottenham we were not together half the squad on holiday, worst game Southampton the rest we were really good.

"We compete and play with incredible personality, very pleased with the way we played, the result we cannot change it but the way we played in Stamford Bridge and Paris was similar and today we played massively well.

"Hopefully the players come back good from international break and move forward."


Guardiola on Bernardo 🗣

"There are some performances where it’s not necessary to talk about, just watch it.

"The performance speaks for itself.

"It was magnificent - he's a great player and an exceptional person."


More from Foden 🗣

"We know Liverpool are always going to have spells in the game, its how you deal with it and I thought we fought back really well when we went a goal behind.

"We have played the best teams in world football right now but those are the games players live for.

"There are a few teams in the title race this year and it will go right until the end of the season and it is just about putting points on the board."


Foden speaking to BBC Radio 5Live 🗣

"I'm really happy with the result, maybe on another day we could have got all three points but I am happy we haven't lost today.

"We know against Liverpool we have to keep 100% concentration because when the centre back has got it they like to put it in behind. So if you switch off for one second they can get in behind and score goals.

"I respect [James Milner] as a player, I used to watch him in the academy when he was at City. He was a great opponent to play against today, very physical and experienced."


Young Gun 👶

Phil Foden's equaliser made him the youngest player to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances against Liverpool since Romelu Lukaku achieved the feat in November 2013.

Our 21-year-old just keeps getting better and better.


Lescott on the last week 🗣

"It's been very good, very positive – performances don’t possibly echo the score-lines.

"In the league, the performances have been immense.

"We probably should’ve scored in the first half today but it’s a great result."


More from Guardiola 🗣

"The result is the result, we can’t change it, that’s not a problem.

"I know how difficult it is to play this team, I'm a big admirer of Jurgen, it’s always a challenge.

"The way we payed at Stamford Bridge, Paris Saint-Germain and today, we showed we’re a great team.

"A team is a great team for the way we lose games, the way we lost in Paris and way we drew today - it’s good. I hope we can just continue."


Guardiola speaking to Sky Sports 🗣

"What a game. That’s the reason why in the last years Liverpool and City are there because of the way we try to play.

"Congratulations to Liverpool and my players and staff. Unfortunately, we couldn’t win but we didn’t lose.

"That’s why the Premier League is the best, what an atmosphere.

"We’ve played the last three games really well and we are there."


David James on performance 🗣

"The equalisers were just rewards for City.

"Manchester City were the better team over the 90 minutes for me, and we had to be to come back from two goals down."


Phil Foden on Sky Sports 🗣

"It’s very difficult to come here with the fans, one of the most difficult places to come to and I feel we dealt with it very well today.

"It was end to end at times, it was such a brilliant game, on another day we would have come away with the three points.

"It was quite disappointing not to be ahead at half time but we kept the momentum going into the second half."


Lescott on second half 🗣

"I'm calmer now it's over - we knew they'd come out second half and have a spell.

"I was still confident we'd get back into it, but I did think it'd be tough when the second one went in.

"De Bruyne wasn't having his best game but top players produce in important moments."


Scores on the doors 🚪

The point means City remain one place and one point behind Liverpool as we enter the October international break.

A win for either side would have seen them sit top of the tree after seven matches, but instead it's Chelsea who hold that distinction.

The Reds sit second in the table, with City hot on their heels in third - two points off top.


Honours even

An enthralling game ends all square at Anfield.

City certainly had the better of the chances in the first half, while Liverpool perhaps edged the second.

The hosts twice got their noses in front through Mane and Salah, but Pep Guardiola's men showed grit and character to twice draw level through Foden and De Bruyne.

A share of the spoils on Merseyside! Stay tuned for plenty of post-match reaction.


Final countdown

Sterling skips away from a challenge on the halfway line and feeds De Bruyne, but his ball in to the onrushing Kyle Walker is cut out.

City still in possession as we look for one final chance to take all three points...


Rodri to the rescue! 😅

Heart in mouth situation for City...

The free-kick is whipped into the far post, Ederson comes for it but gets caught in a crowd of bodies.

It looks for all the world like Fabinho has a simple tap-in, but our holding midfielder makes a phenomenal last ditch challenge to block the goal-bound effort.

It would've been cruel on City... and the Spaniard celebrates the challenge as if it were a winner at the other end.


Fabinho in the book

Bernardo Silva in the thick of the action once again, evading the attentions of Henderson and Fabinho.

The latter is forced into making the challenge, tripping the midfielder around 25 yards from goal.

Kyle Walker takes the free-kick, but it's high and wide.


David Clayton at Anfield 🗣

"Absorbing second-half - like two heavyweights exchanging blows. 

"Think there is one more goal to come here - don't ask me which way, though!"



Kevin De Bruyne makes it 2-2!

City counter down the left, with Foden cutting the ball back for Kyle Walker.

The full-back can't make a proper contact, but De Bruyne races in uncheck to hit it towards goal with his left foot.

The strike is clean, but takes a deflection off Joel Matip en route to the net.

Game on in a breathless second 45!


Causing a Ster

A first chance for Raheem Sterling to scamper in behind as he's threaded through by De Bruyne.

The winger looks for Foden at the far post, but Joe Gomez clears the danger.

City are still in this one.


Liverpool back in front

Mo Salah, who's barely had a sight of goal, hauls the hosts back in front with an exquisite solo effort.

The Egyptian skips away from Cancelo, Bernardo and Laporte before finding the far corner.

A moment of individual brillance.


David Clayton at Anfield 🗣

"The perfect response - and the only response.

"It's taken the wind out of the Liverpool sails and is no more than we deserve.

"City fans going mad but still a big 20 minutes left here."

Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva is tripped by Milner as he cuts in from the left... Pep Guardiola is incensed that there's no further punishment for the defender, who is already on a yellow card.



GET IN! Phil Foden draws us level at Anfield! 💙 

Gabriel Jesus does really well to cut in from the right, skipping away from Curtis Jones and Fabinho before playing the ball into the winger on the left.

Foden takes it wide, skipping away from Milner in the process, before rifling an inch-perfect effort back across goal and into the bottom corner.

A lethal finish from City's standout performer so far!


David Clayton at Anfield 🗣

"One moment where we switched off and we're behind - City need to see out the next 10 minutes because Anfield is at fever-pitch just now and the home side are suddenly full of confidence."

Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus tries his luck from a tight angle on the right of the Liverpool box, but his effort is blocked by Milner.


Jota in the book

Diogo Jota is booked for a late challenge on De Bruyne on the City right.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling is getting ready to come on for City. 


Staunch City defending

Salah tries his luck from the free-kick, but Kevin De Bruyne is able to deflect the Egyptian's effort behind for a corner.

Liverpool play the set piece short, but Dias is on hand to chest the ball clear when it's eventually launched into the near post.


Liverpool chance

The ball goes in behind again to Mane, who battles for possession with Ruben Dias.

Ederson is off his line like a shot to steal in ahead of the Liverpool winger, but it's clear what the hosts' intentions are - press high and get the City defence facing our own goal.

Rodrigo trips Robertson on the edge of the City box, with Salah, Milner and Henderson all standing over the ball.


Liverpool 1-0 City

Sadio Mane puts the hosts ahead.

Salah skips away from Cancelo down the City left, cutting in and playing a clever reverse pass in at the near post to the onrushing Senegal international.

Ederson is off his line quickly to try and smother the danger, but Mane gets there first and calmly slots home the game's opening goal.


Cancelo in the book

Joao Cancelo is shown a yellow card for pulling back James Milner.

Liverpool's right-back launches the free-kick into the box, but once again City are able to snuff out the danger.

A far more evenly-match second 45 so far.


Cancelo'd out ❌

Mo Salah gets a first real sight of goal all game as he looks to take on Cancelo.

But as the Egyptian races towards goal, he takes a heavy touch and the Portuguese defender cuts out the danger expertly.

Excellent one v one defending from our left-back.


Liverpool chance

Jota in the thick of the action again.

The winger is muscled off the ball by Walker, but then nicks in ahead of our right back to win a foul down the City right.

The free-kick is whipped in by Milner, but Alisson punches clear.


Jota shot

Jota gets a shot off this time, turning away from Dias after latching onto Joel Matip's ball into feet.

The Portuguese international rifles an effort towards goal which stings the palms of Ederson.

That chance has got the Anfield crowd going again, but City are holding firm.


Rocking Ruben 💪

Diogo Jota with a half-chance for the hosts, as he picks up play around 25 yards from goal.

He fakes to shoot on his left to get away from Laporte and Rodrigo, but Ruben Dias is on hand to intercept on the edge of the area.

Excellent organisation and teamwork from City.


Early stages

Liverpool showing a renewed energy after the break in the early stages of the second half.

Salah feeds Milner in down the right, but the former City man's cross is smothered by Ederson.

Pep Guardiola's men still comfortably zipping the ball around, as Foden wins a foul by the touchline.


Back underway

The City players make their way out on the pitch ahead of the second half.

Foden and Gabriel Jesus are deep in conversation as they step across the white line, while Walker and Grealish share a smile.

A mix of laser sharp focus and relishing the occasion!


James on Salah threat 🗣

"The whole team is defending, so Salah isn’t getting the freedom.

"If City keep up the dominance then you expect to see Cancelo higher up the pitch in the second half."


James on second half 🗣

"We have to continue the intensity in the first five minutes of the second half.

"If we step off, that might help them back into the game.

"I think Pep will be in a good place in the dressing room."


Lescott on Foden's first half performance 🗣

"He was exceptional.

"We wanted to see a top performance from him and he’s delivered.

"Hopefully there’s a goal coming for him or someone else on the team in the second half."


David Clayton's half-time assessment 🗣

"Some of our passing and movement was breathtaking in the first 45. 

"Milner on a yellow now so expect Foden to see plenty of the ball after the break. Not often teams control Liverpool on their own patch but the Kop is quiet and City are well on top.

"The only concern is we should have one, maybe two goals. We'll have to do the same again after the break, because it's hard to believe Jurgen Klopp won't be giving his side a few choice words."



All square at the break.

City certainly the better of the two sides, with Foden in particular looking like a real threat down the left flank.

The winger has twice been thwarted by Alisson from close-range, and also saw a penalty appeal waved away.

More of the same will surely be the message from Pep Guardiola at Anfield.


City chance

Ederson - take a bow!

The goalkeeper has hit some incredible raking passes during his time in the City net, but that might be the best of the lot!

The Brazilian finds Foden from his own penalty box after our no.47 races in behind the Liverpool defence.

The winger attempts to skip around the onrushing Alisson, but the goalkeeper gets a foot to the ball to divert the danger away.


Fantastic Mr. Foden

James Milner's in the book for a foul on Foden down on the City left.

The stand-in right back is struggling to contain our winger at the moment and is cautioned for bringing the youngster down rather than allowing him to get in behind.

City certainly on the front foot, but it's still all square!


Half-time approaching

Liverpool can't get out of their own half at the moment, as City launch an intense press as soon as we lose possession.

But we still can't quite find a way to breach the hosts' defence... Kevin De Bruyne is next to try his luck from range but his effort is blocked by a crowd of bodies.



Another chance for City!

Foden whips a delightful ball into the back post, with De Bruyne racing in to meet it unchallenged.

The Belgian launches himself towards the ball but his diving header - while looking spectacular - is too high to trouble Alisson.

That would've been some goal if our midfielder had found the net!


Penalty appeal❓

Foden is convinced City should have a penalty as he goes down under the attentions of Milner, but his claims are waved away by Paul Tierney.

There was definitely contact as the winger scampered in behind, but whether it took place inside the box or on the edge isn't clear.

Grealish tries his luck as the passage of play continues, but his effort from a tight angle on the left is high and wide.


David Clayton at Anfield 🗣

"City and Liverpool fans exchanging views on whose support is better! I won't repeat the songs!

"We've settled well and created the better chances so far - Phil Foden sprints back up the left flank as soon as a Liverpool attack ends and James Milner having trouble keeping up with him."


In the book

Ruben Dias is shown a yellow for pulling down Diogo Jota just inside the City half.

The defender slipped when challenging for the initial ball over the top, and hauls his fellow countryman down to stop the counter.

Ederson comfortably catches the ball into the box from the free-kick.


De Bruyne dart 🎯

KDB goes close for City, whipping a vicious ball across the Liverpool box from the left.

It's hard to tell whether the Belgian is going for the bottom corner, or looking to feed in Gabriel Jesus at the far post... either way the ball sails away from danger without anyone making contact.

City are getting a good feel for the ball, and are picking it up in advanced areas much more often.


Getting stuck in

Foden's involved at the other end soon after that chance, doing enough to put James Milner off after the ball falls to the defender at the back post.

The Liverpool fans call for a penalty, but Paul Tierney isn't convinced.

Foden also ignores the appeals with a nonchalant wave as he gets back into position.


City chance 🔷

Bernardo Silva wiggles his way through a number of Liverpool challenges, slaloming between Jordan Henderson, Virgil Van Dijk and Fabinho to play Foden in behind on the left.

But the winger is closed down quickly by Alisson after taking a touch to set himself, and the Liverpool stopper does well to smother the danger.

A good chance for City, and phenomenal play from Bernardo to create it.


Sharp City 💪

Alisson's clearance under pressure from Grealish is poor, and Bernardo picks up play around 40 yards from goal.

He feeds Gabriel Jesus on the left, but the forward's cross is blocked for a corner.

De Bruyne chips a clever ball in behind after City opt to go short, but Foden is caught offside as he heads towards goal.


Positive play 💙

Another bit of positive play down the left from City as Bernardo floats a dangerous ball into the back post.

Gabriel Jesus forces Andy Robertson to head clear for a corner, but Alisson does enough to clear the subsequent set-piece through a crowd of bodies.

After weathering that early storm, City are starting to look a little more comfortable.


Half-chance for City

Both teams still fighting for a foothold in these early stages as Grealish gets his first real sight of goal.

The winger picks up play on the left from Cancelo, looking to cut in on his right and pull the trigger under the attentions of Joel Matip.

But our no.10's effort is blocked by the Cameroonian and the hosts can clear.


Fluid football ️⚽️

It looks like Pep has once again given our front three licence to change positions, with Grealish dropping centrally and Gabriel Jesus drifting out to the right.

Meanwhile, Ruben Dias commits a foul on Sadio Mane just inside the City half, but Henderson's eventual cross is well cleared by our number three.


Growing into the game

A first real spell of possession for City, as Grealish wins a tussle with Curtis Jones before we comfortably stroke the ball around the backline.

As Joleon Lescott mention on Matchday Live, getting through these early stages unscathed could be huge for Pep Guardiola's men this afternoon.


Liverpool's Mane man 🔴

Diogo Jota finds a pocket of space around 30 yards from goal, and looks to thread Sadio Mane in behind.

The winger's clever run in from the left is well monitored by Dias, and Ederson is able to comfortably collect before the Senegal international can get on the end of the pass.


David Clayton at Anfield 🗣

"Whether you are a fan of Liverpool or not, that rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' was pretty impressive.

"Very noisy here and the City fans joined in the minute applause for Sir Roger Hunt. Now we need to keep The Kop quiet for a bit!"

...De Bruyne does his best to do exactly that, but his through ball in behind the Liverpool defence is too strong for Jack Grealish.


End to end 😰

Henderson whips a ball in from the right, but Laporte and Rodrigo clear the danger.

City immediately launch a counter and Foden cuts the ball back into a dangerous area, but our left winger is flagged for offisde.

An exciting start to proceedings!


Safe hands

A long ball over the top looks for Sadio Mane, but Ederson is off his line to head the danger away.

The City stopper is going for his sixth successive Premier League clean sheet this afternoon - which would equal a club record!


In memory of Roger Hunt

A perfectly observed minute's applause ahead of kick-off for Liverpool's record goalscorer Roger Hunt, who was also part of England 1966 World Cup-winning side.

The forward passed away at the age of 83 earlier this week, and is remembered with a "Sir Roger" mural from the Kop End of Anfield.


Electric atmosphere ⚡️

City walk out of the tunnel with the travelling supporters giving them a rapturous applause as they line up for the pre-match pleasantries.

The Liverpool fans respond with a similar reception when the hosts make their way onto the pitch.

An electric atmosphere ahead of kick-off as You'll Never Walk Alone and Blue Moon ring out from each end ⚡️ 


James prediction 🗣

"City have to do what we did against Chelsea.

"I’m looking at possibly an end to end game.

"I’m going to go for 2-1 City."

Here's hoping, Jamo  💪 


Lescott prediction 🗣

"I’m hoping we just contain the pressure and atmosphere for the first 20 minutes, then grow into the game.

"If we subdue the atmosphere then that is good for City. We’ve got the matchwinners.

"James Milner's a great defender and a great player but if we can isolate him, he's probably the weakest defender of their back four."


Dynamic duo

Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte have won 12 of the 16 Premier League matches in which they've started together.

Even more impressively, they haven't conceded a single goal as a centre-back pairing so far this season.

They'll have to be at their best to continue that record this afternoon 🤞 


Matchday Live - get in touch 📱

Don't forget, if you want to send a question through to Joleon or David this afternoon - you can use the hashtag #mancity or WhatsApp on +44 7537 186538.

Time permitting, our special guests will answer a selection of viewer questions before kick-off, and following full time!


Lescott on Anfield atmosphere 🗣

"It's intense for every away team. The performance and result didn't surprise me last year.

"If you can get through 25 minutes it settles down but it's roaring.

"Let's not beat around the bush we've struggled at times when there's fans there but hopefully we can draw on last season's result."


David Clayton at Anfield 🗣

"Both teams continue their pre-match warm-up, City in bright sunshine and Liverpool in the shaded side of the pitch.

"Jurgen Klopp is standing just off the halfway line watching our lads go through their paces.

"Not sure why he does that but would be good to find out!"


Rodri on this week 🎙

"It’s so tough to have these huge games in a week, physically it is very demanding.

"We just focus on each game. We’ve prepared very good for the last two days.

"We come here to show ourselves that we can do it again."


Rodri on the return of fans🎙

"It’s always important, the crowd. The fans are an important weapon for them at Anfield.

"We just focus on our game and we can develop our game onto the pitch.

"It’s going to be a tough game but we realise that as a team we’ve done amazing performances in the last few weeks."


Rodri speaking to Sky Sports 🎙

"Every game is important, but this team has been a rival for us for the last few years. It’s a massive game.

"We’re in a very good dynamic and we’re coming here to win."


Lescott on team news 🗣

The former City man has his say on Matchday Live 👇 

"It’s a strong team, I’m happy with all the names.

"I'm glad to see Phil (Foden)in there and (Gabriel) Jesus too, he was the matchwinner against Chelsea and hopefully he can do the same today."


Full time at the Academy Stadium

A frustrating day at the office for Gareth Taylor's side, who have been edged out 2-0 by West Ham United.

Follow all of the post-match reaction live on and the official Man City app.


More from Pep Guardiola 🗣

“My first season we went there we lost 1-0 and we didn't play well.

“We lost in Champions League - and I know the way we played - and in other games we have shown personality to play there.

“Sometimes when you don't win it's because the opponent is good. We know them quite well. They know what we will do.

“If they weren't good, it wouldn't have been City and Liverpool at the top all the time in recent seasons.

“That's the biggest compliment we can have as a club. We prepare tomorrow for this game and then come back stronger for October.”


David Clayton at Anfield 🗣

"So, today marks the end of an epic eight days for City - a win at Chelsea, unfortunate defeat in Paris and now Anfield.

"A win, loss - and I'd take a draw now if offered against an in-form Liverpool (and on one of our unluckier grounds!)"


Stat attack 🔢

 🔹 Manchester City could equal our club record of six consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League with another shut out this afternoon.

 🔹 Our three previous away league fixtures this season have all finished 1-0, against Tottenham, Leicester and Chelsea.

 🔹 City's 12 league goals this season have been scored by nine different players (plus an own goal) - only Chelsea, with 10, have had more goalscorers.


City v West Ham Women update

Around 15 to play at the Academy Stadium and City are still searching for a route back into the game after West Ham's late first half strike.

You can follow all of the late action as it unfolds on CITY+.


Matchday Live 📺

Stay tuned to our live pre-match show, which gets underway at the full-time whistle of City's Women's Super League clash with West Ham.

Special guests Joleon Lescott and David James will be reacting to our starting XI at Anfield and having their say on how they see this afternoon's action panning out.

They'll also be discussing their combined City-Liverpool XI's - it's guaranteed to be a belter!


Two changes🔁

Pep Guardiola makes two changes from Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, with Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez making way for Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus respectively.

It’s the same team which battled to a 1-0 victory away at Chelsea last weekend, with plenty of world class quality to bring off the bench.

Fernandinho could become just the second Brazilian player to make 250 Premier League appearances should he be brought on as a substitute, emulating former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian.

And Raheem Sterling will be desperate to make a mark should he be given the nod later on, scoring two in his last three Premier League games against his former side.


David Clayton at Anfield 🎙

"Just a smattering of fans inside an increasingly chilly Anfield.

"Mostly blue skies overhead so let's take that as a good omen. 

"Liverpool and City fans will pay their respects to Sir Roger Hunt, who sadly passed away recently, before we kick-off."


Guardiola on getting excited for big games 🗣

"Absolutely, I get excited, nervous, and feel emotional pressure.

"If you don't have them for important games it's because this business is not for you.

“You maybe do not sleep well the day before or after if your performance is not good. This is what you have to do to live this life. 

“I have it before the game - will the plan be good? If you don't feel it, you are not for this business.

“You have to feel it.”


Pep Guardiola on Liverpool 🗣

“It’s a team that loves to attack space. Salah plays wide sometimes but Robertson and Alexander-Arnold like that wide space.

“They create gaps because of their movements. They create space in the middle and have high intensity in all places. It’s very Jurgen.

“If they win a lot of games it's because they are good. Not a lot of secrets. They won a Champions League and one Premier League.

“All the time they are competing. I admire that. No matter what the situation, they try to play their game.

“And Jurgen knows we are the same. We are who we are as a team. If it's going good, great, if it's going bad, improve.


James' combined XI 👇

We saw Joleon Lescott's pick a little bit earlier, but who has our former stopper opted for in his all-time City-Liverpool XI?

Both Joleon and David will discuss their picks on today's Matchday Live show - which is available on all digital platforms!


Cancelo on Klopp v Guardiola 🗣

"They are both great managers, two of the best managers in the world. It really depends on how you perceive football.

"I personally like Pep Guardiola more, not only because he is my coach, but for the football his teams play. I think wherever we go, our team always shows personality. We have a very defined style of play, and Liverpool as well. I think they have a different style of play and they are a very strong team.

“Personally, I like Pep more, because since I watch football, the best team I ever saw playing was Pep’s FC Barcelona. Since then, I have always wanted to be coached by him and I managed to make my dream come true."


Form Guide ✅

City travel to Anfield with a hugely impressive record in tow.

Pep Guardiola's men have kept five successive Premier League clean sheets, and deservedly ran out 1-0 winners at European Champions Chelsea in our last domestic encounter.

Nonetheless, Liverpool boast a similarly impressive recent run of form, putting Porto to the sword in midweek three days after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Premier League newcomers Brentford.

If any more incentive were needed, a win for either side this afternoon sends them top of the table ahead of the October international break.


Cancelo on City's tough week of fixtures 🗣

“Since I was a kid, I have dreamt of playing in a big club, playing in big games and being involved in the best football competitions, such as the Champions League and the Premier League.

“It was a very difficult week for us in terms of the calendar. We still have the game against Liverpool at Anfield. At the end of it, we will have probably played against three of the best teams in the world at the moment.

“For an elite player that dreams and aims for this, we need to be ready for the challenge. We have a deep squad, unfortunately with some injuries, but both myself and my teammates have shown we are ready.

“The defeat in Paris is part of the past and we are focused on the game on Sunday. We are going to do our best to try to get the three points.”


Combined XI 📋

Today’s Matchday Live guests are none other than two-time Premier League winner Joleon Lescott and former City and England goalkeeper David James!

In the build-up to today’s clash, we challenged them to name their combined all-time XI of City and Liverpool stars, past and present.

Joleon was up first... 👇 


Double gameday 🙌

It’s a double gameday for Manchester City, with Gareth Taylor’s side currently locking horns with West Ham United in the Women’s Super League.

The half-time whistle has just gone at the Academy Stadium and, despite being the dominant side so far, City find ourselves 1-0 down.

You can follow the second half live on CITY+, as we try and battle our way back against the Hammers.

A subscription costs just £1.99 per month, allowing the viewer to enjoy selected live broadcasts of Women’s, EDS and Academy fixtures, as well as full-match replays of each and every first team game.

Match action aside, CITY+ is also the place to watch plenty of original and informative documentaries such as Kevin De Bruyne – Made in Belgium and Shaun Wright-Phillips: City’s Homegrown Hero.


Early team news 📋

Pep Guardiola revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon that Ilkay Gundogan nd Oleks Zinchenko will both miss today's trip to Anfield.

However, the boss did qualify that he expects both to be fit and firing once the international break concludes.

He also added that there are no fresh injury concerns after the midweek defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.


History makers? ⏱

Following our 4-1 victory in last season's encounter, City stand on the cusp of breaking an 84-year record.

Should we get the better of Jurgen Klopp's men this afternoon, it would represent the first time we've registered consecutive league victories over Liverpool since a run of four between 1935 to 1937.

We also haven’t won consecutive league games at Anfield since January 1953.

Could those long-standing records be broken this afternoon?


How to tune in 📺

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event in the UK, while those living elsewhere can find out how to tune in by checking out our global TV listings.

Minute-by-minute coverage is also available right here in our Matchday Centre, or you can also follow the key moments on Twitter: @ManCity.

Highlights from the match can also be found from 20:15pm (UK), while CITY+ subscribers can also enjoy a full-match replay from midnight on Sunday.


Hello 👋

...And welcome to today’s Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool.

It’s a battle between two of this season’s early pacesetters, with the league’s joint-strongest attack facing off against its meanest defence at Anfield.

The match gets underway at 16:30pm (UK), but before then we’ll bring you plenty of build-up to the action, including Pep Guardiola’s team selection in one hour’s time and our pre-match show – Matchday Live!

Stay tuned for comprehensive coverage of a massive Premier League encounter, including minute-by-minute match updates, statistics and post-match reaction in equal measure.



Matchday Live 📺

Former City duo and England internationals David James and Joleon Lescott will be special guests for this Sunday’s edition of our live show, which gets underway at 15:30.

The pair made a combined total of 260 appearances for the Club, and will offer their thoughts on Pep Guardiola’s current crop, predictions ahead of kick-off plus plenty of other City-centric anecdotes and insight throughout proceedings.

James and Lescott will reconvene for a quick half-time debrief, before returning for more in-depth analysis of all the game’s twists and turns after the final whistle.

Available on all digital platforms, including right here in our Matchday Centre, our live show is a must-watch for supporters who enjoy a City-centric feel to their match coverage.


It's matchday! ⚽

City are back in Premier League action and what a game we have in store this afternoon...

The Champions travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in a crunch, top-of-the-table clash.

It's a 16:30 (UK time) kick-off in Merseyside and as always, we'll bring you all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre, plus and our official app.

It's a big one... How are you feeling ahead of the game? Share your thoughts using the hashtag #mancity or via WhatsApp on +44 7537 186538 and let us know who you'd pick to start the game.


Other games that day

  • Crystal Palace2
    Leicester City2
  • Tottenham Hotspur2
    Aston Villa1
  • West Ham United1

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Chelsea 7 +12 16
2 Liverpool 7 +11 15
4 Manchester United 7 +8 14
5 Everton 7 +5 14
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 7 +3 14
7 Brentford 7 +4 12
8 Tottenham Hotspur 7 -4 12
9 West Ham United 7 +4 11
10 Aston Villa 7 +1 10
11 Arsenal 7 -5 10
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
13 Leicester City 7 -3 8
14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
15 Watford 7 -3 7
16 Leeds United 7 -7 6
17 Southampton 7 -5 4
18 Burnley 7 -6 3
19 Newcastle United 7 -8 3
20 Norwich City 7 -14 1
Link To Full Table