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Manchester City vs Liverpool at Etihad Stadium

FT
Etihad Stadium Referee : Anthony Taylor
10th April 2022 4:30 PM (BST)
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘5' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘37' Gabriel Jesus
  • 2 Liverpool

    • ‘13' Diogo Jota
    • ‘46' Sadio Mané

#mancity

Commentary By Neil Leigh

19:42

Goodnight from me

And relax.... that's all from me this evening.

Thanks so much for your company - after what can only be described as a Premier League classic with Liverpool.

And we end the day as we began it - on top of the table with a vital point advantage on Jurgen Klopp's side.

Now the focus switches to that huge Champions League quarter-final decider away to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, brief highlights from today's win will be available from 8.15pm on mancity.com, while you will also be able to watch a full-match replay on CITY+ from midnight tonight.

We will be back for that big European night against Atletico on Wednesday. Until then enjoy the rest of your Sunday - and take care!

19:23

Pep: 'This is not over'

More from the boss:

"In Anfield (in October) we played incredible first half and it was the same result here. I had a feeling that we missed the opportunity to get the full points.

"This is not over. I would say the same with a defeat and with a victory. We know what we have to do. Madrid, then the FA Cup semi-final then finish the Premier League as strong as possible."

19:18

Pep: 'I'm so proud of my team'

Pep Guardiola's verdict:

"We faced them. It is a good advert for the Premier League. It was a fantastic game with both teams trying to win the game. Unfortunately we did not win, Liverpool are a joy to watch with all the threats they have up front. 

"We performed very well and I’m so so proud of my team. We performed incredibly well. Both teams know with seven games left we have to win them all, we’re going to play for that."

19:00

Let's get ready to rumble (again!)

A reminder, if any were needed, that City and Liverpool meet again at Wembley in six days time in the FA Cup semi-final.

If today is anything to go by we are in for another absolute belter.

Can't wait!

18:56

Henderson: 'Liverpool will keep going'

Jordan Henderson's full-time verdict:

 "City don't drop many points, we know that. We have to concentrate on ourselves and win as many games as possible.

"If they slip up we have to be there right behind them. We'll keep going until the end." 

18:53

Quality street

I thought the 2-2 draw at Anfield back in October was one of the finest Premier League matches I had seen.

This if anything surpassed it.

City were magnificent in so many facets of our game but Liverpool showed their ability too.

It was everything you would want a game of this magnitude to be - except for a late City winner perhaps!

18:49

Richards: 'City were outstanding today'

Micah Richards' view:

"On fixtures Liverpool, have the harder run but every game, one at a time. It is going to be tough no matter what

"I thought City were outstanding today The levels of fitness, quality, decision making. I thought City had the better chances. In that first half I thought City had more than Liverpool." 

18:44

More twists and turns in store?

Despite the hype, nothing was going to be decided today.

And as KDB pointed out in his post match interview both sides have seven tough games ahead of them.

The nature of the Premier League means there could yet be more twists and turns between now and the end of May.

18:38

KDB: 'We need to play like that for the rest of the season'

More from KDB:

"I know a lot of people said that whoever wins today gets the title but I don’t think either team thinks that way.

"The schedule is so hard for both teams to win all the remaining games, but the way we played today is the way we need to keep playing for the rest of the season."

18:36

KDB: 'I thought we were excellent today'

Kevin De Bruyne's reaction:

"It was hard but to be fair we played excellent.

"We should have scored more and it is what it is.

"I think we had the upper hand and we keep going.

"I think it was great game and we created enough to win the game."

18:26

Level best

A win would have been huge but we'll take a draw.

Our title destiny is still in our hands - and we would take huge confidence from the way we played especially in that first 45 minutes.

18:24

As you were

We end the day as we began it.

City still top of the table by a point from Liverpool.

Wow. Don't know about you know but I need a sit down after all that.

Pulsating match full of quality.

Open
90'+4'

So close!!

Arghhh. Riyad Mahrez has the chance to win it for City but scoops a great chance over the bar as he cuts inside and shoots from just outside the box.

Open
90'

City hit the post

Mahrez lets fly with the setpiece from 25 yards and the ball crashes into the outside of the post!

Could not have been nearer

80'

Arghh

Brilliant work by Mahrez and De Bruyne almost fashions an opening for City.

KDB tries to pull back to the Algerian in the centre of the box but Matip is there to clear

Open
78'

Liverpool change

From the corner the ball falls to Henderson on the edge of the box and City do well to block.

That is is his last contribution as he is replaced by Keita

Open
71'

Arghh

City have a fine chance but take the wrong option.

De Bruyne wins possession and tees up Jesus on the overlap.

There are two or three City players steaming into the box but Jesus opts to shoot and the ball goes into the side netting.

Pep frustrated on the sidelines, he wanted Jesus to pass back

Open
61'

Blocked

The fans are urging City on and Jesus almost lifts the roof off the Etihad again.

He cuts back from the touchline comes inside in the box and lets fly but van Dijk blocks the shot

57'

Press to play

Bernardo presses down the left flank and turns in the box looking for support.

City build gain patiently but we can't fashion an opening and Liverpool clear.

Just waiting for a speak of inspiration again here

54'

Now Liverpool threaten again through that man Jota as he latches onto Alexander-Arnold's neat ball.

That second goal has really fired the visitors confidence

54'

City looking to build again as we probe and harry on the edge of the Liverpool box.

City looking to force mistakes from the Liverpool back line again

Open
52'

Nearly

Phew.

Robertson causes havoc again with a dipping cross.

Cancelo makes a mess of it but fortunately the ball doesn't fall to the waiting Jota.

Liverpool have started the better side here.

48'

Middle march

Bernardo has started the second half playing a little deeper in midfield.

Now Alisson has come to haring out of the box to head a long ball clear.

City just looking to refocus and go again

46'

Leveller

A real sucker punch.

Salah threads a fine ball through the centre of our defence it finds the onrushing Mane and he beats the onrushing Ederson.

HT

More goals to come?

Given the quality on display there are more goals in this game you do feel.

A third for City would be huge. Let's hope we can maintain that momentum.

HT

James: 'Jesus's strike was superb'

David James on Gab J's strike:

"I don’t like early goals, especially very early goals as nobody is in a rhythm. There was a lull but it didn’t last long.

"The goal itself was superb. City can hurt teams just by controlling the game and frustrating the opposition. The place started rocking again! "

HT

Goater: City moving the ball so well

Shaun Goater's half time verdict:

"I certainly have enjoyed it! The level of both teams and also the quality. This is why the game is so on edge. City are moving the ball but Liverpool can make the chances from a few passes."
 

HT

James: 'What a 45 minutes!'

David James' half-time verdict:

"Wow! What a 45 minutes. I mean, just wow. It’s been end to end. Some fantastic skills, goals, goals disallowed, we’ve had 90 minutes of football in 45 there."
 

HT

What a half!!

How are your nerves Blues?

Blimey that had everything - and the key takeaway is that we go in 2-1 to the good.

So much to admire about our play.

Jesus has been outstanding.

Open
45'

Hit the post

Now City hit the post through Laporte from De Bruyne's free-kick, with Alisson touching his effort onto the woodwork.

The flag was up though so would not have counted.

44'

What a tackle!!

Aymeric Laporte take a bow.

Big block from the City man there as Jota races through on goal.

The City man slid in and got his timing spot on.

Any mistake could have been fatal there!

41'

Solid Silva

Bernardo pops up in the City box to make a key clearance as the ball almost reaches Matip.

Let's try and retain that lead going into the break!


37'

What a strike

It's given!

The Brazilian times his run to perfection as he races on the right side of the box to meet a superb long ball.

There was still work to be done but he kept his composure and finished superbly past Alisson.

City deserve to be ahead.

Open
35'

Close!

Now Cancelo is within an inch of  a goal.

Picked out by a superb Bernardo long ball, the full back cuts inside before drilling a brilliant low shot which Alisson is relieved to see go just the wrong side of the post.

32'

Walk this way

Great work from Walker as he snuffs out a Robertson cross as Liverpool break at speed.

Henderson then overcooks a through ball as City look to clear our lines

A reminder of the visitors' threat on the break.

Open
30'

Close

KDB within a whisker of a second.

Cancelo was the architect as he powered forward on the left.

He cut inside before finding the Belgian in the box, Kev shots instinctively but the ball is just the wrong side of the post.

All of that came after Alexander-Arnold tried to catch out Ederson from 45 yards.


28'

Argh

Phil Foden does superbly on the left flank to twist and turn before finding the space to pitch in a superb cross.

However Kyle Walker and Jesus get in each other's way and the chance comes to nothing

24'

Close

Now its close at the other end as a City free kick sees Rodri racing in unopposed from the left edge of the box but his header goes wide much to Liverpool's relief.

Can't take your eyes off this for a second.

23'

Blimey...

OMG That was insane!

Walker feeds a ball back to Ederson on the goal line, the City keeper feigns to pass and the ball almost rolls over the line for a Liverpool goal before he clears with Jota haring down on him .

Not good for the blood pressure!

21'

Argh

So close as Sterling shapes to shoot on goal from 16 yards.

Rodrigo had won the ball back on the edge of the Liverpool box and as Raheem prepared to shoot the ball was nicked off his toes by Matip

20'

Almost

City build down the right flank once more.

Walker sees Foden making a fine run in the centre of the box and it takes a key van Dijk stop to force our first corner and deny Walker's teasing ball reaching Foden.

Open
16'

Alisson save

Now Jesus lets fly from 18 yards after fine work from Sterling.

That's easy for Alisson though.

Been impressed with Jesus so far though - he has started really well.

14'

Sucker punch

It was their first meaningful attack.

City had the chance to clear before Robertson fed the ball in from the left with an inviting cross, Alexandre Arnold was clear at the back and passed back to Jota who fired home from 8 yards.

11'

The running men

The City players are so full of energy and belief. They are harrying and pressing Liverpool at every opportunity.

Liverpool looking to build a period of possession and pressure for the first time.

The Etihad fans also playing their part. Great atmosphere

9'

Penalty appeal

Now Jesus gets in between Alisson and van Dijk and is sent flying.

He and City want a penalty but ref Taylor is unmoved.

Liverpool look rattled here.

5'

Get in

Just what we wanted!

From a quick free-kick, De Bruyne wriggles past two Liverpool before letting fly outside the box.

The ball catches Matip and goes in off the right hand post.

Brilliant start!!!

16:28

Sing it loud

Amazing atmosphere as the teams stride out onto the pitch.

The two best teams in the country going head to head for the title.

Do Sundays get any better?

16:25

Prediction times...

David James: I wouldn’t mind a 1-0 City win. The result is the most important thing!

Shaun Goater:
I think 3-1 City - Control is the main thing and killing it off!
 

16:19

James: 'We have four full-backs who play so differently'

David James on the key role of the full-backs:

"We have four full-backs that play so differently. Trent can defend, I hear this regularly that he can’t defend, but he can. His offensive qualities are so good, he can do whatever you want him to do.

"Then you look at Cancelo. He has had the most shots of any City player this season. Games like this are where I’m saying if you shoot then you better score. The quality that he has got is beyond shooting. This guy is amazing because he goes all over the field.

"Then you have Robbo and Walker on the other side, I just want them to have a race at one point in the game. This is so good!"

 

16:14

Stat attack (part four)

Substitutes have scored eight Premier League goals for Liverpool this season, a total exceeded only by Manchester United (10 goals).

Mohamed Salah is vying to score in a fourth consecutive Premier League appearance against Manchester City - the last player to achieve this was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who did so in five successive games between 2000 and 2003.

16:11

James: 'Ederson and Alisson are two of the very best'

David James on Ederson v Alisson:

"They’re two of the best. I love them both. I’m fortunate enough to have interviewed them both, they’re both very good people and friends too. Alisson told me they’re very good friends.

"They both play with each other with Brazil too. They’re exceptional. Ederson hasn’t had to do as much in recent weeks, Alisson has been called upon.

"From a City perspective that’s a good thing because it means Liverpool are getting exposed more. I love them both!"

 

16:02

Goater: 'I can't speak highly enough of how gets his teams to play'

Shaun Goater on the philosophy and input of Pep Guardiola:

"My level of knowledge is going up to another level working with the Academy and how they coach them, the level of information they’re given.

"I thought I knew a lot about the game, now I’ve been at the Academy, I can’t speak highly enough of how Pep seeks his teams to play."
 

15:59

Stat attack (part three)

Liverpool are winless in four Premier League games against Manchester City (D2, L2).

The Merseysiders have not kept a clean sheet in any of their past 11 league matches at Etihad Stadium.

This will be the 23rd competitive game between sides managed by Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. Each man has recorded eight victories, with six draws (including fixtures settled by a penalty shootout).

15:54

Goater: 'Liverpool's frontline a threat'

 Shaun Goater on Liverpool's attacking threat:

"Their frontline has pace and goals. You have to respect Liverpool’s frontline.

"They tend to end up in a diamond shape, Jota then arrives late and gets those goals.

"The City defence and the Liverpool attack makes it so exciting!"
 

15:47

James: 'Kyle Walker's pace is key'

David James on the return of Kyle Walker after suspension:

"Walker is one of my favourite defenders, he gets City out of a lot of trouble with his pace.

"There’s no other winger I can think of that can keep up with his pace. 

"We all know Cancelo is going to get forward on the other side with shots and assist. I’m also glad Stones is in!"

15:41

Goater: 'Jesus can provide pace in behind'

Shaun Goater on the inclusion of Gabriel Jesus in City's starting eleven:

"The thinking there is pace in behind. Liverpool love to press but we have a goalkeeper that is a quarterback and is better than anyone at passing.

"We can look at Ederson putting them passes through for Jesus and Sterling. When I see our frontline, that is what I see."
 

15:38

James: 'Pep's going for it!'

It's fair to say that David James is excited by City's line up this afternoon!

"Pep’s going for it! Any line-up for City is going to be strong enough. In this case we have Sterlng there, Foden and Jesus.

"If there was ever a question about if Pep wants to win this game or draw, this line-up answers it."

15:30

Here's how we line up today...

CITY XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus, Foden

Substitutes: Steffen, Aké, Gündogan, Grealish, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Mahrez, McAtee, Lavia

15:28

James: The biggest game anywhere right now

David James: "Is this the biggest game in world football right now? Yes - quite simply yes.

"This is a match that EVERYONE is talking about."

15:18

Pep: 'The challenge of Liverpool has made us better'

 

Pep Guardiola described at Friday's pre-match press conference how the challenge of a resurgent Liverpool had helped inspire City to seek to constantly improve over the past few years:

“Absolutely,” the City boss said when asked if the challenge of Liverpool had made his side better.

“When you achieve 100 points and after 98 points, you need someone to push you from behind to make you realise they are there and they are close.

“You have to make another step, that’s for sure. I don’t know what Liverpool is going to do but knowing the club and our chairman and CEO we want to grow and I am pretty sure we want to be there more years.

“I am pretty sure Liverpool and other teams are going to try and do it [as well].

“[For] both teams the most credit I give is the consistency through the years for many years. It is not winning one Premier League.

“It has been five years every three days. That is what I am proud of most.”

15:12

Stat attack (part two)

Phil Foden has scored in each of his past three appearances against Liverpool - the only player to net in four successive top-flight games against the Anfield side is Jamie Vardy, who did so in five consecutive fixtures between 2016 and 2017.

Riyad Mahrez is aiming to become only the third City player to score in six consecutive Premier League home games, after Uwe Rosler in 1994 and Alvaro Negredo in 2013.

15:00

Early team news

Today’s line-ups will be released in just over 30 minutes time, but we do already have an idea of who is and isn’t available after the managers’ media briefings earlier this week.

Pep Guardiola confirmed at his pre match press conference on Friday that, bar central defender Ruben Dias and young attacking midfielder Cole Palmer, City have a fully fit squad to select from.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp meanwhile confirmed that Fabinho will be fit despite suffering a cut in a clash of heads with Benfica's Nicolas Otamendi in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

14:55

Pep: 'I am learning all the time'

As always, Pep Guardiola was fascinating to listen to at Friday's pre-match press conference as he revealed how he was constantly learning and evolving as a manager.

“What I see there are many things, I am close (to Jurgen),” said Pep.

“We are quite similar in many things, but in the final third they are more ‘wow’ for the quality of player they have, but I learn a lot not just from Jurgen, but also from every manager I see in the Premier League.

“I’m curious to see the opponent what they do.

“This is the reason why I am a manager, to discover the shape they are going to play, and see how we can control them and do it, it's the only reason why I’m here sitting in front of you - the only one.

“It’s too much work and stress sometimes and you see the players are sad because they don’t play when they deserve to and you feel it’s your responsibility, that’s not good I don’t like it but of course I learn many things.

“That’s why I feel a better manager now than when I started."

14:53

Stat attack (part one)

Manchester City have won eight of our past nine home league matches, with the exception being a 3-2 defeat by Tottenham on 19 February.

We have also conceded a league-low one headed goal in the Premier League this season.

Pep Guardiola's side have kept 18 top-flight clean sheets in the current campaign, a figure matched only by Liverpool.

14:39

Get involved 📱

As always we are keen to get your thoughts and insights ahead of today’s game.

Of course, when you throw the emotional backdrop of a Manchester derby into the mix and what the game means to the fans it only further whets the appetite.

So, what are you expecting from today’s game? What team would you pick?

Let us know your thoughts using #ManCity on Twitter and, don’t forget, you can ask a question to our Matchday Live panel by messaging +447537186538 on WhatsApp. 

Audience participation is very much encouraged!

14:35

Tune in 📺

David James and Shaun Goater are today’s Matchday Live pundits in the studio at the Etihad Stadium.

The show begins at 15:25 (UK) with an hour of pre-match build-up and our panel will reconvene at both half-time and full-time to share their thoughts on the action at the Etihad.

As always it will provide a healthy dose of City-centric entertainment and analysis, and, whilst I may be biased, it is the perfect accompaniment to your matchday.

We’ve also got you covered during the game, as Alistair Mann and Andy Morrison are providing audio commentary, which you can listen to right here in the Matchday Centre. 

Both Matchday Live and match commentary can be accessed at the top of this page.

14:30

It’s City v Liverpool!!

Good afternoon!

And a very warm welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s eagerly anticipated Premier League clash at home to Liverpool.

I think it’s fair to say this is the one we’ve all be waiting for.

It’s top versus second with just a point separating City from our Anfield visitors.

It’s also the meeting between England’s champions in each of the past four seasons and with just eight games of the season remaining many pundits have tagged today’s match as a potential title decider.

With several tough encounters lying in store for both, there could yet be more twists and turns of course.

But what isn’t in doubt is that this is the game that has captured the attention of just about everyone.

The match kicks-off at 16:30 (UK) and you are in the right place to follow all the action, as I’ll be providing live updates throughout the build-up, match action and post-match reaction.

Stay tuned for a sky-blue tinted take on proceedings!

City v Liverpool

Hello!

Welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Premier League clash with Liverpool.

With a single point separating the league's top two teams, games don't come much bigger than this encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

Kick-off is at 16:30 (UK) on Sunday 10 April and you can follow all the action right here in the Matchday Centre.

Minute-by-minute text updates will begin two hours before we get under way, whilst our Matchday Live show, with guests David James and Shaun Goater, starts 60 minutes before kick-off.

And, during the game, you can also listen to live commentary from Alistair Mann and Andy Morrison.

This is a game you don't want to miss, so make sure you tune in!

Other games that day

  • Brentford2
    West Ham United0
    FT
  • Leicester City2
    Crystal Palace1
    FT
  • Norwich City2
    Burnley0
    FT
  • Tottenham Hotspur0
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
    KO
  • Watford0
    Brentford0
    KO
  • Southampton0
    Arsenal0
    KO
  • Manchester United0
    Norwich City0
    KO

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 31 +57 73
3 Chelsea 30 +41 62
4 Tottenham Hotspur 31 +19 57
5 Arsenal 30 +9 54
6 West Ham United 32 +9 51
7 Manchester United 31 +7 51
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 +5 49
9 Leicester City 29 -3 40
10 Crystal Palace 31 +3 37
11 Brighton and Hove Albion 31 -9 37
12 Aston Villa 31 -4 36
13 Brentford 32 -9 36
14 Southampton 31 -15 36
15 Newcastle United 31 -20 34
16 Leeds United 32 -30 33
17 Everton 30 -19 28
18 Burnley 30 -19 24
19 Watford 31 -31 22
20 Norwich City 31 -43 21
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