FT: Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2

Two points dropped for Liverpool but certainly a point gained for City who twice had to come from behind. The hosts were the better side on the day but gifted City both their goals and will be kicking themselves that they have not earned their first win of the new season.

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Suarez is booked for dissent before Allen hammers the ball high and wide from 25 yards.

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Kolarov's shot is blocked by Gerrard and City have a corner. Silva takes it and carroll heads clear but it drops to Tevez who volleys wide from the edge of the box.

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We will have a minimum of four minutes added time in what has been an enthralling encounter.

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Johnson does well to get in ahead of Dzeko inside the box as he looked to work a shooting chance.

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Sterling shows plenty of willing to track back and stop a City attack as we head into the final stages.

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Big finish from both sides as they go all out for a winner.

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Liverpool force a couple of corners with Suarez's fierce shot blocked before Carroll heads to the far post and it only needs a touch from a red shirt but City get it clear.

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Tevez leads a City break and plays it out to Kolarov whose cross into the near post is met by Dzeko who puts it over from eight yards.

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Suarez again tries to free himself in the box but Kolarov takes the ball off him.

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Johnson puts over a teasing cross but carroll is beaten to it by Kompany.

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Andy Carroll comes on for Borini.

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Shelvey lets fly from 25 yards and it's just inches over the City crossbar.

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Skrtel had been awesome until that point but a rush of blood looks to have cost his team.

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GOAL! Skrtel plays a back pass without looking and lets in Tevez who rounds Reina and rolls him his 100th league goal.

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Coates gets in a vital block with Tevez busrting forward.

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Suarez wriggles past Kompany and almost gets a run in on goal, but Kolarov gets across to take it off him.

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Dzeko, who has barely had a touch since coming on, turns in the box but blazes over and I can't decide if it was a cross or a shot.

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Final throw of the dice from Mancini and certainly it was a surprise that Silva did not start.

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David Silva replaces Milner as City make their final change of the game.

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The Liverpool striker plays in a clever pass aimed at Borini's run into the box but Kolarov reads it well and heads clear.

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Suarez and Kompany are spoken to after a brief difference of opinion.

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Johnson powers into the City box and goes down under the challenge of Kolarov but strong penalty appeals are waved away.

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The hosts are knocking the ball around and City are having to chase it which will sap their energy going into the final stages.

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Milner threatens to burst into the area but Enrique gets in a vital block to rob him.

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Borini takes the ball off Zabaleta and bursts forward but his cross aimed for Suarez is cleared as the volume is turned up again by the home fans.

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Brilliant strike from Suarez who has been fairly quiet by his standards, but City will have to plenty to say about the fre kick being given in the first place.

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GOAL! Suarez bends the ball around the wall from 25 yards and into the bottom corner.

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Enrique replaces Kelly.

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Gerrard's fierce drive strikes Rodwell and a free kick for handball is given.

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A scrappy goal from a Liverpool point of view with two chances to have cleared the danger.

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GOAL! Reina flaps at a Tevez cross and Kelly allows the ball to bounce off him and it falls to Yaya Toure who cannot miss from four yards.

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Mancini is not afraid of making changes but Balotelli did not look too pleased at having to come off.

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That change will be made and it's Balotelli who makes way.

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Dzeko also looks as though he is ready to come on as Mancini looks for a way to get his side back in the game.

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Change for City sees Jack Rodwell on for Nasri and not the warmest of welcomes for the former Evertonian.

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Balotelli almost gifts Liverpool an opening but with hart out of his goal, Suarez plays the ball into the box but it is headed clear.

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Johnson and Milner battle it by the corner flag and the result is a goalkick to City. Milner has certainly been more defensive than attacking so far.

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Shelvey is back on and looks to be running OK so Liverpool are at full strength again.

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Corner to City but Nasri's header is cleared at the near post by Skrtel.

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Balotelli goes down after a challenge from Coates but no foul is given - very strange!

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Shelvey needs treatement and gingerly leaves the field.

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More intent from City in the early stages after what were no doubt some harsh words from Roberto Mancini at the break.

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Kompany brings down Suarez and the free kick is played quickly and Allen gives the ball away - his first mis-placed pass of the game.

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Liverpool win the ball and Borini plays the ball inside for Suarez who doesn't get a clean strike inside the box and his effort trickles wide.

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Sterling is again penalised for a foul, this time on Kolo Toure, when it looked as though it was the other way.

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Milner is fouled by Sterling and Kolarov whips the bal into the crowded box but it's overhit and drops behind for a goalkick.

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No changes at the break and City get us back under way.

"So glad my beloved Reds are ahead, we've fully deserved it, Sterling's been class, Joe Allen 100% pass completion and a bullet from Skrtel, confident we can see this through if we carry on this way. I say 2-1 to Liverpool with one for Suarez and Touré scoring for City," says Elijah Handley.

"On the road at Anfield is much different than at home to QPR and Southampton so I don't see City being able to get a win in this one with the way Liverpool look. 2-0 Liverpool with a late goal by Borini," says Shawn.

Gabriel Sutton says: "I think Mancini has made a mistake in his slightly defensive choice of starting line-up, especially not to include David Silva from the start. Whilst City might have edged the midfield at times, they've lacked that penetration going forward. Credit to Liverpool for getting their noses in front but I still think City will be back in it if they make a change early enough."

Liverpool recovered well from the early loss of Lucas and deserve to be ahead. Once they upped the tempo, City were pushed back and Skrtel's emphatic header means the champions have plenty to do if they are to get something from the game.

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We will have a minimum of one minute added time as Sterling is penallised for a foul on Balotelli. Kolarov takes it but it's against the wall and Nasri's follow up is blocked as the whistle is blown.

44
Sterling powers past Milner but his cross is blocked and then cleared.

43
Another corner for City but again Liverpool clear their lines with few problems.

42
Johnson concedes a corner but Shelvey clears Nasri's poor delivery at the near post.

41
City enjoy some possessuion and will be glad to stop Liverpool pressing forward.

40
Allen slides an inch-perfect ball into Suarez who turns and fires wide from the edge of the box.

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The teenage winger goes down on the edge of the City box after a tussle with Kompany, but play is waved on.

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Sterling tracks back well to halt Nasri's forward run and he has also performed well so far.

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Questions have been asked of Gerrard regarding his ability to play in this new system, but it is he who is pulling all the strings.

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Liverpool continue to press and a second goal here would put them well on their way to a first win of the season.

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We'll now see what City have got as they have not shown too much so far in the final third.

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Liverpool will say it was deserved fior all their pressure but City will look at their marking - or lack of it - as the Slovakia international was given a free run in the box.

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GOAL! Gerrard takes the resulting corner and Skrtel meets it with a bullet header from seven yards.

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Gerrard whips a brilliant ball into the near post which is sliced by Kompany over his own bar.

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Twice Liverpool plays crosses into the box but on both occasions City head clear.

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Balotelli finds space in the box and twists and turns himself into a shooting opportunity but blazes over from 16 yards.

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A first-time shot from Shelvey looks goalbound but it hits Yaya Toure and City can finally clear their lines.

28
Suarez loses the ball in the box after a clever first-time pass from Gerrard - good pressure by Liverpool.

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Johnson plays the ball into Borini on the edge of the box and he turns smartly but sees his shot half blocked for a corner which is cleared.

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Johnson looks to take the ball off Milner but the home fans are incensed when a free kick is given.

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Not great work by the Spanish keeper then with Tevez lurking behind him.

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Nasri bends it to the far post and Reina comes but fails to get a touch and is relieved to see it drop behind for a goalkick.

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Kelly barges into the back of Balotelli and City have a free kick on the edge of the box.

22
Play has really opened up in the past few minutes which is great for those of us lucky enough to be watching!

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Sterling once more gets past Toure and is brought down but play is waved on. Suarez picks it up and goes into the box and is then dispossessed.

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Tevez blasts in a shot from 20 yards that hits Coates in the penalty area but handball appeals are waved away.

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It could so easily have been 1-1 as Borini should have scored after getting ahead of his marker, while Liverpool enjoyed a huge slice of luck at the other end.

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Tevez chases what appears to be a lost cause and plays it across goal - it glances off Kelly and hits the inside of the far post before Reina pounces on it.

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Brilliant cross by Sterling after he skipped past Toure and a precision cross to the near post is met by Borini but he stabs it wide from six yards.

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Good work by new signing Joe Allen sees him close down Tevez and force a goalkick.

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Suarez bursts into the box but is crowded out by two defenders and City are able to clear.

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An even strat to the game and neither side has fully settled.

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City look to respond but Tevez overhits a cross and it's a goalkick to Liverpool.

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Suarez tries to play in Borini but his pass is overhit and City have a goalkick.

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Replays show the ball hit zabaleta in the midriff so the right decision by referee Andre Marriner.

10
Coates plays a long ball out to Sterling who cuts inside two defenders and lays it off to Borini whose shot from the edge of box hits Pablo Zabaleta but penalty appeals are dismissed and rightly so.

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Skrtel does foul Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov tries his luck from 35 yards but Reina makes the save.

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Kelly launches a long ball downfield but it's too strong for Suarez and Joe Hart gathers.

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Balotelli almost falls over an advertising hoarding as he tussles with Skrtel, but it's a Liverpool throw.

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A big roar from the home fans as Sterling makes progress down the left and lays the ball into Suarez but he loses out to Kolo Toure.

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The change is made with Shelvey on for the unlucky Brazilian.

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Johnson fires wide from the edge of the box as Lucas tries to run off the injury but Shelvey is stripped.

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An early problem for Lucas who is clutching his thigh and it looks like he will have to come off.

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Decent cross by Samir Nasri, but Balotelli is beaten in the air by Martin Kelly who heads clear on the penalty spot.

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Liverpool ghet us under way attacking a noisy Kop end and keeper Pepe Reina gets an early touch before playing the ball downfield.

"Think Ciy will suffer without Aguero so 2-0 to Liverpool," says Aaron Middleton.

Gabriel Sutton in Birmingham says: "I think Liverpool might get something from this game. It was a dreadful display against West Brom last week and I think they need to react with a much better performance today. I don't think they will nick all the points because of the quality in this Man City team so I'll go for a draw. 1-1 - Gerrard and Tevez to score."

Charlotte from Preston says: "Glad Raheem Sterling is getting a chance in this big game, what a winger! Should be a good match and hopefully a win for the Reds!"

"Manchester City look a good outfit, looking for Balotelli to explode in the absence of Aguero. Liverpool won't lie down easily so I say City to win 1-0 through Mario," predicts Giri in Australia.

"Massive Liverpool fan here and I think the Reds can definitely test City today and hopefully go all the way, I think 3-1 to Liverpool!" says Ben from Bradford.

"City 4-0, Nasri with a double, also Tevez and Balotelli to get one each. Worst Liverpool team I've seen in years and they will be lucky to finish in the top 15 this year," says Kevin Flynn.

Glasgow taxi driver David says: "Just heading home to watch the match after a long shift! Liverpool will need to win this to put down a marker for the season to prove they can push back into the top six. If City can get a win, it will set them up and could even rule Liverpool out of the running for champions league places at this early stage. Sorry Reds, it could be another long season. City 2-1."

"I can't wait to see Raheem Sterling on his first Premiership start. Hope all goes well for him as he looks like a true talent. Nice to see Coates start instead of Carragher. I'm hoping for a 2-0 Liverpool win. Just hope Borini and Suarez can put the ball in the back of the net, instead of squandering chances," says Jason Leigh.

"Coates to start, Carra on the bench? Has Brendan Rogers forgot to put sun block on his head?" asks Marc Tornya.

"Liverpool always seem to raise their game against the big teams. And lose to the lesser ones! With the crowd behind them from the go anything is possible in this one. They just need to believe", says James.

Full line-ups are as follows - Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Coates, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Borini, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Jose Enrique, Carroll, Henderson, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey. Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Toure, Kolarov, Toure, De Jong, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Dzeko, Savic, Rodwell, Silva, Razak. Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Mario Balotelli made his first start for Manchester City since April as the Barclays Premier League champions made five changes at Liverpool this afternoon. The controversial Italy striker replaced the injured Sergio Aguero while there was an unexpected recall for defender Kolo Toure in place of Joleon Lescott. Playmaker David Silva and new signing Jack Rodwell dropped to the bench and Gael Clichy missed out as James Milner, Nigel de Jong and Aleksandar Kolarov came in. Liverpool handed a first league start to 17-year-old striker Raheem Sterling in a side which also included Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini. Sebastian Coates took the place of suspended defender Daniel Agger.

"I see it so critical for Liverpool, we cannot ffind ourselves losing six points in a row, Gerrard, Luis and the guys must really fight hard for the points, City are a very respectful side to play against but surely beatable. I say 2-0 to Liverpool, says Mazin.

"Looking forward to today's game! Hoping that Man City will perform and won't suffer with the loss of Aguero. My prediction is 3-1 City. Come on the Blues!" says Liam Banks-Carr from Manchester.

"So happy for Raheem Sterling finally getting a start, he will show everyone that its a risk that is going to pay off. Despite losing 3-0 to West Brom last weekend, I think Liverpool will win 2-1 with Raheem and Suarez scoring," says Charlie.

News from Anfield is that Raheem Sterling starts for Liverpool, while Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez return after being rested for the midweek Europa League win at Hearts.

Ant Hudson from Manchester says: "Big City fan and hoping for a win at Anfield today although liverpool are strong against big teams. Big chance for Balotelli to prove himself today with Aguero injured."

"I can see City winning this by a big margin, maybe 4 or 5 goals as Liverpool are in a downward spiral, and unless they learn to play together I can easily imagine Liverpool finishing below 8th," says Kieran Higgins.

Andrew from Haslingden says: "Think Liverpool really need to stamp their authority on this game from the word go - Liverpool to win 3-2 in a classic!"

"I think Liverpool have a chance as Aguero isn't playing but it will still be hard. We'll either get thrashed or scrape a late 2-1 win!" says Matt Miller.

Sean Higgins says: "Big Liverpool fan but not fussed about the result today as long as the application and commitment is there. In Brendan we trust - but it's going to take time and this, on paper, is our hardest home fixture of the season. Come on Liverpool ... YNWA!"

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Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of today's Premier League clash between Liverpool and champions Manchester City at Anfield. The teams go into their second match of the new campaign with contrasting fortunes, with Liverpool having lost their opener 3-0 at West Brom while City recovered from 2-1 down to edge out Southampton 3-2. Team news to follow and, as always, we welcome your views so send them to simon.crawford@bskyb.com and I'll publish the best ones.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  
16:10
Everton v Man Utd  
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom  
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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