FT: Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2

What a game at Anfield, and what a result for Liverpool! Stay with us for a full match report and all the reaction from Anfield.

Clattenburg blows the final whistle!!!

We're into added time on added time.

Sterling makes way for Lucas as Rodgers runs the clocks down a bit more.

Handball by Zabaleta on the edge of the Liverpool box. A few more seconds tick away.

Henderson is sent off for a very late lunge on Nasri after overrunning the ball.

Johnson attempts a quick free-kick near the halfway line, but gives the ball straight to Demichelis.

Nasri swings it in, but straight into the grateful hands of Mignolet.

Five additional minutes to be played. City have a corner.

Zabaleta goes to ground under pressure from Flanagan in the box but Clattenburg is not interested.

Goalscorer Coutinho departs to a standing ovation with Victor Moses joining the fray.

Sterling looks to play in Suarez on the break, but the flag is up again.

Nasri's kick is headed up in the air by Johnson and Mignolet punches away under pressure just off his line.

Free-kick for City on the right of the Liverpool box as Coutinho slides in on Zabaleta.

Five minutes to go, plus stoppages. Still plenty of time for more drama at Anfield.

Flag is up again against Suarez after he is played in behind the defence by Allen.

Henderson attempts to play in Suarez, but Demichelis gets to the ball on the stretch.

Demichelis climbs highest in the area to head Milner's corner towards goal, but Mignolet can gather.

Corner for Man City - their fifth of the game. Milner swings it in and Liverpool clear, before Silva forces another corner.

The Anfield crowd, who had been quietened by the City resurgence, are now back in full voice.

Coutinho puts Liverpool back in front!!! It's a gift from Man City as Johnson's routine throw is headed up by Clichy, before Kompany completely fluffs his clearance and Coutinho produces a sweet first-time finish beyond Hart's despairing dive from the edge of the area.


Zabaleta is booked for an earlier foul on Coutinho.

Sterling earns a throw for Liverpool as Demichelis hacks away under pressure.

INCHES AWAY!!! Aguero gets away from Skrtel on the left before threading a low ball across the area which Silva looks certain to convert, only for the ball to be agonisingly too far away from his slide.

City continue to press and Liverpool hold firm as first Milner and Silva look for openings in the box.

Suarez has the ball in the net, but again the flag is up after Henderson's ball back across the box following some slick Liverpool passing.

Coutinho finds Suarez on the edge of the box, but Kompany reads his intentions and clears. The Liverpool man is the in one-on-one with Hart, but the flag is up for offside.

Suarez goes to ground again under pressure from Kompany on the halfway line, with the City skipper advancing deep into Liverpool territory before the home defence clears.

Liverpool go back on the attack and Henderson finds Suarez, who threads a lovely ball through to Allen in the area. The sub attempts a clever back-heel, but City clear.

Final change for Man City. Dzeko makes way and Sergio Aguero is sent on. Nice option to have on your bench....

Great save from Mignolet!! The Liverpool keeper has to be at his best to keep out Dzeko's drive from inside the box, before Nasri whips a shot wide.

Liverpool make a change with Daniel Sturridge being replaced by Joe Allen.

Another big, big call for Clattenburg to make. Suarez goes around Kompany in the box before going to ground in the area. No penalty, but no action against the Liverpool man either.

An incredible shift in the momentum here. City served warning of what they were capable of in the closing stages of the first half, and have now pierced the Liverpool defence on two occasions.

What an astonishing turnaround!! City are back on terms as Nasri feeds Silva in the box and his low shot deflects off Johnson's toe and beats Mignolet at his near post.


Liverpool hit City on the break, with Sturridge breaking into the box. He elects to go alone and Zabaleta gets his tackle in, with Suarez again screaming for a pass.

So close for City!! Dzeko is inches away from levelling but just cannot get a toe onto Silva's low cross.

Skrtel completely misses his clearance as Liverpool are rocking but Gerrard tidies up.

Some silliness between Suarez and Silva as City look to get the game back under way, but Clattenburg restores order.

Great play from City as Milner and Fernandinho exchange passes before the England man's low cross is turned home from eight yards out by Silva. Game on!!


Sloppy play from Kompany in defence, but he gets away with it as Clichy cleans up under pressure from Suarez.

Silva has the ball in the net, but the whistle has already gone after Milner allowed it to run out of play.

Sakho slides in after Kompany aims a pass towards Milner and Nasri.

Poor touch from Clichy sends Sterling racing away, but his touch is poor and it goes through to Hart with Suarez screaming for the ball.

City want Suarez booked for diving, but Clattenburg is not interested. Replays suggest the Liverpool man has been rather fortunate there...

Coutinho plays in Suarez, who goes to ground under a challenge from Demichelis, but Clattenburg gives nothing.

Great tackle from Skrtel to slide in and get to the ball ahead of Fernandinho after Milner's nutmeg on Gerrard.

Second change for City, with James Milner on for Jesus Navas.

Nervy moment from Sakho as he almost leaves Mignolet short on a backpass with Dzeko lurking, but the keeper is able to clear.

Great feet from Sterling as he gets away from three City men near the halfway line, before letting himself down after advancing towards goal with a poor shot from the edge of the box.

Loose touch from Johnson as he attempts to collect a pass down the right and City have a throw.

City get the second half under way. No changes from either side.

What a half of football at Anfield. Liverpool were out of the blocks at an incredible pace and Man City simply could not live with them. Sterling's goal was superb, before Skrtel took advantage of some poor marking to double the lead. City recovered in the closing moments despite losing Toure to injury early on and are not out of this game yet.

Clattenburg brings the half to a close.

Sublime ball from Sterling to release Suarez into the box, but Kompany is across to challenge.

Two additional minutes will be played.

Fernandinho goes into the book for an off-the-ball body-check on Suarez.

GOOD SAVE FROM MIGNOLET!!! The Liverpool keeper plunges to his right to keep out a first-time effort from Fernandinho after he was found by Navas.

Drama in the Liverpool box from the resulting corner as Mignolet fails to gather cleanly, but he has cover behind from Sterling and Johnson who clear off the line.

City go close! Great run and cross from Navas down the right before Silva heads just wide.

Mignolet gets away with a scuffed clearance which hits Silva on the edge of the box, but the ball deflects away from the City man and Liverpool clear.

Greedy from Coutinho as he is presented with possession and advances at a retreating City defence. He has options left and right but elects to shoot and misses the target. Suarez, in particular, is not impressed.

Good headed clearance from Clichy after Sterling gets away from Garcia.

Suarez holds off Demichelis and attempts and ambitious long range effort, but is way off target on this occasion.

Johnson looks to get forward down the right, but shows too much of the ball to Clichy, who puts it out of play.

City look to build, but Silva loses his footing near the touchline and Liverpool have a throw deep in their own half.

Silva's free-kick hits the bottom of the wall before Clichy's poor cross is gathered by Mignolet. Complete waste of that opportunity.

Free-kick for City in a very dangerous position just outside the box as Coutinho brings down Dzeko.

Not the best delivery and Kompany is able to clear City's lines.

Corner for Liverpool as Fernandinho blocks an attempted cross. They need to switch on here....

Clumsy challenge from Sakho on Dzeko on the corner of the box, but Clattenburg gives a goal kick. An escape for Liverpool there, as replays show he got nothing on the ball.

Mignolet punches Nasri's corner clear and Liverpool harry City so much that the ball is back with Joe Hart in the blink of an eye.

Great tackle from Gerrard to deny Dzeko as he shaped to shoot in the area after being played in by Silva.

Jesus Navas attempts a clever flick into the area, but he puts too much on the pass and Mignolet can gather with ease.

Coutinho finds Suarez, whose ball into the box is just ahead of Sterling. Hart races off his line but Sturridge gets to the ball first, only for the angle to be against him and the ball goes behind.

Skrtel is in action at the other end of the field to deny Dzeko, before Liverpool go close to a third.

Manchester City are simply not in this game. Simon Mignolet has had nothing to do and Liverpool look rampant at the other end of the field.

From the resulting corner, Gerrard swings in a ball to the near post which Martin Skrtel rises to glance a header beyond a helpless Joe Hart. 2-0 to Liverpool!!!


STUNNING SAVE FROM HART!!! Steven Gerrard is left totally unmarked seven yards out and his powerful free header is superbly pushed over the top.

City have their first decent spell of possession, but Liverpool stand firm. The home side then launch a quick counter and Sturridge earns his side a corner.

Henderson finds Johnson, whose ball into the area towards Sterling is cut out by Kompany.

Silva is penalised for a foul on Suarez as they contest the ball outside the box. The City man is not impressed.

Corner for City as Navas and Silva combine, with Flanagan cutting out the winger's cross.

Javi Garcia makes an instant impression - going through the back of Henderson near the halfway line and earning a needless booking.

Liverpool take the throw and sportingly return the ball to their opponents.

Big blow for Man City, as midfield talisman Toure limps to the sidelines and Javi Garcia comes on.

Toure is now down on his knees in the centre of the pitch and Nasri puts the ball out.

Toure's loose touch gifts the ball to Coutinho, who finds Flanagan in an advanced position, but his cross is cut out.

Javi Garcia is warming up, with Toure still not looking comfortable.

So close to 2-0!!! Raheem Sterling does superbly well out on the right, getting away from Gael Clichy and sending over a peach of a cross which is perfect for Sturridge to convert, but he guides it just the wrong side of Hart's far post.

Toure tries his luck from outside the box but is way off target. Of more concern for City fans is that the key midfielder is now holding his left knee.

Vital block from Zabaleta as he cuts out Suarez's attempted ball to Sturridge, before the Liverpool striker is penalised for a foul.

City's first attack, as Toure and Silva play a one-two, before the Ivory Coast midfielder is penalised for pulling back Johnson in the box.

More good play from Liverpool, spreading the play back and forth across the field, before Glen Johnson swings over a cross towards Suarez, but Hart can gather with ease.

More great play from Liverpool as they cut through City down the left flank, with Sturridge then dinking a ball in towards striker partner Suarez, only to see it headed away.

Sterling showed absolutely incredible composure for the goal. The youngster could easily have snatched at the chance first time, but he took his time to confuse both Hart and Kompany before slotting home. What a goal, what a start to this game.

Liverpool keep pressing and a corner from the right is flicked away from Sakho's head by Dzeko.

Raheem Sterling breaks the deadlock with a superb finish!!! Luis Suarez wins the ball and holds off Clichy and Demichelis before slotting a sublime pass through the defence. Sterling takes his time, turns Kompany, and then rolls the ball beyond Hart.


Early booking for Suarez as he loses the ball to Demichelis and then slides in late on the Man City defender.

First shot in anger comes in from Coutinho, but his effort from outside the box is dragged well wide of Joe Hart's goal.

Slightly frenetic in the opening exchanges, but now Liverpool are looking to keep the ball and look for an opening.

And the City captain's knee is tested twice more, as he turns away from Suarez and then slides in to cut out a through ball. All seems OK so far...

Early touch from Kompany as he seizes on a loose touch from Suarez to clear his lines.

Liverpool are attacking the Kop in the first half and the home fans are back in full voice.

Liverpool get the game under way. Here we go.

An immaculately observed minutes' silence from the Liverpool and Man City fans.

The Kop is now a mosiac which reads: "96 - 25 years."

The players now gather around the centre circle to pay tribute to the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

Scarves and arms are held aloft on the Kop and all around Anfield as 'You'll never walk alone' is played.

What a reception for both teams as they take to the Anfield playing surface for the pre-match formalities.

The referee for today's match is Mark Clattenburg.

The two teams are in the tunnel and ready to make their way out onto the field and into an astonishing wall of noise.

Kick-off is just over 10 minutes away now and the atmosphere inside Anfield is building incredibly. The noise at kick-off is likely to take things to a new level.

Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish take to the field at Anfield and are presented with a floral tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy by a Man City delegation including Mike Summerbee. The City supporters also hold aloft a banner to show their support.

Luke Batts has been in touch to say: "Watching from Australia, hoping for a 2-0 Liverpool win - Gerrard screamer and Sturridge tap-in of a Suarez master show."

And Graham says: "Graham Neilson here with Evelyn in Florida on holiday from Scotland. Both mad Liverpool fans hoping for a win but know it will be tough against a good Man City team. Fingers crossed!"

Ian Ashman writes: "Warm regards from an exiled City fan in Spain. I can see a goal frenzy this afternoon. I am going for a 4-3 victory from my beloved Blues. City goals to come from Yaya, Nasri, Dzeko and Kun with the winner."

Opta stat No.5: This game will see the two players with the most goals from dead-ball situations in the Premier League this season (free kicks + penalties) - Steven Gerrard (12) and Yaya Toure (10).

Opta stat No.4: The only forward partnership in Premier League history to score more goals than Suarez and Sturridge have this season (49) is Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole for Newcastle in 1993-94 (55).

Opta stat No.3: This game sees the meeting between the two highest scoring sides in the Premier League this season - Liverpool (90) and Man City (84).

Opta stat No.2: Man City have only won one of their previous 16 Premier League matches at Anfield (D5 L10), with that win coming back in May 2003.

Opta stat No.1: Liverpool have won all four home meetings with fellow members of the top seven so far this season, scoring 14 and conceding just once.

Time for a few pre-match stats from our friends at Opta as kick-off approaches.

Ross Brown reckons: "Liverpool to win 2-0. Demichelis won't cope with the pace of Sturridge and that could prove costly in this tight title run in."

Roger King in Seattle writes: "A great day for Liverpool fans and a mark of how much we have improved. Let's all take Brendan's advice, stay calm and confident and enjoy this massive occasion."

Chris Green says: "This is going to be a tight encounter, but I can't see the Merseysiders losing this if they can make the most of home advantage. Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Man City, with Henderson and Suarez scoring the goals."

Liverpool fan Matthew Horgan writes: "Very excited for today's game, I think Liverpool will score at least three goals. It just depends on how tight we are at the back I think on an emotional day we will get the win and therefore go on to win the league. YNWA! My score prediction will be 4-1."

Vincent Kompany has been out on the Anfield turf warming up alone and is now heading back into the dressing room. There were concerns over his fitness due to a training ground knee injury sustained on Friday, but he is in the starting XI.

DR is watching from Chengdu, China, and says: "Have been eagerly awaiting this fixture and shall watch it as opposed to just keeping an eye on the Sky Sports Score Centre. Hoping the 'Pool win it at a prediction of 2-1, Hendo to score."

Kirsty Marsh, from Tenby, reckons: "Going to be a tough game today, no matter what happens. Hoping for a great afternoon of football! I'm going for a 3-2 win to City with goals from Dzeko, Toure and Aguero. Finishing work at 1.30pm which gives me seven minutes to head to the pub! Come on City."

Natasha Gordon has been in touch to say: "I'm a Liverpool fan from Scotland, heading to work and nervous as hell! I'm hoping for a 2-1 win for Liverpool with Skrtel getting on the scoresheet. Although, I would take a 1-0 all day long! COYR! JFT96."

David Delaney writes: "I reckon this will be explosive from the outset with Liverpool having the majority of possession. I reckon 1-1 at half time and 2-2 at the finish with Silva breaking Merseyside hearts with a late goal. A great day to be a complete neutral."

OK, so the teams are in, and the main news is that Vincent Kompany starts for Man City, despite fears over a training ground injury, but there is no place for Sergio Aguero in the first XI, although he does make the bench. Liverpool are unchanged from the side who beat West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park last weekend.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Negredo, Kolarov, Garcia, Aguero

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Toure, Agger, Aspas, Moses, Allen, Lucas

If you want to have your say on today's clash, then drop me an email to rob.parrish@bskyb.com or via Twitter @RobParrish75 and I'll publish a selection of the best prior to kick off. Let me know where you're following the game from, any score predictions and just how tense you are....

The Liverpool players must then put their raw emotion to one side and focus on overcoming one of their main rivals in the fight for the Premier League crown, with Chelsea - who are still to visit Anfield - in action at Swansea later today.

Today's match will kick-off at 1.37pm in a further mark of respect to those who died.

All games across the country this weekend have been preceded by a minutes' silence to remember the 96 men, women and children who died while attending the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

It is certain to be an emotionally-charged afternoon at Anfield, as the club pays tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy 25 years ago.

Liverpool have their title destiny in their own hands as they target a first top-flight crown since 1990, but City will present a significant obstacle for Brendan Rodgers' side as they sit four points adrift, but with two games in hand.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live and interactive coverage of today's vital Premier League clash.

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