Man City vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League result and reaction as Trent Alexander-Arnold nets late equaliser

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low finish ten minutes from time earned Liverpool a point against Manchester City as the Premier League‘s top two played out a 1-1 draw.

A relatively even contest never quite burst into life at the Etihad Stadium as two familiar foes kept each other largey in check.

Erling Haaland had put Manchester City into a first half lead, latching on to a through ball from Nathan Ake after an errant clearance from Alisson before firing into the bottom corner past the Brazilian goalkeeper.

It was the Norwegian’s 50th Premier League goal, the striker achieving the mark in his 48th game to comfortably break Andy Cole’s record.

And Haaland very nearly added a second a matter of moments before Alexander-Arnold equalised up the other end, Alisson’s block crucial and sparking the counter attack from which the right back neatly tucked home.

The draw ends a 23-match winning run at home for Manchester City, who could be overhauled at the top of the table if Arsenal beat Brentford later on Saturday.

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Manchester City vs Liverpool live

  • Man City draw with Liverpool in top-of-the table Premier League clash

  • City remain top of the table, one point above Liverpool

  • 80’ GOAL! - Alexander-Arnold fires in the equaliser (MCI 1-1 LIV)

  • 69’ DISALLOWED! - Dias pokes one home but it gets ruled out after a VAR check (MCI 1-0 LIV)

  • 52’ CHANCE! - Alvarez fires over the top after City counter-attack (MCI 1-0 LIV)

  • HT - City take a slim lead into the break after Haaland’s opener (MCI 1-0 LIV)

  • 27’ GOAL! - Haaland guides a fine finish past Alisson to put City in front (MCI 1-0 LIV)

Manchester City FC 1 - 1 Liverpool FC

Pragmatism hands Liverpool route to challenge Man City - both for one game and for 38

15:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The longer a run goes, Jurgen Klopp had said, the more likely it would end. And if it appeared like wishful thinking when he delivered the thought, a day earlier, events – and Trent Alexander-Arnold – made the Liverpool manager sound prophetic 24 hours later. Manchester City had won every game at the Etihad Stadium in 2023, every match since a rather less celebrated manager, Frank Lampard, earned a 1-1 draw with a rather less talented Everton team.

Almost 11 months later, Klopp and Liverpool secured the same result, halting City’s winning run on their own turf at 23 matches – one short of the English record set by Sunderland in the 1890s – and keeping the gap between these two teams at one point.

Pragmatism shows Liverpool can challenge Man City - both for one game and 38

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15:56 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool take on LASK in the Europa League on Thurday night before Fulham visit Anfield on Sunday. That 2pm GMT kick off comes a couple of hours before Manchester City take on Tottenham in another vital fixture at the top end of the Premier League. RB Leipzig are the midweek opponents for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Micah Richards labels Man City’s performance ‘very disappointing’ after draw with Liverpool

15:45 , Michael Jones

Micah Richards labelled Manchester City’s performance against Liverpool “very disappointing” after the Premier League champions let a one goal lead slip at the Etihad Stadium and had to settle of a share of the points in Saturday’s early kick offs.

City started the match on the front foot with Nathan Ake bringing a scuffed clearance from Alisson under control before driving past Trent Alexander-Arnold and slipping a fine pass into the box for Erling Haaland. The Norwegian striker brought up his 50th Premier League goal with a quick touch and spin before slotting the ball past Alisson.

The hosts had a second goal disallowed after Manuel Akanji was judged to have fouled Alisson before Ruben Dias tapped home from close range but City never fully took control of the game.

Micah Richards labels Man City’s performance versus Liverpool ‘very disappointing’

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s impact against Manchester City wasn’t just the one you see in highlights

15:37 , Karl Matchett

Perhaps this was another hint, another example, another reason why Trent Alexander-Arnold seems to both want to play further up and why, eventually, he must.

The early knockings of this fixture looked like it might be about who performed the switching six role better: the Liverpool man from right-back as usual, or Manchester City’s central defender Manuel Akanji, stepping forward to sit alongside Rodri. That rotation of position has become commonplace for both teams and continued here, albeit in different ways, and hinted that it might be a decisive factor early on.

But it wasn’t; not really, not for a vast majority of the game. Until it was, and Alexander-Arnold secured a 1-1 draw with his late, bottom corner strike.

Alexander-Arnold’s impact at Man City wasn’t just the one you see in highlights

Pep Guardiola vows to stay with Manchester City even if they drop into League One

15:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he would stay at the club even if they were relegated to League One should they be found guilty of breaking Premier League financial rules.

City’s fate has been brought back into focus following Everton’s 10-point deduction last week, but Guardiola insists the two cases are completely separate.

The Toffees were docked 10 points for breaching rules over a three-year period, while City are awaiting a ruling after being charged in February with more than 100 alleged breaches of the competition’s financial fair play regulations between 2009 and 2018. The club denies all the charges.

Asked whether there could be any severity of punishment which would make him consider his position, Guardiola replied: “It’s a good question. I will answer when I have the sentence.

“You are questioning like we have been punished. And in the moment we are innocent until guilt is proven. I know the people want it. I know, I feel it. I will wait.”

Pep Guardiola makes Man City vow — even if they are ‘relegated to League One’

Banner flown over Etihad Stadium calling for release of activist in UAE

15:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A banner calling on Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and the club’s fans to help free a human rights activist was flown over the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

A plane carrying the banner ‘UAE: Free Ahmed Mansoor’ circled over the ground early on in the Premier League fixture between City and Liverpool.

Human rights campaign group Amnesty International organised the flyover and is calling on the United Arab Emirates authorities to act. Sheikh Mansour is the country’s deputy prime minister.

Banner calling for release of activist in UAE flown over Etihad Stadium

Jurgen Klopp seems happy enough with a point

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“It is a really good moment, to be honest,” Klopp begins on Sky. “It’s a tough place to come. It’s a place where you have to be ready to suffer. I think if we would have played really well today, we would have won; we didn’t, we played ok. Their good moments we felt more, so we had to push ourselves again and go out and give it a proper try, adapted slightly. Unfortunately we’ve lost Diogo now, with a muscle, and maybe Alisson as well. We’ll have to see.

“I told the boys at half-time we could be much better. We had to settle a little bit. Putting Trent [Alexander-Arnold] in a different position defensively plus Dom[inik Szoboszlai] and Mo[hamed Salah] closing that gap better in the second half gave us much more stability, and from there we could play football ourselves. I have nothing to complain about.

“Trent made a difference today, not just because he scored, but in a lot of other moments as well. He had a good game.”

Everton fans fly plane over Etihad Stadium protesting the Premier League

14:56 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A bit of news from the skies above the Etihad Stadium - Everton fans paid for a plane to fly over Manchester during the marquee fixture of the weekend in an apparent protest against the points deduction levied by the Premier League last week. Michael Jones has the full story:

Everton fans fly plane over Etihad Stadium protesting the Premier League

Trent Alexander-Arnold reacts to Liverpool’s point

14:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“It’s definitely a result that is better than what we got here last year,” Alexander-Arnold tells Sky Sports. “We haven’t had too many good results here in general, to be honest - we’ll take the point. It wasn’t an amazing performance from us at all. We had our chances to win the game.

“I don’t think we played particularly well, first half especially. The way they set up really challenged us - it’s difficult to play against. I thought we came out in the second half with a bit more of a gameplan to press them. Subsconciously, when you play Manchester City you’ve got a lot of respect for them, so you stand off them a bit. In the second half, we put that respect to the side.

“The way they broke us down was around the sides, and likewise us. It wasn’t really a game for penetrating through the middle. They have a lot of bodies in there.

“There was potentially a gameplan to stop me getting the ball in midfield - that’s what it felt like in the first half, a bit of man-marking. I think Bernardo Silva was very close to me a lot when I was pulling inside. I could be completely wrong, but I’m pretty sure that was the gameplan. I think I adapted to it.

“I got the ball from Mo and thought, ‘hit the target’. Obviously it was a good finish into the bottom corner and one that we needed. There have been many times where we’ve played a lot better against Manchester City and lost - to get the point is a good result. We’ve dug in deep today and got that point.”

FT: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

14:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That draw means Arsenal will go top if they win at Brentford later. Here’s the goal that earned Liverpool a point.

FT: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

14:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A flashpoint after the full time whistle, Darwin Nunez and Pep Guardiola having to be separated. Manchester City and Liverpool couldn’t be, though - honours even at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola is embracing Jurgen Klopp soon enough. The German will be more pleased, of course, having ended Manchester City’s long home winning run - but neither will be too worried about a point apiece from a game that never quite burst into full colour.


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Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 90 + 8 minutes

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Two foot wide! So nearly for Manchester City, Erling Haaland driving to the near post and beating Wataru Endo in the air. A skip off the deck and just past the post with nobody in sight to tap it home!

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 90 + 7 minutes

14:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

What are you doing, Alisson?! Two horrific clearances gift Manchester City possession, and the Brazilian goalkeeper is very fortunate that neither is capitalised upon.

He’s in bother, now, though - his hamstring has gone and Liverpool are out of substitutions! The goalkeeper can barely move but will have to survive a corner at least...

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 90 + 6 minutes

14:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The time is ticking away for Manchester City and their chase for a winner, though. All of Erling Haaland, Bernardo Silva and Jeremy Doku are in a finishing position as Phil Foden crossed, but none of them the correct one to connect with a slightly shallow ball.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 90 + 4 minutes

14:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Erling Haaland is funnelled into a tight spot by Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the Norwegian earning a throw-in to allow his teammates to come forward in support.

Blocked! A tidy touch from Jeremy Doku bounces kindly for Bernardo Silva, whose crisp volley strikes Liverpool legs.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 90 + 3 minutes

14:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Wataru Endo is the next player carded for a clip of Jeremy Doku’s heels.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 90 + 2 minutes

14:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ordinarily, you’d expect Pep Guardiola to have injected fresh legs by this stage, but there’s not much on his bench that will excite the Spaniard in an attacking sense. Still those gesticulating arms of his are busy, though, Guardiola conducting his players as a nearby Jurgen Klopp shoots him a curious look.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 90 minutes

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Eight additional minutes of spare change have been collected across the half - plenty of time yet for a winner.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 89 minutes

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Manchester City let their frustations show - Bernardo Silva is booked for dissent after a teammate takes a tumble.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 88 minutes

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The corner ends up in Alisson’s hands and then beyond the Liverpool goalkeeper’s line, but only thanks to a biff in the back from Manuel Akanji. This foul is rather clearer than the one that denied Ruben Dias a goal earlier - a quick consultation with VAR is required but the foul is upheld.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 87 minutes

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Wataru Endo heads behind. Corner.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 86 minutes

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Jeremy Doku takes a tumble after contact from Joel Matip, who wags a finger in vain as Chris Kavanagh goes to his pocket. A couple of studs to the ankle will do it, Joel - a clear free kick and another chance for Manchester City.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 85 minutes

14:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool use their final two changes: Harvey Elliott and Wataru Endo are introduced, with Darwin Nunez and Alexis Mac Allister withdrawn. Pep Guardiola is still yet to make an alteration with that under-strength bench showing.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 83 minutes

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Or not - Liverpool’s wall is appropiately formed and Julian Alvarez fails to get the right amplitude.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, 82 minutes

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How can Manchester City respond? A free kick on the edge of the Liverpool area might offer an opportunity...

GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 LIVERPOOL (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 80 minutes)

14:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool are level!

What a finish from Trent Alexander-Arnold! Just like that, the visitors venture out of their own territory with purpose, Alexander-Arnold taking up that slightly infield position as Cody Gakpo and co. threaten the right. A touch and a sharp shot evades the blocking legs to nestle in the net 26 seconds after Haaland was denied up the other end - precise and prompt from Liverpool!

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Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 79 minutes

14:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Almost a second! Fabulous feet from Jeremy Doku as he steps around Joel Matip, and Erling Haaland so nearly turns home at the near post. Alisson and a defender combine to keep it out, somehow!

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 78 minutes

14:05 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool aren’t offering a huge amount to encourage their travelling supporters. Manchester City are holding firm, keeping their visitors at arm’s length as they bid to hold on to this narrow lead.

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Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 76 minutes

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Over the bar! Julian Alvarez’s free kick is nicely directed, and Erling Haaland rises with command - too much, it transpires, a healthy bounce off his blond bonce sending the ball flying over Alisson’s crossbar.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 75 minutes

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Darwin Nunez tracks the play all the way back into a left-back area, and rather shows a striker’s tackling skill - he’s the first man into the book for a barge in the back of Phil Foden.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 73 minutes

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And here is the Netherlands international; Dominik Szoboszlai is replaced.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 72 minutes

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Ederson claims the corner rather too easily. Cody Gakpo is limbering up on the touchline.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 71 minutes

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Sharp! Good play from Liverpool up the right as we enter the final 20 minutes, Mohamed Salah’s angled pass rolling invitingly into Darwin Nunez’s pass for a snapshot. Ederson saves at his near post - corner kick.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 70 minutes

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A clipped free kick from Bernardo Silva curves beautifully onto Rodri’s head, but the Spaniard had gone too soon, and his header isn’t particularly pretty anyway.

NO GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 69 minutes

13:57 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Chris Kavanagh’s decision of no goal is upheld! The ball was swung in from the left and Alisson rather made a hash of his attempted collection under pressure from Manuel Akanji. There is a hand on the shoulder from the leaping Manchester City man, which both the referee and video assistant Stuart Attwell deem worthy of a foul - Ruben Dias is denied.

GOAL? VAR will take a look...

13:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ruben Dias stabs in from a metre but has Manuel Akanji fouled Alisson?

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 67 minutes

13:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Manchester City have just ratcheted up the intensity. Jeremy Doku is being given more and more time and space up the left, and Liverpool are forced to slice a clearance behind for a corner.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 65 minutes

13:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Rodri releases a shot from 25 yards and has that struck a Liverpool hand? Nope! A good decision from Chris Kavanagh, correctly ruling that it came off the derriere of a turning Ryan Gravenberch.

Manchester City’s corner, but it is too deep for Ruben Dias to make anything of a far post header.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 63 minutes

13:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

There still hasn’t been a card, by the way, in a largely incident free game. Chris Kavanagh’s only real involvement so far has been to heed the offside calls of his assistants - the latest over-eager runner is Phil Foden up the right.

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Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 61 minutes

13:49 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool are growing and growing. A superb cross from Dominik Szoboszlai nearly travels all the way through to Darwin Nunez, with Ruben Dias’s toe timely, before Virgil van Dijk directs a header into Ederson’s midriff.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 59 minutes

13:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A Nathan Ake sliding tackle takes a nick off Darwin Nunez’s boot but a corner is given, with Pep Guardiola therefore relieved that his defence is once more well formed. Manchester City don’t quite clear their lines, but Jeremy Doku and Erling Haaland pincer Joel Matip to clear.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 58 minutes

13:46 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Kyle Walker isn’t afforded the same attacking freedom he used to be but he’s still such a threat when he does come forward, that effortless turn of speed shown as he latches on to a diagonal. Erling Haaland is, perhaps, slightly too far withdrawn, though, and Walker fails to find a teammate after controlling.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 57 minutes

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An authoritative header from Erling Haaland to clear Tsimikas’s inswinger. The Norwegian does make a pretty imposing front post pillar.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 56 minutes

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Nathan Ake is forced to turn the ball behind as he is caught out by the flight of a chipped pass to Mohamed Salah. Kostas Tsimikas to take.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 54 minutes

13:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Changes for Liverpool: Diogo Jota has hurt himself and limps off, and Curtis Jones is coming off, too. Luis Diaz and Ryan Gravenberch enter the fray.

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Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 52 minutes

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An excellent take from Ederson, thrusting his hands out to pluck a floated corner out of the air. His throw fails to find Phil Foden but Manchester City’s next attack is rather more threatening, Jeremy Doku burning Alexis Mac Allister, whose cynical tug back fails to end the Belgian’s charge.

Doku finds Julian Alvarez, who fires on goal first-time with his left boot, but doesn’t get an ideal connection and sends his effort over the bar.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 50 minutes

13:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A Liverpool free kick is cleared reasonably easily by Manchester City. The visitors come again through Mohamed Salah, but though he nutmegs Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji is across in time to shepherd the ball behind for a goal kick. Those two left-sided Manchester City defenders have combined well in partnership so far.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 48 minutes

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Liverpool have a momentary fright as a Nathan Ake handball goes unspotted by Chris Kavanagh, but the referee whistles soon enough on advice from an assistant to halt Ake’s attempt to release a teammate into space up the left.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 47 minutes

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Manchester City get going immediately after the interval, threatening both edges but not making a telling burst. Nathan Ake is tugged back and falls theatrically to the floor, ensuring a just free kick.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 46 minutes

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And we are back up and running in Manchester.

Second half...

13:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A little huddle in the tunnel from the Manchester City players before they follow Liverpool out into the afternoon chill. The second half is imminent.

HT: Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool

13:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Haaland will take the first half headlines but that was a rather lovely assist from Nathan Ake, who has also kept Mohamed Salah largely in check so far.

HT: Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool

13:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A compelling half, as was to be expected, with Manchester City ahead after Nathan Ake and Erling Haaland capitalised on an Alisson error. It is Liverpool’s inaccuracy in their own defensive third that has been the visitors’ issue so far, a number of chances presented to their opponents and this one rather nicely taken:


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Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 45 minutes

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Into one minute of added time. Liverpool play into the area somewhat aimlessly but Ederson is in no mood to take any chances, a desperate claw at a ball apparently destined for no-one in particular almost ending up at Liverpool feet. Kyle Walker is swift enough of thought and of foot to prevent a Manchester City disaster.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 44 minutes

13:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Smart save! Ederson unfurls another beaut of a pass, spatchcocking Liverpool’s attempted press. Phil Foden is found on the edge of the area and a low shot is tipped past the post by a diving Ederson.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 42 minutes

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Neither one nor t’other! A rapid break from Manchester City, sparked by a gorgeous pirouette from Bernardo Silva in his own ‘D’ on the edge of the area, and Jeremey Doku can pick between Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to either side of an undermanned defence. The latter is the recipient, but neither shoots nor squares for the Norwegian on the left, instead chipping rather tamely out of play.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 40 minutes

13:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are testing the limits of their technical areas, abutting one another either side of halfway. The Manchester City manager urges his side to press higher, but that leaves space at the back when possession is turned over.

Mohamed Salah tries to find it but Darwin Nunez strays beyond the home defence too soon - he’s offside as Salah releases the pass, as the eventual erection of the assistant’s flag confirms.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 38 minutes

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Ederson threads the eye of a needle with a pass between four Liverpool players which is delightfully flicked on by the heel of Bernardo Silva. Rodri settles things down when Manchester City are forced backwards, the controlling Spaniard keeping things ticking in the heart of midfield.

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Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 35 minutes

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Side netting! Inaccurate from Manuel Akanji, rushing a transfer out to the right and failing to spot Dominik Szoboszlai lurking in position to intercept. The Hungarian has a lovely range of pass when driving at a defence and neatly finds Darwin Nunez, but the striker is dragged wider than he’d like and can’t contort a finish around Ederson.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 34 minutes

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“Handball!” cry the home crowd as Darwin Nunez controls a magnificent Trent Alexander-Arnold pass with his chest, with Chris Kavanagh rightly waving play on. The striker has two up with him and finds Mohamed Salah, but Nathan Ake stands up strongly to the Egyptian.

Liverpool’s corner, which Ederson comes to punch, the goalkeeper getting just enough on the ball. Liverpool reload and attack again but a canny nudge in the back of Mohamed Salah allows Manchester City to clear more certainly.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 32 minutes

13:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

In truth, Liverpool had looked relatively comfortable in their defensive structure before that goal, those errors aside. But now Manchester City have grown in zip, Jeremy Doku’s shimmying hips and frantic feet causing Trent Alexander-Arnold all sorts of issues. A deflected effort hops out of play for a corner.

Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool, 30 minutes

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A first league goal against Liverpool for Erling Haaland, and a remarkable 50 in 48 games. Andy Cole was previously the fastest to 50 in the Premier League, and it took him 65 matches.

You just felt like that was always coming. Liverpool had been much too loose when attempting to escape their own end, and you simply cannot afford a team like Manchester City that many easy opportunities.

GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 Liverpool (Erling Haaland, 27 minutes)

12:57 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Premier League goal number 50 for Erling Haaland!

Manchester City lead! It’s another error from Alisson, a hopeless hack of a clearance as he looks to spark a quick break skewing to Nathan Ake. It’s lovely stuff from the defender, dancing between a couple of Liverpool players and slipping in the master marksman, who fires left-footed across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner.

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Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 26 minutes

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The corner rolls off the top of Dominik Szoboszlai’s head and out for another on the opposite side.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 25 minutes

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Manchester City attack at speed, Rodri and Jeremy Doku and then Julian Alvarez, but they can’t force an effort on goal. A corner will give them an opportunity to load the box.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 23 minutes

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Manchester City take it short and Doku is dispossesed. Mohamed Salah runs out of room a bit but is tugged back by Julian Alvarez as he looks to release a pass - no card from referee Chris Kavanagh, which frustrates Jurgen Klopp.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 22 minutes

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That’s more traditional Haaland play - he surges to the near post after Jeremy Doku’s fast feet get the Belgian to the byline. Haaland draws a corner.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 21 minutes

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Excellent scrambling from Erling Haaland, recognising that Manuel Akanji has been caught upfield and exposed by Liverpool’s intricate ball movement and using his sheer atleticism to get back and prevent a counter.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 19 minutes

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Will those two chances spark Manchester City back into life? Liverpool almost give them one! A messy bit of play deep from Curtis Jones deep in his own territory results in a lunging Erling Haaland very nearly getting a boot to Alisson’s hurried clearance. That’s a couple of nervy moments for the goalkeeper and his defence so far.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 17 minutes

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Another glimpse for Liverpool! And it’s Nunez again - Curtis Jones picks the ball up in space and cuts inwards, dropping the ball off for Dominik Szoboszlai to carry it on. The midfielder’s pass is nicely weighted but Nunez fails to take it properly, and is unable to release an effort of any kind as the retreating Manchester City defenders engulf him.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 16 minutes

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Top save! A driving run from Joel Matip, breaking the lines and teeing up Mohamed Salah. A floated cross is flicked to the far post by Darwin Nunez, connecting well, but the lack of pace on the ball allows Ederson to spring to his right and swat it away.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 13 minutes

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Julian Alvarez is getting up alongside Erling Haaland, leading Manchester City’s press. Joy - Haaland latches on to a loose defensive touch from Liverpool and tries to burst away.

The visitors have men back, though, and prevent anything of genuine threat materialising.

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Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 11 minutes

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Tame! Some rather average football all-round, with Alisson gifting the ball to Phil Foden with a terrible attempted pass, and the Manchester City man rather returning the favour with a meek effort that is scooped up gratefully into the gloves.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 10 minutes

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Manchester City beginning to turn the vice as they squeeze and squash Liverpool out of shape. Vivid bursts of blue from Julian Alvarez and Bernardo Silva pull Alexis Mac Allister this way and that with Manuel Akanji and Rodri roaming behind them.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 8 minutes

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A first look at the free-striding Erling Haaland, attacking that gap between Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The right back does rather well to stay with him and use his frame to knock the Norwegian off course, before swiftly pushing out to close down Jeremy Doku after a neat Haaland back heel. Good work from Alexander-Arnold as he continues to refine his role.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 7 minutes

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A long ball from Alisson fines Mohamed Salah, but Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake combine to take it away from the Egyptian as he darts inwards.

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Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 5 minutes

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Forward come Manchester City with Kyle Walker striding up the right touchline. He checks and regathers with few in support ahead of him, working the angles by moving the ball around the back. Manuel Akanji is their defensive insert into midfield, but Liverpool monitor the spaces well.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 4 minutes

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Both sets of supporers warming to their work on a nippy afternoon as the two sides settle into things on an immaculate green canvas. Liverpool taking up a familiar shape with Trent Alexander-Arnold adding his cultured feet to an ostensibly three-man midfield.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 2 minutes

12:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Silva is on the ball again, chesting down a throw but unable to scurry by Trent Alexander-Arnold. The ball comes off the Manchester City man last as he tries to turn on the byline - goal kick.

Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, 1 minute

12:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

An early loss of possession from Manchester City gives Liverpool a glimpse, but Kyle Walker is back to sweep up. The hosts come forward through Jeremy Doku, who then gets on the ball again and combines with Bernardo Silva. Liverpool smother the pair but this is a bright start from the table-toppers.


12:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Bernardo Silva swipes the kick-off back to a teammate and we are underway!

Manchester City vs Liverpool

12:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Righty ho - the Premier League is back after the international break with a proper blockbuster. Top plays second, the defining rivalry of the era reigniting again.

Manchester City vs Liverpool - LIVE

12:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Out the 22 starters come, taking their places either side of referee Chris Kavanagh and his officiating team. Stuart Attwell is leading things VAR-wise this afternoon - I’m sure we’ll hear from them at some point.

Manchester City vs Liverpool - LIVE

12:26 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The stands are starting to fill, home supporters taking their seats with the away end bookended by two lurid lines of stewards. The father of Luis Diaz, on the Liverpool bench, is reportedly in attendance today after his kidnapping ordeal earlier this month.

Manchester City vs Liverpool - LIVE

12:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A crisp, clean and bright Saturday afternoon in Manchester. It’s a hectic six weeks or so for the Premier League through Christmas and beyond, but this is the sort of occasion in which a real statement can be made.

Manchester City vs Liverpool - LIVE

12:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

However good their record this season, you do look at that Liverpool defence and midfield and think that there are frailties there for Manchester City to exploit. Erling Haaland looked to be moving relatively freely in the warm-up after that ankle injury scare on international duty with injury - will the hosts look to get him running into the channels?

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Manchester City vs Liverpool - LIVE

12:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

You have to say that Manchester City bench looks slightly under-powered today - Jack Grealish’s illness is a blow to a squad already contending with a couple of injury issues. Liverpool would appear to have a few more options on the bench if they need to change things late on.

Man City vs Liverpool - LIVE

12:11 , Mike Jones

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side can reap additional benefit from having Alexis Mac Allister as a makeshift holding midfielder.

The Reds boss was dismissive of the suggestion the Argentina international, who usually plays further forward, faces the biggest test of his adaptation into a new role at Manchester City on Saturday.

Mac Allister, who joined for £35million from Brighton, has coped well so far filling a hole in a newly-formed midfield with fellow summer signing Wataru Endo, a genuine number six, only entrusted with two Premier League starts, but the prospect of facing Pep Guardiola’s side on their own turf is an entirely different prospect.

The 24-year-old’s poorest performances in the role have come away from home – at Wolves, where he was replaced at half-time after returning from international duty in South America, Newcastle and his former club – but that is not a concern for Klopp at this moment in time.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool can benefit from Alexis Mac Allister’s deeper role

Can Liverpool really win the league? This game might tell us

12:04 , Richard Jolly

The league table is taking on an eerily familiar look for Liverpool. The identity of the one team above them is typical, the gap a bittersweet reminder of brushes with greatness, of the unique achievement of taking first 97 and then 92 points in Premier League seasons without becoming champions in either.

Manchester City are first, Liverpool second. There is one point between them, just as there was in the 2018-19 season and again in the 2021-22 campaign. Liverpool 2.0, Jurgen Klopp’s new-look side, find themselves in the precise position their predecessors twice finished. Perhaps they are fated to forever be on City’s shoulder, the Jan Ullrich to Pep Guardiola’s Lance Armstrong, the closest challengers to the serial champions.

But victory at home to Brentford means they have fashioned another top-of-the-table showdown; the Etihad Stadium will host the top two on 25 November. It feels an early-season achievement for a revamped side. Their initial aim was to return to the top four, not title contention; beat City, though, and they will be top. Liverpool may be ahead of schedule.

Richard Jolly looks ahead to the top two clashing in the Premier League:

Can Liverpool really win the league? Their next game might tell us

Man City vs Liverpool - LIVE

11:58 , Karl Matchett

Virgil van Dijk is hopeful Liverpool have rediscovered what it takes to push Manchester City all the way in the Premier League title race again.

The two had epic battles in 2018-19 and 2021-22, when City pipped their north-west rivals by just a single point, while in between those campaigns the Reds clinched their first championship in 30 years.

Having experienced a huge dropoff last season in finishing fifth, Jurgen Klopp’s side have bounced back after a summer midfield rebuild and will resume after the international break with a trip to the Etihad in a first-v-second clash.

It is the closest Liverpool have been to City in 18 months and Van Dijk believes with consistency in results and fitness they can mount a sustained challenge.

Virgil van Dijk backs Liverpool to challenge Manchester City for Premier League title

Man City vs Liverpool - LIVE

11:52 , Karl Matchett

Jurgen Klopp has described Mohamed Salah as a “completely different animal” to the player he signed in 2017 and said the Egyptian is determined to improve again.

Salah will bring up 200 goals for Liverpool – a feat only four players have ever achieved – if he scores twice when they face league leaders Manchester City on Saturday.

And the Liverpool manager feels Salah is showing the work ethic to get better, while praising him for the way he has helped his fellow forward Darwin Nunez settle into life at Anfield and form a “pretty special partnership”.

Mohamed Salah ‘a completely different animal’ for Liverpool before Man City clash

Man City vs Liverpool - LIVE

11:45 , Karl Matchett

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has called Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp the biggest managerial adversary of his career.

The Reds visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime for the latest instalment of a classic rivalry that has so often gone a long way to deciding the destination of the Premier League title.

City go into the game one point ahead of Klopp’s side, who look their most realistic title challengers, even if Guardiola says Arsenal and Tottenham are also in the race.

Guardiola has had some battles over the years, notably with Jose Mourinho, but says Klopp has made him a better manager.

Pep Guardiola puts Jurgen Klopp on pedestal as ‘by far’ his biggest career rival

Man City vs Liverpool team changes

11:38 , Mike Jones

Pep Guardiola makes one change to the Manchester City team that spectacularly drew 4-4 against Chelsea just before the international break. Josko Gvardiol drops out with Nathan Ake slotting in at left-back.

Guardiola is presumably going with a back four of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji and Ake with Bernardo Silva dropping slightly deeper alongside Rodri. But then, as it’s Guardiola you never can tell. Erling Haaland is fit to start and leads the line.

Jurgen Klopp meanwhile makes a couple of changes to Liverpool’s midfield. Wataru Endō and Cody Gakpo drop out with Alexis Mac Allister and Curtis Jones coming in.

Man City vs Liverpool line-ups

11:32 , Mike Jones

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Foden, Doku, Alvarez, Haaland

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Mac Allister, Szobozslai, Jones, Salah, Nunez, Jota

The surprise truth behind Jurgen Klopp’s blueprint to beat Pep Guardiola

11:22 , Karl Matchett

Jurgen Klopp cast himself as the philosophical opposite of his rival for Saturday’s crunch match. They have been pitted against each other for a decade now, Klopp and Pep Guardiola, over 28 meetings from the German Super Cup to the Community Shield, via the FA, Carabao and German cups, the Bundesliga, the Premier League and the Champions League. They will be in neighbouring technical areas at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday when Manchester City host Liverpool, just as they are side by side again in the league table, for a game Klopp said he “would watch wherever I was on the planet”.

But, once again, he is up against the man he deems the finest in his business. “I don’t know how often I have said it but he’s the best manager in the world,” he said.

And while he will willingly admit that Guardiola is an influence, he compared himself to his great rival by drawing a distinction between them.

The surprise truth behind Klopp’s blueprint to beat Pep Guardiola

Man City vs Liverpool - LIVE

11:15 , Karl Matchett

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he would stay at the club even if they were relegated to League One should they be found guilty of breaking Premier League financial rules.

City’s fate has been brought back into focus following Everton’s 10-point deduction last week, but Guardiola insists the two cases are completely separate.

The Toffees were docked 10 points for breaching rules over a three-year period, while City are awaiting a ruling after being charged in February with more than 100 alleged breaches of the competition’s financial fair play regulations between 2009 and 2018. The club denies all the charges.

Asked whether there could be any severity of punishment which would make him consider his position, Guardiola replied: “It’s a good question. I will answer when I have the sentence.

“You are questioning like we have been punished. And in the moment we are innocent until guilt is proven. I know the people want it. I know, I feel it. I will wait.”

Pep Guardiola makes Man City vow — even if they are ‘relegated to League One’

Man City vs Liverpool - LIVE

11:08 , Karl Matchett

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that a draw is the best that his former side can do in the crunch Premier League meeting with Manchester City.

The English top-flight’s current top two meet in the first fixture after the international break, with the defending champions currently one point ahead of their rivals.

Pep Guardiola’s side drew with Chelsea in a hectic eight-goal affair before the break, while Liverpool bounced back from a tricky period with a win over Brentford.

After failing to mount a genuine title challenge last season in an uneven campaign, a solid start to the season will have pleased Jurgen Klopp, though he will recognise that this will be a major test of his team’s credentials.

And Carragher is unsure if Liverpool have the defensive strength to match their hosts.

Jamie Carragher highlights key Manchester City v Liverpool battle:

Jamie Carragher highlights key Manchester City v Liverpool battle

Man City vs Liverpool - LIVE

11:01 , Karl Matchett

The safer approach would be merely to look for incremental improvement, to eye the dotted line that traditionally separates the European elite from the rest, to say the objective for Liverpool’s season was simply to return to the Champions League. But then, as anyone who has seen Trent Alexander-Arnold pass a ball knows, he can eschew the risk-free option. There is ambition to his distribution; to his rhetoric, too.

“Our aim as a team is to win the league and that’s the aim again this season,” said the Liverpool vice-captain. And if he was neither saying Liverpool will win the Premier League or are the favourites to do so, the right-back is unafraid of setting a lofty target. “Our ambition is to be as successful as possible and to maximise the potential we have got as a team and as a club,” he added. “At the start of last season it was the same as at the start of this season: our ambition was to win the league. We were nowhere near good enough to get anywhere near that last year and that’s where we needed to put it right this year.”

More from the Reds’ vice-captain:

Trent Alexander-Arnold: ‘If we don’t win the title we have ourselves to blame’

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