Liverpool played out a goalless draw against Manchester City in an entertaining contest at Anfield on Sunday. The defending champions will be rueing the chance in the 86th minute when Riyad Mahrez squandered a great chance by blasting a late penalty over the bar on Sunday afternoon. While both the teams did not have too many clear chances at goal in the first half, the second half also played out in a similar manner. In terms of possession, City enjoyed more of it but failed to convert any of the chances. Liverpool’s star striker Mo Salah also failed to make much of an impact on a relatively quiet afternoon. With this result, Man City return to the top of the table, ahead of Chelsea due to goal difference.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Highlights
Liv 0-0 Man City. No way through for either side despite an entertaining end to the match. All the talk will be about that terrible penalty miss by Riyad Mahrez. Liverpool were surely let off the hook. Man City return to the top of the table, ahead of Chelsea due to goal difference.
3 mins of extra time
We are into stoppage time and three minutes have been added on. But it seems that this contest is heading for a draw. Liv 0-0 Man City
PENALTY! And MISSED!
86 mins: PENALTY! It is given after Leroy Sane ran into the D-Box to reach David Silva’s through pass, Defender Van Dijk slides and trips Sane. Soft one but a penalty nonetheless. BUT MAHREZ MISSES! This is a disaster by Mahrez as his spot-kick is way off target. Massive cheers ring around the Anfield. Liv 0-0 Man City
Lovren flings out an arm and hits Jesus in the face. He gets away with that. Lucky reprieve for the Reds.
Manchester City make their first change, bringing Gabriel Jesús on for Aguero. Another Change! Leroy Sane comes in place of Sterling. Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy into the book
61 mins! Chance
A mispass by Robertson and Mahrez is free down the right, but he goes across the keeper and goes past the keeper. It’s the first shot on target! Meanwhile, on the other end Salah finds some space in the box and shoots it straight to Ederson.
57 mins: A late challenge by Sergio Aguero on Henderson in the knee and the Argentine goes into the book. Second booking of the game for City after Fernandinho.
Liverpool enjoying most of the possession but are failing to break the last line of City's defense. A couple of long balls and results in some space for Gomez on the right flank, but his cross is overhit.
Second half begins
And we are off again. Which of the two teams will find the breakthrough? Let's wait and watch.
45 mins! First half ends
A compelling opening half but no goals so far. City slightly enjoyed more of the possession (56%) in the first 45 mins but both teams have the same number of shots on goal. All to play for in the second half. Liv 0-0 Man City
10 mins to go for the first half and score is still locked at 0-0. Lately, both the sides have been poor in possession and have been guilty of giving the ball away. Meanwhile, Sterling and David Silva construct a clever interchange on the left but Liverpool just cut it out.
35 mins! Tempers flare
Sadio Mane is not happy with Fernandinho's cynical challenge on him and tempers flare up as they both collide in the middle of the pitch. Fernandinho lucky not to be booked.
15 mins to go for first half
Substitute- James Milner goes off and he is replaced by Naby Keita. Milner might have pulled a hamstring there. Meanwhile, the first booking of the match. Bernardo Silva is given a yellow card for a foul on Salah
After weathering the early Liverpool storm, City seem far more composed and have controlled the last couple of minutes, passing the ball among themselves without really threatening the heart of Liverpool’s defence.
20 mins: Sustained pressure from City and Liverpool almost succumb to it. A huge penalty appeal as Sergio Aguero is brought down inside the box and Dejan Lovren sticks a foot out behind him. Penalty? Nope, the referee not interested.
21. We're working hard here. @aguerosergiokun goes down in the area after a touch from Lovren but nothing given and we're raining in crosses but not quite finding intended targets. Keep going!— Manchester City (@ManCity) 7 October 2018
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A cautious opening for Manchester City, but they're starting to get a foothold in the game now. Sterling's movement on the left flank is causing some problems for the reds
Liverpool have an excellent start to the game so far. They win a corner, but Milner sends it looping into Ederson’s gloves. The goalkeeper kicks long, but straight into touch.
Chance! Salah breaks from the right and goes past Stones but shoots its wide of the near post. Quite a frenetic start. It remains to be seen if both the sides can continue with the pace.
The referee blows the whistle. And we are away! Liverpool in their traditional reds and Manchester City in their dark away colours. Liverpool on the attack from the start. But City respond with a very good counter attack.
Last season: Liverpool 4 Man City 3, Man City 5 Liverpool 0
Last five league matches: Liverpool W W W W D; Man City D W W W W
Complete Line Ups
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Mane, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Matip, Alexander-Arnold.
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, B Silva, D Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sane, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden.
Hello and welcome!
Yet another chapter in the never-ending rivalry between Liverpool vs Manchester City. Both the managers have announced their starting line-ups-
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero. It remains to be seen how the Blues will approach this game once the game starts, but on paper it looks like a 4-3-3.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Mane, Firmino