Premier League, Manchester City vs Liverpool Highlights: Manchester City beat Liverpool 2-1 at The Etihad Stadium on Friday. Leroy Sane’s excellent low finish saw City close the gap on leaders Liverpool to four points. For Klopp & Co. it is the first defeat of the season. However, this result ensures that the Premier League title race is very much alive.
Earlier, in the match, it was Sergio Aguero who had given City the lead. However, things could have been different if Sadio Mane’s shot had gone in but John Stones cleared the ball off the line. Both sides had several chances but it was City who claimed a crucial win.
Premier League, Manchester City vs Liverpool: Highlights
Full Time: Man City 2-1 Liverpool
A crucial win for City. Leroy Sane's excellent low finish sees Man City close the gap on leaders Liverpool to four points. For Klopp & Co. it is the first defeat of the season. The Premier League title race is very much alive.
5 mins added on
5 mins of time added on. Bernardo Silva booked for a foul on Fabinho. Both teams are going neck to neck as the match edges towards an end. Can Liverpool equalize? MCI 2-1 LIV
Guardiola goes mad!
Guardiola goes berserk on the touchline and shouts at the fourth official for a foul that was not given! The referee has a word with him to calm him down.
Sane with space and a fine finish by the German to put City back in the lead. Sane drills low across goal from the left and his pinpoint effort goes in off the post! How quickly things can change! MCI 2-1 LIV
GOAAALLLLL! Firmino scores with the header. Andrew Robertson gets in at the back post to volley Trent Alexander-Arnold's diagonal ball back across goal for Roberto Firmino to nod in. The change in formation works for Liverpool. Man City's turn to be unhinged. MCI 1-1 LIV
First, change of the match: Fabinho comes on for James Milner | MCI 1-0 LIV
Second half resumes
Back with the second half. No changes in line-ups. MCI 1-0 LIV. City begins with an attacking mindset right at the start as they surge upfield but no change in the scoreline.
2 minutes of time added on comes to an end, At the end of first 45, it is Manchester City who lead, courtesy of a brilliant goal by Sergio Aguero. MCI 1-0 LIV
GOAL! Man City lead
GOAL! An astonishing two touch finish by Aguero. Alisson simply failed to judge the pace of the ball. 7 goals in 7 league appearances against Liverpool for Aguero- What a player!
Stones passes to Kompany but Salah is there to try to win the ball. Kompany is forced to go to ground to stop Salah from going away with the ball. Poor tackle sends Salah to the ground. Kompany receives the yellow card.
Mane hits the post! Utter chaos in the box as Alexander-Arnold beats Sane to begin the counter-attack. Salah glides past opposition players and then passes it to Mane who shoots low to the corner but it hits the post!
Both teams seem to be wary of each other, Liverpool are going in 4-3-3 in attack. But that changes when they are trudging back to defend. Still no shot on target
City on the attack
Man City have begun the game on the front foot. Plenty of challenges in the midfield. Every Liverpool touch is being booed. This is an exciting contest.
It is the biggest match of the season so far - champions Manchester City vs. league leaders, Liverpool! Peep Peep! The referee blows the whistle and we are underway
Pep Guardiola speaks:
“We will try to attack and defend well. It is not just enough to attack or just to defend. We know each other well. I think the plan is good. In the box it makes the difference. The boxes make the difference. When you are precise the rest is easy.”
Jurgen Klopp speaks:
"To get a result we have to run as much as we can, play as well as we can, close the gaps as much as we can and try to create situations – try to create chaos with the runs"
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Mignolet, Moreno, Fabinho, Keita, Shaqiri, Lallana, Sturridge.
Manchester City XI
Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Kompany (C), Laporte, Fernandinho, Silva, Sane, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero
Subs: Muric, Walker, Gündogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus
Hello and Welcome
Hello and welcome to the highly anticipated contest between Premier League title holders- Manchester City vs league leaders- Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side head into the clash seven points clear of the Pep and his boys. Who will win tonight's encounter? Stay tuned for live score and updates.