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November 27, 2011
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 45071
FULL TIME! Liverpool record their fourth home draw in a row, while Manchester City maintain their five point lead over local rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.
90' + 2'
Hart makes a world class save as Johnson crosses from the right, finding Carroll, who powers a header towards goal, but the England stopper gets his hand to the ball in order to clear.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Andy Carroll
Once again Reina nearly gives away a goal as he races out to meet Silva on the edge of the area, but the keeper does well to stop the midfielder from getting an early shot, that allows three defenders to get on the line before Silva gets his shot off.
Another chance for the home side as Lucas finds Suarez racing towards goal, but his shot is beaten away by Hart.
Yellow Card James Milner
Liverpool look to pile on the pressure to the ten men of Manchester City, with Carroll now on to add some height to the forward line.
Balotelli receives his second yellow card of the game after going up in a challenge with Skrtel and as the Italian walks off his manager Mancini waves him towards the changing rooms.
Yellow/Red Mario Balotelli
Cry's for a penalty kick from the home support, as Suarez goes down in the box after receiving the ball from Kuyt, but referee Martin Atkinson waves away the claims.
Greg Stobart: "The fans in the Kop are willing the ball into the net when Liverpool attack and really sense the opportunity to inflict City's first defeat of the season. The Reds have been the better side throughout the second-half and Kenny Dalglish has had his head in his hands on more than one occasion. This could be a long final 10 minutes for City as Liverpool make a final push for all three points."
Liverpool continue to pressure, with the ball finding Downing on the left hand side of the area, but his mishit shot goes wide, with Kuyt desperate to get a foot on the ball.
Yellow Card Mario Balotelli
Adam plays in a free kick from the left wing that hits off of Richards and into the path of Skrtel, but before he can get a shot on goal Hart manages to take control of the ball.
Once again Reina is lucky as he races out of his box to meet the ball as Milner draws in on goal, but the midfielder can't get onto the ball after he puts it by the keeper and Liverpool manage to clear the danger.
A corner from the left by Adam finds Suarez at the back post and he cuts in and tries to cross for Kuyt, but Lescott gets in the way and manages to clear the ball off the striker for a goal kick.
A slip by Skrtel as the ball is played to Balotelli allows him in on goal on the left wing, but before the Italian can race in on goal the same fate befalls him and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Balotelli nearly makes an early impact as he puts Agger under pressure and eventually plays the ball towards Aguero, but Reina comes out to clear.
Liverpool play a short corner on the left wing, with the ball eventually finding Downing on the edge of the area, but his shot is tipped over the bar by Hart for another corner to the hosts.
Long ball from Nasri finds Aguero on the left hand side and as the striker runs out of the box, Liverpool keeper Reina chases him and eventually pokes the ball out for a throw in.
Greg Stobart at Anfield: "Both managers are standing passively in the technical area, hands in pockets as they ponder a tactical tweak or substitution that could turn the game in their side's favour. Liverpool have played with more purpose than the visitors since the break but will know that City can be devastating on the counter-attack. It's very finely poised."
Reina does well to punch out a Silva corner from the left hand side before a Manchester City player could get near to the ball.
Liverpool break after the visitors lose possession, with Adam finding Kuyt, who then searched for Henderson, but the midfielder was caught offside.
Kuyt is next to have a chance on goal as a cross from the left is deflected into the path of the Dutchman, but his shot goes wide of Hart's right hand post.
Yaya Toure gets the ball just outside the box, then plays a through ball in search of Aguero, but before the striker can get to the ball Reina comes out to collect, with Aguero being flagged for offside.
Liverpool have a superb chance as the ball comes in from the left to Henderson, but his delay on the ball allows the visitors to clear, but only to Adam, whose driven strike is deflected by Richards into the path of Suarez on the right of penalty box, but his cross is eventually put out for a corner.
Clichy and Nasri link up on the left wing, with the midfielder eventually cutting inside before driving the ball towards goal, but his strike goes well wide of Reina's goal.
Liverpool get the second half underway.
Greg Stobart: "Half-time at Anfield and the teams go in with the 1-1 scoreline reflecting an evenly matched first 45 minutes between Liverpool and Manchester City. City started the better side without particularly creating chances, but the game burst into the life after Vincent Kompany's opener for the the visitors. There was a real ebb and flow in the last 15 minutes of the half, with both teams playing with less inhibition and more attacking zeal. Liverpool n particular seemed to really grow in confidence after Joleon Lescott's own goal levelled the score – and the hosts have boasted the stand-out player of the match so far in Lucas."
HALF TIME! Two goals in the space of two minutes have the sides level, with Kompany's opening header being cancelled outy by Lescott's own goal.
45' + 1'
Aguero plays a superb one-two with Silva before the striker gets a shot on goal that Reina gets down well in order to save.
Manchester City are playing some neat passes in the midfield area, but they are failing to create the final ball in order to get behind the Liverpool defence.
Yaya Toure decides to try his luck from distance, as the midfielder receives the ball some 25 yards out from goal, but his drive goes tamely wide of Reina's right hand post.
Greg Stobart at Anfield: "How often does that happen? After a tame first half-an-hour in which both sides struggled to create chances, the score is suddenly 1-1 thanks to two fortuitous goals. First, Vincent Kompany helped in David Silva's corner with his shoulder to give City the lead but within two minutes Liverpool levelled as Joleon Lescott diverted Charlie Adam's shot into his own net. Suddenly, the Kop is rocking and this clash, under the lights, has a real big game feel about it."
Liverpool continue to press forward, with Johnson exchanging passes with Suarez before the full back unleashes a drive that just goes wide of Hart's right hand post.
Suarez finds Kuyt, who races down the left, before cutting back and playing the ball to the onrushing Adam, but his goalward strike is saved by the foot of Hart and out for a corner to the hosts.
Assist Charlie Adam
Own Goal Joleon Lescott
GOAL! Liverpool equlise straight away, as Adam tries his luck from distance and the ball deflects off of Lescott and past the helpless Hart into the back of the Manchester City goal.
Yellow Card Gareth Barry
Assist David Silva
Goal Vincent Kompany
GOAL! A corner from the left by Silva is met by Kompany at the near post and his header finds its way past Reina and into the Liverpool goal.
Liverpool are starting to get forward a lot more than previously, but they are still finding it hard to get in behind the visitors defence in order to get a shot at Hart's goal.
Aguero, Silva and Nasri link up superbly on the left wing, with the Frenchman eventually putting in a cross that is easily cleared by the Liverpool defence, away from danger.
Milner races away with the ball inside his own half, then finds the onrushing Aguero, the striker then proceeds to take the ball down the left hand side, but once he gets to the line, he falls over before he can get the cross in, giving Liverpool a goal kick.
A poor backpass by Enrique leads to Reina having to dash out of his box and the Spanish keeper dives out to clear the ball, leading to calls of hand ball by Aguero and the rest of the Manchester City side, but the referee waves away the complaints.
Adam attempts to deliver a free kick from nearly 40 yards into the box, but the ball is cleared by Yaya Toure before any Liverpool player can get to the ball.
Greg Stobart: "'Who put the ball in United's net? Half our team did!' chant the 3,000 Manchester City fans in the Anfield Road stand to my right. They have watched the visitors make a bright start here, zipping the ball about nicely and playing at a good tempo. Much to Kenny Dalglish's obvious annoyance on the touchline, the Liverpool players are finding themselves under instant pressure and struggling to keep the ball."
Kuyt plays the ball to Johnson, who rushes down the right wing, before cutting inside, but the ball gets away from the full back and goes out for a goal kick before he can get the cross in.
Yellow Card Vincent Kompany
Liverpool nearly hand Manchester City a goal as both Johnson and Skrtel crash into each other inside the box, but Agger manages to clear before Aguero can get in on goal.
Barry manages to win the ball for the visitors, before finding Nasri, who then plays the ball to Richards inside the box, but the full back can't get a cross in and the ball goes out for a goal kick to Liverpool.
Barry attempts a long ball from inside his own half, searching out the pace of Aguero, but the ball comfortably makes its way to Reina in the Liverpool penalty area.
Yaya Toure has the first chance of the game after a corner from the left bounces around the box, before the midfielder fires his shot over the bar.
Silva plays his way through the Liverpool defence on the left hand side, before exchanging passes with Nasri, but the home side manage to clear for a throw in.
Both sides racing back and forward at the start of the game, but neither able to get a shot on target yet.
Manchester City get the game started.
Minute's silence underway at Anfield.
Greg Stobart: "Liverpool have only managed draws in their last three home games but have only lost once to City in the last 12 meetings between the sides. Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, was understandably delighted with his side's display in the 2-1 win at Chelsea last weekend and has used his programme notes to praise the strength of his squad ahead of the clash with City. He writes: “We go into the match on the back of an excellent win at Chelsea. You always need to play well to win at Stamford Bridge and we were delighted with the attitude, commitment and effort of the 14 players that took part and all of them made a valuable contribution to the victory. “City have a fantastic array of players and are now a real force. They are the ones who are in the position that everybody wants to be in and that's the top of the Barclays Premier League. They've got the wealth and everything that anybody needs to make it a success and are trying their best to do that. “Every fan would love the club they support to be in the same financial position as Manchester City but that's not going to happen, so there's no point in us complaining about what they have got.”
Goal.com's Greg Stobart at Anfield: "Welcome to a fresh, blustery afternoon at Anfield where Premier League leaders Manchester City are the visitors and could pull seven points clear of second-placed Manchester United with a victory. All the talk in the press box and in the stands, however, is about the tragic death of Wales manager Gary Speed. Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy, a close friend of Speed's, has been sent home and is not in the hosts' 18-man squad today. The Reds make two changes from the side that started in the 2-1 win at Chelsea last week, with Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson coming in for Bellamy and Maxi Rodriguez. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has looked to avoid a Champions League hangover by making five changes from the side that lost in Napoli in midweek. Interestingly, Sergio Aguero starts centrally as the focal point of the City attack for the first time."
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has allowed striker Craig Bellamy to miss today’s game after the death of his former teammate and Wales manager Gary Speed this morning.
On the subs bench for City are: Pantilimon (GK) Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, De Jong, Johnson, Dzeko, Balotelli
The Manchester City starting line-up is as follows: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Aguero
Liverpool subs: Doni (GK) Kelly, Carragher, Rodriguez, Coates, Spearing, Carroll
The Liverpool startling line-up is: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez
The last time the two sides met at Anfield, it was a crushing victory for Kenny Dalglish’s men, as an Andy Carroll double and a Dirk Kuyt strike secured all three points before the half time break.
A victory will see the Robert Mancini’s side go seven points clear of their local rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool can go level on 25 points with fifth placed Chelsea, who they defeated last week at Stanford Bridge, if they can claim all three points at Anfield.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League, my name is Matthew Harold and I’ll be guiding you through the entire match.
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