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P. Foden
Gabriel Jesus
1 - 4
R. Sterling
Bernardo Silva
1 - 3
İ. Gündoğan
P. Foden
1 - 2
Mohamed Salah
Penalty Goal
1 - 1
İ. Gündoğan
0 - 1

Match Stats

55% 44%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 5
Total Passes 649 519
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That's all for now, goodbye!
City, who have a game in hand on all of their title rivals, have now equalled the all-time winning run by an English top-flight side across all competitions, winning each of their last 14 matches – the same number as Preston (ending in 1892) and Arsenal (ending in 1987). Liverpool, meanwhile, are still without a win at Anfield in 2021, and have lost three successive matches at their home ground.
What an incredible result for City, who have stormed to a 4-1 win at the home of a major rival. They are now 10 points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool, who have just suffered their joint-heaviest Premier League defeat. Salah’s penalty cancelled out Gundogan’s opener, but two Alisson errors and a stunner from Foden have surely ended Liverpool’s title hopes.
90' + 2' City have the ball in Liverpool’s third, down in the corner, and are seeing out a magnificent win.
90' + 1' There will be three minutes of stoppage time at Anfield.
90' Aged 20 years and 255 days, Foden is the youngest player to score and assist in a Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield.
89' Liverpool have conceded four goals at home in a Premier League game for the first time since the 4-4 draw with Arsenal in April 2009. 
88' To their credit, Liverpool are still attacking, but those three City strikes in the space of 10 minutes have surely done for them. Klopp’s team are, as it stands, on the end of a thrashing.
86' Alisson is the first Liverpool goalkeeper to make two errors leading directly to a goal in a single game since Loris Karius vs Real Madrid in the Champions League final in May 2018. While Foden has been directly involved in nine goals in his last 10 starts in all comps for City.
K. Tsimikas
A. Robertson
85' Robertson is off, as Klopp probably looks to rest one of his key men. Tsimikas comes on in his place.
Gabriel Jesus
83' Jesus gets the assist, but it was nothing more than a long ball out to the right wing.
P. Foden
83' WHAT A GOAL! That is world class from Foden! An incredible finish to match an incredible performance from City’s young superstar. He cut in from the right, squared up his marker and thumped a rocket of a strike beyond Alisson and into the top-right corner. It’s 4-1 to City, and it really is curtains for Liverpool.
81' Well, two moments of madness from Alisson have completely knocked the stuffing out of Liverpool. There is, however, still around 10 minutes to go in this one. Can they get back into it?
79' That's 100 up for Sterling, who is only the third player to score a century of goals in all competitions under Guardiola in his top-flight managerial career, after Lionel Messi (211) and Sergio Aguero (120).
Bernardo Silva
76' More brilliant skill and composure from a City attacker – this time Silva – to capitalise on Alisson's error, but the Liverpool goalkeeper has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
R. Sterling
76' GOALLLL!!! IT'S ANOTHER ALISSON HOWLER! The Liverpool shot-stopper again tries to play it out from his own area and once more only succeeds in finding Silva, who gets down the byline and keeps his cool to loft a cute cross to the back post, where Sterling is on hand to head into an empty net.
75' Foden has been directly involved in eight goals in his last 10 starts in all comps for City (five goals, three assists).
P. Foden
73' The risks of playing out from the goalkeeper were fully on show there for Liverpool, but credit has to go to Foden. The England international took a wonderful first touch, displayed a magnificent turn of pace and then had the composure to tee up Gundogan. Will there be another twist in this game?
İ. Gündoğan
73' GOAL FOR CITY – GUNDOGAN AGAIN! It’s a shocker from Alisson! After getting away with one seconds earlier, the goalkeeper tried to play a pass out from the back with was intercepted by Foden, who brilliantly got beyond a group of defenders before prodding in for Gundogan to tap in his second. It’s 2-1 City!
Gabriel Jesus
R. Mahrez
72' Guardiola has made a change. Mahrez is off, with Jesus coming on. Foden has switched to the right flank.
71' JUST OFFSIDE! Stones has the ball in the back of the net, having connected with Foden’s wonderful cross. However, the linesman’s flag is up, and after a VAR check, the offside decision stands, with the City defender having just strayed beyond the last Liverpool man.
Yellow Card
70' Excellent play by Foden, who took a fantastic first touch from Gundogan’s pass and gave Fabinho little choice but to drag him down. It was a cynical one, but a necessary one for the Liverpool defender, who receives a caution.
69' City break at pace, with Sterling again outpacing Alexander-Arnold down the left. He drives in a cross which ultimately falls to Silva, but his first-time effort flies wide.
J. Milner
C. Jones
68' Jones has also made way after an impressive performance. Milner is on in place of the youngster against his former club.
X. Shaqiri
Thiago Alcântara
68' A double change now for Liverpool, as Klopp looks to add some more attacking intent. Shaqiri is on in place of Thiago, who once again has just seemed slightly off the pace.
67' Salah's penalty has also ended a run of 602 minutes without conceding for City in the Premier League
66' Salah's penalty means Liverpool have now ended a run of 410 minutes without a goal at Anfield. 
65' City looked to be cruising, but one long pass over the top into Salah did for City’s defence. Liverpool have thrived on their direct style of play in recent years, and Klopp will now be pushing his team to throw everything forward.
Mohamed Salah
Penalty Goal
63' Salah makes no mistake! Having won the penalty, Liverpool's leading scorer steps up to slam home from the spot. It's 1-1!
Rúben Dias
Yellow Card
62' It was a poor decision from Dias, and he receives a booking.
62' PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Well, one mistake from City and the Reds have a chance to restore parity! Salah got the better of Dias and drew a slight tug on his sleeve, which is enough to win the spot-kick!
62' Each of the last four Premier League goals scored at Anfield have been against Liverpool. It's the first time Liverpool have conceded four unanswered home goals in the Premier League since April-May 1999 (a run of five).
61' City look set to drive through for a rush on goal as Silva gets clear down the right, but Mane races back to cover Foden and cut off a passing lane, with the away side ultimately having to recycle possession back into midfield.
60' Jones is really taking the responsibility of attempting to make something click for Liverpool. He gets on the ball in a dangerous position and tries to poke a throughball behind City’s line, but goalscorer Gundogan is on hand to intercept.
58' JUST WIDE! Better from Liverpool, as two local lads combine with Alexander-Arnold finding Jones. The youngster takes it down and tries to find the bottom-right corner, but a deflection takes it for a corner.
56' Since netting his very first goal of the season on December 15th, Gundogan has scored at least two more league goals than any other Premier League player over this period, and he has now netted 10 times in all competitions for the first time in a single season in Europe's top five leagues.
55' There is still plenty of time left for Liverpool to get back into this, and Klopp’s team will know they are still well in this game. They just need to show some more impetus going forward, it seems, and really get on the front foot. Jones shows some intent with a shot from distance, but it does not trouble Ederson.
53' Gundogan now has as many Premier League goals this season (eight in 17 appearances) as in his previous two campaigns combined (eight in 62 games).
52' That could have been two! Foden skipped down the left and delivered a wicked cross into the centre of the area. Sterling was there, but just couldn’t get on the end of it, and Robertson was back to clear.
50' City were far too passive for Guardiola’s liking in that first half it seems and his tweak in shape seems to have worked. Now the onus really is on Liverpool to grab this match by the scruff of the neck.
İ. Gündoğan
49' GOAL!!! CITY TAKE THE LEAD! Well, one slick passing move and finally, there is a goal in this game. Foden, at the second attempt, found Sterling, who easily got around Alexander-Arnold and then found Foden, whose shot was saved by Alisson, but Gundogan is on hand to make amends for his penalty miss and prod high into the net. It’s Liverpool 0-1 City!
48' As has become, for some strange reason, almost customary in recent weeks, fireworks have been set off outside the ground. However, despite in previous cases that causing the suspension of play in those games, Michael Oliver lets this match go on.
47' Excellent work from Zinchenko, who races over on the cover to prevent Salah getting on the end of a pass from Mane, who had turned Cancelo. City appear to have changed shape, meanwhile, with Silva joining Foden up top in a 4-4-2 system.
46' We're back! Liverpool have got the second half started. Will it offer more than the first?
Like many big matches in 2020-21, it seems neither side are prepared to go all out to win. In that regard, the onus is on Liverpool to close the gap with City, while Guardiola’s decision to play Foden up front seems a strange one given he has Jesus at his disposal.
In all truth, that was a rather underwhelming first half between these two Premier League heavyweights. City have had the best chance, with Gundogan slicing a penalty high over the crossbar, while Firmino and Mane went closest for Liverpool.
45' + 1' There will be two minutes of added time.
45' Thiago takes the free-kick, but City’s wall stands firm, and it goes out for a corner. Alexander-Arnold whips it in, but Mane’s header is straight at Ederson. That is just the second shot on target of the match.
43' Free-kick Liverpool! Right at the end of the half, the champions get a chance after Mane is fouled right on the cusp of City’s area.
41' Salah appears for a penalty for handball, after his strike hit Rodri. The Spain midfielder’s arm was down next to his body, though, and there was no chance of a spot-kick.
39' No side has failed to score more penalties in the Premier League this season than City (three – level with Fulham). One of those misses, of course, was De Bruyne's against Liverpool earlier in the campaign.
İ. Gündoğan
Penalty Miss
37' MISSED! City’s wretched luck at Anfield carries on! A few seasons ago, it was Mahrez who skied from 12 yards, and now it’s Gundogan who has sent an abysmal effort well over the crossbar. What a let off for Liverpool, and what a dreadful attempt from Gundogan, who really does not seem to have settled today.
36' PENALTY TO CITY! Well, it had been Liverpool on the up, but now it’s the visitors who have a chance to take the lead. Sterling got into the area and drew a clumsy trailing leg from Fabinho, and Michael Oliver points straight to the spot. Gundogan steps up…
35' Henderson is playing some inviting long passes from his position at centre-back, though so far Stones and Dias have dealt with them well. Liverpool are picking up the second balls, but still can’t create a clear opening.
34' For all their early possession, City have really not created much, and it’s Liverpool who are now in control of this match, prodding and probing as they look to find a way through. Alexander-Arnold is getting the freedom of the right wing and nearly latches onto a pass into the area, but Sterling got back to cut it out.
32' Liverpool’s first attempt came in the 24th minute. It was their second-longest wait for their opening shot in a Premier League game this season. The Reds are definitely growing into this match, though, and are starting to look dangerous.
30' Great defending! City clear the resulting corner and Foden breaks, skipping beyond two Liverpool players before racing into the hosts’ half. Jones, however, is across on the cover and makes a fine intervention.
29' SAVE! Henderson tries to inject pace into Liverpool’s play with a long ball into Salah. A defender gets there first, but Firmino latches onto the loose ball and his stinging half-volley is tipped over by Ederson.
28' Gundogan has been one of City’s star performers this season but, so far today, his passing has just been a bit off. That free-kick was a prime example, with the Germany international sending his cross way beyond any team-mate.
27' Liverpool seem to have a bit more confidence on the ball now, but one slack pass gives City the chance to break. Foden feeds a great ball into Mahrez, who draws a clumsy foul from Mane.
25' CHANCE! Finally, Liverpool inject some urgency into their play as Alexander-Arnold gets the better of his marker and drills in a fantastic cross. Mane meets it, but sends his header over the bar.
24' Neither goalkeeper has had a save to make so far, with City only registering one attempt – the only one of the match so far. Gundogan has the chance to slide Sterling through, but misdirects his pass.
23' Liverpool seem to be playing within themselves, but it seems tactical, with Klopp happy to surrender possession in the hope they can catch Liverpool on the counter. So far, however, the Reds have just lacked a bit of conviction when they break.
21' City have won four of their last five league visits to the Premier League reigning champions (L1), beating Man Utd in 2011-12 and 2013-14 and Chelsea in 2015-16 and 2017-18. However, City have never won at Anfield when Liverpool have been reigning top-flight champion in 14 attempts (D4 L10).
18' Some slow passing out from the back almost puts City in trouble, but the risk pays off as they beat Liverpool’s press and get down the right. Cancelo delivers the cross, but Foden is again the only player rising for it and he cannot beat Fabinho in the air.
16' Gundogan sprays a brilliant pass out to Mahrez, who sets himself with a fantastic first touch before looking to find Foden with a cross. However, Fabinho gets there first with ease, and it will have to be a perfect ball for the diminutive Foden to get to it ahead of either of Liverpool’s defenders.
14' The first sustained Liverpool passing move results in Robertson getting forward down the left and floating in a cross, but Ederson comes out to claim it.
13' City have dominated possession so far, with Liverpool attempting to keep their shape, press high when they can and play on the break. The Reds do just that as Jones steals possession from Zinchenko, but the youngster passes into midfield rather than trying to pick out Salah, who had isolated Dias.
11' The away side has won just one of the last 24 Premier League meetings between Liverpool and City, with the Reds winning 4-1 at the Etihad in November 2015.
9' Jones attempts to play it out to Salah to get Liverpool away on the counter, but the Egyptian forward is swiftly swarmed by four City defenders, who win it back and get the visitors back on the ball. Dias then attempts to find Mahrez with a searching pass, but Alisson is off his line to claim it with ease.
7' Some rather casual passing between Jones and Alisson gives Silva the chance to press, which the playmaker does well, forcing Liverpool’s goalkeeper into a rather rushed clearance.
5' It does appear that Foden is filling in centrally, with Sterling and Mahrez flanking the youngster. For Liverpool, Wijnaldum is sitting in the centre of midfield, with Thiago on the right side of the three.
4' Gundogan is back on his feet and will attempt to carry on.
4' That was a robust tackle from Thiago and Gundogan is down receiving treatment. He would be a huge loss for City, who are of course without Kevin De Bruyne.
Thiago Alcântara
Yellow Card
3' And there is an unforced error from Ederson, whose poor clearance falls to a Liverpool man. However, the Reds don’t look to charge forward straight away, and instead move it back to their defence. City win it back, and Gundogan draws a rough challenge from Thiago, who rightly goes into the book.
2' This fixture has seen plenty of rapid starts from Liverpool in the past and the hosts have looked to press high straight away. They manage to force Zinchenko right to the touchline, but City’s left-back does well to keep it in and recycle possession back to Dias, with the visitors able to retain it.
1' KICK-OFF! City get this massive clash underway at Anfield!
The teams are out at Anfield, and this huge clash is just moments away from kicking off. The reverse fixture in November was thrilling in the first half, though both sides tailed off after the break. Will City take a big step towards regaining the title, or can Liverpool stay in the race?
Two changes from Guardiola. Jesus scored against Burnley, and in the reverse fixture against Liverpool earlier this season, but his place is taken by Foden, who may well start up front or on the left, or even in midfield. Zinchenko, meanwhile, is preferred to Laporte at left-back.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBSTITUTES: Gabriel Jesus, Zack Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Ferran Torres, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Eric Garcia, Tommy Doyle, Adrian Bernabe.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden.
Jurgen Klopp has made four changes from the Liverpool side which started in the defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday. In a big boost, Alisson returns from illness, with Fabinho also coming back to partner Henderson in defence. Jones comes into midfield, while up front, Mane is also back in the fold. New defensive addition Kabak is on the bench.
LIVERPOOL SUBSTITUTES: James Milner, Adrian, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozan Kabak, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Phillips, Neco Williams.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Pep Guardiola’s side have not lost since they went down 2-0 to Tottenham in November, and a win today – which would be a 10th in the row in the top flight – would send them 10 points clear of Liverpool with a game in hand. Liverpool, though, have not lost to City at home in the league since May 2003.
Liverpool v City has become one of the fiercest rivalries in English football over recent seasons, with both teams competing for the top prizes both domestically and in Europe. The Reds – reigning champions – are in fourth place after losing their last two games at Anfield, while City are currently leading the way at the top.
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