Full-time. What an exciting game this has been, and Liverpool look to have one hand on the Premier League trophy now. The players celebrate; Steven Gerrard looks about to burst into tears. The Manchester City contingent, on the other hand, are stony-faced - and well they might be. So how can Chelsea respond to this? They take on Swansea next. In the meantime, thank you for joining me this afternoon.
- 2nd Half
- SterlingLucas Leiva90'
- Johnson (o.g.)62'
- 1st Half
- Javi Garcia21'
- TouréJavi Garcia19'
Liverpool - Manchester City
Premier League - 13 April 2014
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Raheem Sterling gets his round of applause too, replaced by Lucas.
City hoist it forward once more, but they concede a free-kick in return due to Zabaleta's handball.
Jordan Henderson is sent off for a very nasty challenge on Nasri. He's applauded off by the Liverpool fans.
Five minutes are going to be added on at Anfield - plenty of time for more goals, wouldn't you say?
Coutinho is replaced by Moses - he can't play against Chelsea, but he can play against Manchester City...
That's twice Suarez has played on after being flagged offside.
Free-kick to City out on the right, and Johnson can't clear - he just heads it up into the air. Some desperate last-gasp defending now as we move into the last five minutes.
Milner really has made the difference for City this half. He continues to pose problems for Liverpool, but his colleagues are starting to look somewhat shattered now.
Will Coutinho's goal prove the winner? He also scored in the reverse fixture this season (2-1 Man City on Boxing Day) - and Manchester City are the first opponent he has scored more than one Premier League goal against.
Demichelis rises to meet the ball, and heads downwards, but Mignolet is there, and Allen was on the line behind him, just in case.
Manchester City are going for another equaliser. Corner.
What a game this has been. With that third goal, only Chelsea (103 in 2009/10) and Manchester United (97 in 1999/2000) have scored more goals in an entire Premier League season than Liverpool (93) have so far in this campaign - although Manchester City also scored 93 in 2011/12.
GOAL! Well, would you credit it? Vincent Kompany, who Manchester City were so fretful about before the match, swings a leg and slices it as far as Coutinho, who rifles home to restore a slender lead.
Zabaleta gets a booking for a foul committed a few minutes ago. He is puzzled.
Oh, WHAT a chance! Aguero does brilliantly down the left, and places the ball just in front of David Silva, who simply can't make enough contact with it, despite stretching his leg as far as is humanly possible.
City are claiming for their own penalty now, but Clattenburg is equally impressed. It looked like Silva ran into Flanagan then, leaving the Liverpool player rather stunned.
That's two offsides in the space of as many minutes as City push up and allow Liverpool to loiter. Good defensive work.
Joe Allen is looking lively in the box, but Manchester City are looking more confident about dealing with this Liverpool frontline now.
That Manchester City equaliser, by the way, is being officially attributed as a Glen Johnson own goal.
Dzeko is replaced by Sergio Aguero. What can he conjure up for the last 20 minutes or so?
End-to-end stuff, wouldn't you say? Tough to keep up with this counter-attacking and Liverpool's sudden-onset panic.
Kompany has a hand on Suarez's chest and the Liverpool striker once more goes to ground with a flourish. Once more, no penalty.
Sturridge is replaced by Allen.
GOAL! What a kerfuffle, and what drama! Silva moves in on the left, and Mignolet is utterly deceived at the near post as the cross takes a big touch off Johnson for an own goal.
Sturridge is challenged by Zabaleta, and the referee awards not a penalty, but a corner kick.
Corner to City. It flies across everyone, and Liverpool are swift on the break!
More confusion in the Liverpool box! They're looking shaken now.
And Suarez gets himself involved in another altercation - he has no interest in taking the kick-off quickly, and seizes the ball to delay it as much as possible. Slightly early for time-wasting, one would think.
City deserve that for their efforts. They've edged the possession this half so far.
GOAL! Nicely built from City. James Milner does the hard work, and David Silva meets it in the middle, lofting it over the challenges from the Liverpool defence.
Manchester City are trying to pass their way forward, and Kompany moves up the field unchallenged. His threaded ball is summarily dealt with.
A mistake from Clichy nearly lets Sterling in, and then City clear for a counter-attack but Flanagan makes the challenge on Milner. The pace is just as frantic as it was in the first half, but City are making more of a fist of it.
Demichelis is furious with Luis Suarez, who hits the deck on the edge of the box. The defender reckons he never made contact, and the replay certainly does look that way.
Gael Clichy looks annoyed with his team-mates; he's looking to take a throw but nobody is making a move for him.
Only twice before have Liverpool not won from a two-goal lead in a Premier League home match: weirdly, both came in September 2002, when they drew 2-2 against both Newcastle United and Birmingham City.
There we go, there's James Milner replacing Navas.
City look set for some substitutions here. That's not a surprise - they certainly need to change something.
Rather optimistic from Sterling, who battles through and beats all the obstacles City put in front of him - then he lets fly and that curls wide.
Manchester City have not avoided defeat from a two-goal deficit in a Premier League away match since 28 December 2008, when they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Blackburn Rovers.
Navas tries to play in Zabaleta, but Liverpool continue to close everything down.
City press from the off, and again every exchange of passes is met with disdain by the Liverpool fans.
We kick off the second half, and here's another statistic: this is the first time in over a year that Manchester City have conceded more than one first half goal in the Premier League. The last time was 43 matches ago, on 9 February 2013 when they trailed 2-1 at the break at Southampton, and went on to lose that match 3-1.
Hart punches the corner away, and that's half-time. Liverpool have been utterly dominant; Manchester City have rallied a little in the last ten minutes or so, but the loss of Yaya Toure through injury so early on has shaken them. Let's see what the second half brings us.
One last chance for Liverpool - Suarez can't get past Kompany, but he can get a corner from it.
And then Fernandinho gets booked for obstructing Suarez, who crashes to the ground with some velocity.
Fernandinho turns and strikes from the edge of the area! Mignolet bats it away.
This confusion is City's best chance of a goal so far this half; Mignolet can't claim but his defence are right there on the line to hack it away, and the goalkeeper eventually gets his hands on it.
A chance on the break as Navas makes a good run on the right. He plays Silva in but he can't get his head to it properly. Sakho nudges it out for a corner.
Manchester City, at this rate, will be happy to get to half-time with just those two goals conceded. At the moment they're struggling to string a couple of passes together.
Ball in from Sterling on the left, but Sturridge doesn't connect. City clear and Coutinho nips in, but all he can do is shoot wide.
Liverpool have scored against Manchester City in every single top-flight home match they've had against them since 1986 - 20 games since their 0-0 draw in the old Division One on 25 August 1986.
Silva hits it right into the wall, and although Clichy tries to get it back into the box from his position on the left, Mignolet has no trouble there.
Mignolet marshals his wall, who are having a few little shoves with the looming Manchester City men.
Coutinho clips the ankles of Dzeko, and the referee awards the free-kick, just outside the box.
Not such a dangerous corner that time, and Manchester City clear and push forward themselves.
Another corner to Liverpool, with Fernandinho blocking Coutinho's ball in.
Sakho challenges Dzeko, gets nowhere near the ball, and his boot is somewhere near the striker's waist. No penalty awarded by referee Mark Clattenburg. Perhaps the fall to the floor was a little too dramatic for his tastes.
Another stat for you. Martin Skrtel has now scored seven Premier League goals this season. Before this campaign he had only scored seven PL goals in his entire Liverpool career.
Gerrard pinches the ball off the feet of Dzeko as he prepares to strike in the box. Liverpool are dominant.
A rather weak ball in from Navas, gently looping into the hands of Mignolet.
And it's another chance for Liverpool on the counter-attack, Sturridge and Suarez combining, but Sterling can't tap it home. Hart is livid with his defence.
City retain possession as they attempt to create a chance, and the Anfield crowd heckle and whistle every pass.
Can Manchester City get back into this? A goal before half-time would help them no end, but they are being outpaced so far.
GOAL! Gerrard takes the corner this time, and Skrtl makes no mistake at the near post. He glances it over Joe Hart and into the far corner.
Liverpool launch a counter-attack. Another corner to them, taken by Coutinho, and Gerrard is left utterly alone in the centre of the box, and he gets his head firmly to it. Great save from Hart.
Silva and Nasri exchange passes in and around the box, but that final incisive ball just isn't there.
This is a fast, frantic pace and Manchester City have been on the back foot from the outset. The Liverpool midfield are harrying them every time they get possession.
Finally, a corner to Manchester City. Flanagan clears, and then Silva gives away the free-kick for shoving Suarez over.
Javi Garcia goes through the back of Henderson; there's no lack of passion and commitment on display. Not the best start to his game, though.
Toure is applauded off, and Javi Garcia replaces him.
As Toure has to stop running and sits down on the pitch, another statistic - Liverpool have won all seven previous Premier League matches in which Raheem Sterling has scored.
Sterling makes a mazy run to the edge of the box, with a handful of City players crowding him out.
Toure is looking in a fair amount of discomfort. This may be an enforced early substitution.
Great cross in from Raheem Sterling! It lands temptingly in front of the City defence, but Daniel Sturridge can't control it - it bounces wide off the side of his right foot.
Dzeko runs down the left, plays across to Nasri, and Toure shoots from the edge of the box. It's much too high, and he's hurt his left knee in the process. Looks like he's OK to continue, though.
Wide to Johnson, who plays Coutinho in, and he makes a good run forward. Suarez can't quite get it through to Sterling, though.
With that goal, Man City became the tenth team to concede 800 goals in the Premier League. They conceded their first to Andy Sinton in a 1-1 home draw against Queens Park Rangers on 17 August 1992.
Optimistic ball forward from Glen Johnson, and that's easy for Hart to claim.
Sturridge races in to the box, but his ball in towards Suarez is bundled out. City are struggling here - they haven't got going.
Zabaleta makes an attempt to play Toure through after a good run, but the pass is much too weighted - he's never going to get near that.
Joe Hart will be relieved to take this goal kick and slow things down a little...perhaps even launch a Manchester City attack.
In from Gerrard, but it misses everyone's head.
Liverpool are motivated even more than they were to start with - which was a lot. Corner kick.
And with that, Liverpool extend their Premier League record run of scoring in the first half to 24 consecutive matches.
GOAL! What a start! Suarez plays Sterling through, and as the Manchester City defence moves across to close him down, he takes his time, moves round Kompany and fires past Joe Hart.
Suarez goes right through Demichelis and gets an early booking for his troubles.
Liverpool look the brighter so far; the Manchester City back line are alert to the threat at the moment.
First attempt on goal from Coutinho, but that's well wide.
Some head-tennis in the middle of the park, and it's eventually out for a Liverpool throw.
Kompany manages to hold of Suarez and make a sharp turn - his knee seems to be holding up so far.
Expecting some goals early on? Manchester City (13) and Liverpool (12) have scored the most goals in the first 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season. On the other hand, City are the only team not to have conceded a goal in this period in the Premier League this campaign, while Liverpool have conceded four.
We kick off, then, on this very sunny afternoon, with a bit of a breeze cutting across the field as well.
The players line up around the centre circle ready for the minute's silence.
A rousing rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', with Brendan Rodgers a part of the massed voices.
Interesting little historical fact - these teams have met only once before on this day, but that was over a century ago. Back in 1901 Liverpool won 3-1 at Anfield in the old Division One, and proceeded to go on to win the first of their 18 top-flight titles.
"The players have been great, and their confidence is high," says Brendan Rodgers. "We know it's a significant game...we're not daunted by it. We love playing here - the passion of the supporters is immense."
Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush are out on the pitch, accepting commemorative wreaths from Manchester City, represented by Tony Book, Joe Corrigan and Mike Summerbee.
The half-hour countdown is under way, and it's time for speculation on each team's approach this afternoon. Jamie Carragher talks about the role Steven Gerrard might play: "It's difficult to stop Silva when he's got the ball...so the important thing is to stop the supply getting into him."
Will Sergio Aguero get on the pitch later this afternoon? He's named on the bench - and has the best minutes per goal ratio in the Premier League this season, with a goal every 80 minutes. In comparison, Luis Suarez's stats show he scores every 87 minutes and Daniel Sturridge every 101 minutes.
Of course, it's likely to be an emotional day at Anfield all round regardless. The game kicks off at 13.37, after the minute's silence commemorating 25 years since Hillsborough.
Kompany's presence is likely to be key for Manchester City. They've lost three of their five Premier League away matches without him this season, compared to only one defeat in the 11 he has played in.
So Vincent Kompany makes it after that injury scare during the week, and Sergio Aguero is on the Manchester City bench; Liverpool are unchanged.
Here are the teams for the afternoon. Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Toure, Agger, Aspas, Moses, Allen, Lucas. /// Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Garcia, Milner, Negredo, Aguero.
Good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the biggest Premier League game of the weekend as leaders Liverpool take on third-place Manchester City. The general consensus seems to be that the winning team today will also be winning the title - so who will end up on top?
- 22S. Mignolet
- 2G. Johnson
- 37M. Škrtel
- 17M. Sakho
- 38J. Flanagan
- 8S. Gerrard
- 10P. Coutinho(89': V. Moses)
- 14J. Henderson
- 31R. Sterling(90': Lucas Leiva)
- 15D. Sturridge(66': J. Allen)
- 7L. Suárez