As it happened: Mahrez's missed penalty denies City three points at Anfield

As it happened: Mahrez's missed penalty denies City three points at Anfield

Defense reigns supreme as the league's most explosive offenses fail to make the mark as both Reds and Citizens take home a point.

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Neither team looked superior to the other, but the story of the day will surely be Mahrez's penalty miss. It looked like Jesus was lining up to take the spot kick, but Mahrez took the honors at the last second. Even then, City can't hand their head with a point from Anfield, a ground they have always struggled at. But make no mistake, Mahrez missed a massive chance.
After the draw, there is now a three way tie among City, Chelsea and Liverpool for first place. Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are two point out of first, tied at 18 points. For what has been pegged as a two horse race, it seems as if the fight for top of the table is just beginning.
Fulltime!
Not much to talk about in stoppage time as this one ends a 0-0 draw. It was a day to celebrate for defenders as both sides were resolute. Both sides leave this one with a deserved point, but Mahrez will rue his missed chance to give City their first Premier League win at Anfield in over 15 years.
90'
The board has gone up and there will be three minutes of stoppage time. Three minutes for a winner here.
88'
Mane goes down on the edge of the box after a challenge from Stones, but Atkinson says no foul and calls for a City goal kick. Running out of time here at Anfield.
86' PENALTY MISS
Oh my! I can't believe what I've just seen. Mahrez stepped up to spot, and his attempt was way over the bar. Just a terrible penalty take in what could have been three points for City.
85' PENALTY
Penalty to Manchester City! Van Dijk tries to take the ball off Sane on the goal line, but gets none of the ball as Atkinson points to the spot.
81'
David Silva plays an early ball to the feet of Sane, but Lovren does well to get over and clear the danger. Both of these sides look like they can score at any minute, but there isn't much time left as we head into the final 10 minutes.
79'
Gomez makes a brilliant run down the length of the pitch, holding off Sane the entire way. He gets the cross off which finds Sturridge, but there isn't enough pace on the ball to beat Ederson.
77'
Jesus skips past both Gomez and Lovren, but then goes down in the box. Atkinson doesn't spot Lovren catching Jesus in the face motions for him to get back up. Liverpool got away with that one, definitely a penalty there.
76' SUBSTITUTION
The afternoon ends for Sterling, who once again fails to make an impact at Anfield. Sane replaces him.
75'
A pair of chances here for City. The ball flashes across the Liverpool goal, but there is no City players there to turn it home. Mahrez collects the ball on the other side and takes a low shot at the near post, but Alisson does well to get down and turn the ball behind.
74'
A couple of poor tackles see Jesus running down the field with numbers, but Lovren makes an excellent tackle before Jesus can get rid of the ball. Crucial intervention by the Croatian.
72' SUBSTITUTION
Firmino makes way for recent hero Daniel Sturridge. He scored a late goal last week at Stamford Bridge. Can he make an impact once again?
69'
A long ball over the top finds Salah who has space to get at the shot off. Ederson was in a poor position, giving Salah plenty of goal to shoot for, but he can't keep his shot down as it sails into the audience.
68'
Jesus is quickly involved in City's play, being waved offside on a long ball over the top. Really poor timing by the striker who was incredibly off.
66' SUBSTITUTION
Sergio Aguero afternoon is over as Gabriel Jesus ​replaces him.
65'
City defend the free kick well and Walker sprints down the line past Lovren. The Croatian catches up to him and forces the error as Henderson takes the ball, leaving Walker on the floor.
63' YELLOW CARD
Firmino and Salah link up well as Salah gets past Mendy. The City defender is then shown yellow for pulling at Salah from behind.
62'
Gomez lays the ball off for Salah on the edge of the box. The forward has enough space to get his shot off and tries a curler, but there isn't any pace on the shot as Ederson catches the ball.
61'
Mahrez is able to shake his defender and get a look at goal. His low shot beats Alisson but goes just wide. Easily the best chance of the day for City so far.
60'
City appeal for a penalty after van Dijk handles the ball in the box, but Atkinson calls a foul on Fernandinho prior to the offense.
58'
Fernandinho finds himself in some space outside the box and has a go at goal. Instead he finds the 15th row as his shot is nowhere near the target.
56' YELLOW CARD
Henderson goes down after a late challenge to the knew by Aguero, and the Argentinian is awarded a yellow. Henderson is slow to get up but is able to go on as play continues.
54'
Huge chance by Liverpool as they work the ball within the six yard box, but Mane and Keita don't communicate well as neither player can get a shot off before the ball spills away from goal.
53'
Wijnaldum nearly gets the ball inside the City box, but Mendy slides in between Gini and the ball at the last second to dispossess him. Liverpool are looking sharper they did for most of the first half.
50'
Henderson played a great ball to Gomez who was in space. He takes his touch inside and then tries to get a shot off outside the box, but the shot is smothered by the City defense. That is some positive play from the hosts.
49'
Neither side on the front foot so far in the opening minutes of the half. City and Liverpool just trading possession back and forth as they continue to try and catch the other off guard.
Second Half Kickoff
Liverpool take the kick to start the second half. Will someone find the breakthrough, or is this a rare 0-0 draw waiting to happen?
Klopp and Pep certainly got a good look at each other's side and will have to make adjustments to find the breakthrough. It will be interesting to see the game plan from both sides in the second half as it was mostly a stalemate in the first. Look for Sane to come in at some point to make an impact.
However, City's possession hasn't translated to chances. The Liverpool defense has been strong, and City have struggled to find any looks at goal. The same goes for Liverpool as neither side have had a real chance at goal.
Halftime!
Two minutes of stoppage time go by with little event as this one is scoreless at the break. Liverpool were running all over City in the opening minutes, but the visitors have settled in and have seen most of the ball. 
45'
The free kick is delivered to the side of the Liverpool box to Laporte but is smothered by Lovren who sends it out for a throw in. Liverpool have absorbed the City offense well but need to get things working offensively if they want to win this one.
43'
Bernardo is fouled in the midfield after late tackle by Henderson. The free kick is too far out for a shot at goal but is in a dangerous area to deliver into the box.
41'
Liverpool deal with a quick City counter attack and try to break on a counter of their own, but Keita's pass to the wings is lazy and easily picked off by Silva. Poor passing has been Liverpool's undoing for most of the half. It's been City's as well as neither side look sharp when passing the ball.
38'
Sterling and Mendy link up well on the edge of the box to work the ball in to David Silva. He takes his touch towards goal, but van Dijk does well to clear the danger for a corner kick. The resulting to corner is headed out with ease by Lovren.
35'
Liverpool are starting to press once again but aren't winning the ball like they were earlier. They are pushing City back and disrupting their offensive play, but Liverpool are struggling to link anything together on the offensive front.
32'
A long ball forward finds Firmino who flicks the ball forward towards Salah. The Egyptian can't get on the end of it, and Firmino comes flying in for the challenge. He wins the ball on a shoulder-to-shoulder tackle but is whistled for a foul. Firmino wasn't happy with that, arguing with Martin Atkinson ​over the call.
29' SUBSTITUTION
Keita enters the game for the injured Milner. No word on what has happened to the Liverpool man as he walks off the pitch on his own and down the tunnel.
28'
Play has been stopped as Milner goes down. There was no contact as the midfielder went down, and Keita is being prepared on the sideline. The physios are attending to Milner on the pitch, but it looks like his afternoon may be over.
25'
A lot of lateral passing along the back from City as they try to pick a way through this established Liverpool side. The Reds haven't seen much of the ball over the last five eight minutes or so, but they look very well organized. City are struggling to create chances.
22' YELLOW CARD
Bernardo Silva is shown yellow after a poor tackle on Salah. With all of his studs going into Salah's ankle, that one had to hurt.
20'
City with an extended bit of possession in the Liverpool third, but the defense looks firm. Aguero goes down in the box, and nearly gets up for a chance at goal. Lovren then ushers the ball out, clearing the danger.
17'
Henderson nearly finds Salah who broke down the middle. Salah timed his run well, right off the shoulder of the last defender, but the ball was just out of his range as Ederson beats him to it.
15'
City have finally slowed the pace of the game down after a rampant start by Liverpool. Starting to see a bit more of the ball, but Liverpool's pressing is still causing problems as City are struggling to complete their passes.
13'
Gomez makes a mistake, taking a poor touch to get dispossessed by Fernandinho. He does well to track back and block Sterling's cross inside the Liverpool box.
12'
Liverpool look dangerous from the set piece. Milner's delivery from the corner kick was good, and Lovren rose highest to make contact with the ball. He couldn't get his head around the ball however, and it was an easy ball to deal with for Ederson.
9'
Andrew Robertson flicks the ball over Walker and tries to get his cross away, but Stones gets in and stuffs the attempt for a Liverpool corner. The resulting corner is too close to the keeper and Ederson collects. So far it has been all Liverpool in the opening minutes.
6'
Sadio Mane gets free from Bernardo Silva on the goal line and nearly finds Salah on the back post, but Benjamin Mendy intervenes right before the ball can finds its intended target.
4'
Salah gets the ball in the box and makes enough space between himself and Stones to get the shot away, but the angle is too narrow and he fires wide.
2'
Manchester City nearly catch Liverpool on the counter attack. Kyle Walker tries to find Aguero who was sprinting down the middle, but the striker went far too early and was called offside.
Kickoff
Aguero plays the ball back, and this top-of-the-table clash is underway!
The players are lining up in the tunnel, exchanging pleasantries, but it is going to be anything but pleasant when they meet on the pitch. Just moments away from kick-off!
The changes in defense for both sides are purely tactical as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Otamendi are both on the bench today. Gomez has been given a big test by his manager, pairing up against Raheem Sterling on the wing. On the other side, Stones will need a big game if he is to stop Liverpool's front three. 
No de Bruyne on the team sheet for Manchester City despite positive developments over the week. It was incredible that he was even able to return to training this week, but it would have been nothing short of a miracle if he was able to feature today.
Pep Guardiola has also made a change at the back. John Stones comes into the lineup in place of Nicolas Otamendi, who has started most of City's matches this season. Leroy Sane has also been relegated to the bench in favor of summer signing Riyad Mahrez.
He has had some impressive performances as substitute over the last month, and gets the nod for today's crucial match.
The hosts are mostly unchanged other than the change at the back. Dejan Lovren will be pairing with Virgil van Dijk with Joe Gomez pushed out wide into the right-back position. Interesting change by Klopp as Gomez has been at his best when playing central.
Manchester City Substitutes
Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sane, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden
Manchester City Starting XI
Ederson; Mendy, Laporte, Stones, Walker; David Silva, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez
Liverpool Substitutes
Mignolet, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Matip, Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool Starting XI
Alisson; Gomez, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson; Mane, Firmino, Salah
Team news will be out an hour to kick-off, around 3:30 PM. VAVEL UK will have all the updates leading up to this match of the week, so you don't have to look far as we will keep you up to speed.
Liverpool's midfield also may need some changes. After three stagnant performances, some kind of change needs to be made, but Klopp will also most likely put his faith in his preferred midfielders of James Milner and ​Georgino Wijnaldum. The third midfield spot is typically up for grabs but look for captain Jordan Henderson ​to most likely take up the role.
Mohamed Salah has yet to find his form from last year, and there is concern that the pressure to do so is affected his performance. Even so, it is hard to imagine Klopp benching him and will most likely put his faith in the star man. A goal against City would do wonders for his confidence.
Manchester City also come into this match with big boosts on the injury front. Kevin de Bruyne returned to training and could potentially feature way before his expected recovery date. There have also been murmurs of Sergio Aguero being injured, but after playing midweek there is little doubt that the Argentinian will start this afternoon.
Liverpool come into this matchup with a relatively clean injury list. Other than their long term injuries, Jurgen Klopp should have everyone available to him. ​Naby Keita had an injury scare when stretchered off in Naples midweek but is available this weekend after it was revealed to not be a severe issue.
Depending on the Chelsea result tomorrow, a win for either side could set them apart early in the race for the Premier League crown. In a race that many pundits say is between these two sides only, a victory here would be massive for the victor.
The power of Anfield cannot be downplayed when looking at this huge matchup. Liverpool usually come up big in front of their home crowd, and Manchester City have a hard time dealing with the legendary atmosphere.
The only victory at Anfield that Manchester City have in all competitions within those last 15 years was when they beat Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final in a shootout. While they took the trophy home that day, the Citizens still didn't beat the Reds in regulation time.
Despite City's dominance in recent years, Anfield remains one of the few grounds that continue to challenge them year after year. The last time City won at Anfield in the Premier League was May 3rd, 2003, over 15 years ago.
The concern for Liverpool is will they be able to match City's offense. Both of these sides have been known to score goals in bundles over the last couple of seasons, but Liverpool seems to be caught in a rut with a midfield that is failing to provide goals or assists. This has made it tougher on their prolific front three to produce the same results they had last season.
Their opponents today also have only conceded three goals, but the difference is in Manchester City's offensive potency. With 21 goals over seven matches so far, it doesn't look like the defending champions have missed a step from last season. However, it is important to note that 11 of those have come against bottom feeders Cardiff City and Huddersfield. 
Manchester City also come into today's matchup undefeated, facing little trouble on the way. The Citizens have won three of their opening matches by three goals or more and have only conceded three goals in the league so far.
Daniel Sturridge was the hero for Liverpool last week at Stamford Bridge, scoring a goal of the year contender in the 89th minute to steal a point from Chelsea and keep Liverpool's undefeated start to the season intact.
Liverpool come into this matchup in the wake of some disappointing results for the club that started the season so hot. While they are still undefeated in the Premier League, the Reds are winless in their last three matches in all competitions, losing to both Napoli and Chelsea in cup action.
Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute coverage of this afternoon's matchup between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield in the Premier League. I'm Maxwell Hogg and will be providing you with all the updates for today's battle for top of the table.
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