Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool as it happened: Devasting counter-attacks prove the difference
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Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool as it happened: Devasting counter-attacks prove the difference

Manchester City were excellent tonight and scored the winning goal on the counter-attack to give Liverpool a taste of their own medicine

Aaron Hindhaugh
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Should Klopp have changed how he normally plays by dropping Shaqiri from the start or were City just too good tonight
That was probably Liverpool's worst performance of the season and what a game it came in
Man City were the better side on the night and reduce the deficit at the top of the league to just four points now which is set to make for a great second half of the season
What a great game that was between the two best teams in the league and how will Liverpool respond to their first defeat in the league this season
Full time here at the Etihad and Manchester City have picked up a very important victory over the table toppers which may see the title momentum swing back in the Manchester club's favour 

There will be five minutes added time if Liverpool are going to score they are going to have to create something soon


We are approaching stoppage time now and B. Silva smashes a shot at Alisson but it falls perfectly to Sterling who connects well with his shot but watches it fly wide agonisingly close

85' Substitutions

Laporte has gone off for Walker and Otamendi has come on to replace captain Vincent Kompany whereas Sturridge has come on for Wijnaldum


Salah comes so close to making it all square but Ederson gets a hand to his shot to tip it around the pots for a corner


Huge chance for Aguero to kill the game off as City break again and Lovren tries to play offside which goes horribly wrong and Geuro tries to take it around Alisson but he makes a great save to keep Liverpool in the game


Man City happy to let Liverpool to just pass the ball sideways and backwards now


Substitution for Liverpool in reaction to going behind with Klopp taking off Mane and bringing on Shaqiri


That goal has really got the City fans going again with the momentum swinging once more in the champions' favour

Was a great break from Sterling who received the ball on the half ay line and burst inside before picking out Sane who was free just outside the box and he took a touch into the box and smashed his shot off the post and pas Alisson who had no chance
71' GOAL

What a quick counter-attack that was from one end where Salah looked to be in before Ederson came racing out his box and within seconds Sane had scored at the other

That was a goal that seemed unlikely, especially at this stage of the game as City seemed very calm on the ball 
Danilo got caught underneath the cross-field switch and Kompany left Firmono free at the back post 
63' GOAL

Alexander Arnold spreads a cross-field ball to Robertson who crosses it first time to Firmino who was unmarked at the back post to head into an empty net


Ederson with another error as he comes to punch clear a free kick but does not get to it and it falls to Firmino but he manages to slide back and himself and Kompany manage to keep it out


Man City have totally taken the sting out of the game and are very happy to just keep possession this half


Not many chances with Liverpool making their first substitution of the game with Fabinho coming on for James Milner


It seems every time Liverpool try to start an attack Fernandinho is there to stop it almost immediately, what a difference he has made to this City side


City have started the same way they finished the first half by pressing Liverpool very quickly in midfield and breaking quickly out wide

Second half is back underway for what is set to be an exciting 45 minutes of football
Alisson should have saved Aguero's shot but what a strike it was, the power he got on the shot seemed to take Alisson completely by surprise
However, City have been the better team overall and always threatened to get in behind the Liverpool defence and the first time a defender switched off Aguero punished them
Half-time thoughts

Liverpool will not know how they did not score when Alisson made that strange decision to dive in front of Stones' clearance

44' As we approach half-time the atmosphere has increased dramatically since that goal and the Liverpool players seem happy to go in at the break only one down
Great play by Aguero who got ahead of Lovren and on his left shot and no right to score from such a tight angle and questions will be asked of Alisson if that turns out to be a decisive goal 
40' GOAL
Man City take the lead at the Etihad through Sergio Aguero who smashes past Alisson who gets beat at his near post

Liverpool's midfield doing very well in limiting the amount of time David Silva is having on the ball


Man City have lost some momentum these last few minutes which will suit Liverpool being able to take the sting out the game and the crowd


Kompany is forced into making a sliding tackle on Salah and wins the ball cleanly but ends up with a free-kick going against him and a yellow card to his name


Sterling beats Robertson for pace and cuts back inside to find David Silva but he takes a touch which allows Van Dijk to close him down and clear it


City are in the ascendancy now finding Sane and Bernardo Silva in space a few times, just the final ball which is lacking to cut open this Liverpool defence 


Liverpool are now starting to come into the game after that few minutes of madness in the City box


A firey start to this match with the Man City fans booing every Liverpool player as well as Fernandinho who tackles Robertson and follows through on the Scott

We are underway at the Etihad and both sets of fans are up for it
As well as Klopp going for Milner and Henderson in the midfield tonight which suggest a more composed approach tonight 
A few surprises in both teams with Laporte in at LB ahead of Zinchenko
Team news for Man City: Ederson; Danilo, Stones, Kompany, Laporte; Fernandinho, David Silva; Sane, Bernardo Silva, Sterling; Aguero


Team news for Liverpool tonight:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Mane, Salah, Firmino

Check back here on Vavel for teams news from 7pm when we will see if Klopp goes defensive or all out like always
Guardiola will be worried about Liverpool's front three and Klopp will be worried about City's flair and goals from midfield 
Man City have only beaten Liverpool once in their last eight meetings and that victory came in the same game Sadio Mane was sent off for a high boot on Ederson
Klopp will be hoping for a repeat of last season's results against the champions when they won all three fixtures they played against Man City last season
The Man City boss was talking about how his side can not afford to make any mistakes against Liverpool: Liverpool will punish for mistakes. They are so, so good."
Raheem Sterling will be facing his former club tonight and he is confident his side can pick up three points tonight: "We play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone"
Both managers have been trying to big up the other team with Guardiola saying Liverpool are the best team in the league at the moment and maybe even in the world
Klopp said that the game tonight: "It is one of the hardest games you can play in the modern world"
Guardiola will know that he can not go all out attack like he usually does in games as he knows from last season the threat Liverpool have on the counter-attack.
Klopp will likely pick the same team he has done for the last few games with only Xherdan Shaqiri possibly dropping out for another central midfielder.
The return of the Brazilian will allow Pep Guardiola to have John Stones back in defence instead of in the holding midfield role
Fernandinho has been a huge miss for the Citizens and his absence has proved that he may be the most important player in the squad
However, the champions will be delighted to have crucial midfielder Fernandinho back in the starting XI for the game tonight.
People will be expecting goals but Jurgen Klopp knows that if Liverpool just avoid defeat they will keep their seven-point lead or even extend it so I am expecting a solid defensive performance from the Reds.
Liverpool go into the game already seven points clear of Manchester City so anything less than three points for the champions could see Liverpool have one hand on the title.
This game between the champions and the challengers is set to be lively and hopefully full of goals.
I am Aaron Hindhaugh and I have the privilege of giving you all the details of what is happening in one of the biggest matches in the Premier League in recent years. Kick-off is set for 8pm GMT.