As it happened: Remarkable Reds gain yet more ground in title race
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Full-time stats
Possession: 45%-55%

Shots: 12-18

On target: 5-3

Passes: 411-505

Pass accuracy: 78%-84%

Corners: 4-13

Fouls: 10-5

Full-time - Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City
The most crucial game in this Premier League season so far produces the most decisive result. Liverpool are now eight points clear at the summit, with City consigned to fourth heading into the third international break of the campaign.

It was a perfect beginning to the encounter for the Reds, as Fabinho and Salah scored a quick-fire double inside 12 minutes to immediately gain the upper hand. From there, any route back into the game for the visitors was restricted by the pure and unwitting resistance of Anfield's home stars.

They began the second half ideally too, with Mané adding a third in the 51st minute, and navigated a minor scare as City began to pile on pressure in the latter stages, eventually returning the deficit to two through Bernardo.

If the first half was a deceivingly even affair, the better team won in the end. This is Liverpool's night, and they will saunter into it in the knowledge that their challenge to dislodge City from their throne is remarkably strong now.

"You'll Never Walk Alone," sings Anfield in unison. The job is done.
Added time
90' The fourth official has indicated there will be four minutes of stoppage time.
Despite a minor scare, Liverpool's advantage is surely too great to be overcome at this point. The Reds are ever so close to a crucial victory.
Substitution - Liverpool
87' The final change of the game for the Reds sees goalscorer Salah make way for a defensive reinforcement in the shape of Gomez.
86' A superb opportunity for City to edge closer yet.

They work the ball nicely down the left flank from where Angeliño crosses. Walker meets the ball with his head but catches the underside and watches it sail over the bar.

83' The visitors appeal for a penalty as the ball strikes Alexander-Arnold's hand again, but both the referee and VAR are uninterested.

Guardiola cuts an incensed figure on the touchline.

80' City push for another, and nearly find it. Sterling darts into the box and offloads the ball for Jesus, but the latter fails to direct his flick towards goal.

Is a grandstand finish on the horizon?

Substitution - Liverpool
79' A second change of the game for the hosts as Firmino makes way for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
78' Impenetrable? Not quite.

Angeliño plays a pass across the Liverpool box to Bernardo lurking at the other side, and the Portuguese makes no mistake in guiding the ball home.

77' A good spell of pressure from the Citizens sees Sterling and Walker both register shots on goal, but the Liverpool defence holds strong.
City attempt to play out from the back, but Stones gets his pass to Angeliño horribly wrong and it nestles in the Anfield main stand.

That sums up tonight for the visitors fairly aptly.

Substitution - Manchester City
71' That's the end of Agüero's night. As he makes way for Jesus, it's now eight visits to Anfield without finding the net for the Argentine.
68' De Bruyne whips an inviting ball across the Liverpool goalmouth, but Agüero arrives too late to guide it home.
65' A penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down in the box after pressure from Mané. Michael Oliver dealt Rodri a yellow card for his protests, and VAR confirms the referee's decision not to award the foul.
Quite aside from being three goals to the good, Liverpool have edged possession in the second half. After momentary blips before the break, they are well and truly neutralising City's threats now.
Substitution - Liverpool
61' The first change of the match sees the hosts swap Henderson for Milner.
This is an open game now. City, for their part, have nothing to lose in their quest to amend their desperate predicament here, while Liverpool are hungry for more.
53' City go straight down the other end and nearly register their first of the match.

Sterling finds space down the left and weaves inside, evading several challenges before sizing up a shot at goal which is deflected high and wide.

51' It's three!

Henderson finds space down the right flank, drives, and whips a cross towards the back post where Mané was lurking. The forward was never going to miss from there.

What a start to the second half from Liverpool, and they're surely out of sight now.

Similarly to the first half, it's early pressure from City as they win two corners in quick succession, but fail to trouble the Liverpool goal.
46' Salah restarts proceedings for the second half.
The teams are back out and ready for the restart.
Action shots
Here's some of the best of the first half:

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Half-time stats
Possession: 46%-54%

Shots: 8-9

On target: 4-2

Passes: 216-250

Pass accuracy: 82%-86%

Corners: 2-5

Fouls: 7-4

Half-time - Liverpool 2-0 Manchester City
Quite in keeping with expectations, this has been a game of remarkably fine margins. Liverpool have played better, City certainly could have done much worse, and yet it's the latter heading into the break with the advantage to boast.

The Reds struck their first blow as early as the sixth minute when Fabinho drove home a powerful effort from outside the area. The Citizens thought they deserved a penalty at the other end prior to the goal, but VAR was unmoved.

Little more than five minutes later, Liverpool's lead was doubled. A sweeping move picked out Salah in space in the area, and the clinical forward duly dispatched his header past the flailing Bravo.

Since then, City have had sufficient chances to halve the deficit or even erase it altogether, but are lacking that decisive final touch. In that regard, they've been taught a valuable lesson by their hosts so far.

47' City work the ball forwards to Agüero, who wriggles free on the edge of the area and musters a tame shot at goal which is calmly clutched by Alisson.
Added time
46' There will be two minutes of stoppage time to round off the first half.
45' Liverpool win possession high up the pitch and work the ball to Salah on the edge of the area, but the Egyptian sees his curling effort saved expertly by Bravo.
42' De Bruyne receives possession centrally, turns, and supplies Agüero with a well-weighted pass. The Argentine drives forward and zips a shot goalwards, but it flashes wide of the post.

Another potentially profitable opportunity squandered.

Walker sizes up a shot from 25 yards and sends it horribly high and wide of goal. That sums up City's half so far: everything is there apart from when it matters at either end of the pitch.
38' A sensational run by Alexander-Arnold, from inside his own half, takes him to the edge of the area where he supplies Firmino, who gets the ball out of his feet and takes aim at goal, but Bravo is equal to it.
34' Liverpool register their first shot for some time. Lovren rises high to meet a corner, but fails to divert it goalwards.
The visitors are enjoying most of the possession here, but the quality of their chances isn't correlating. Liverpool are doing exceptionally well to limit the Citizens in that regard, leaving their opponents with a mighty mountain to climb.
29' Once again, City come agonisingly close to halving the deficit.

This time, Angeliño weaves his way into the area and takes aim for the corner, but a deflection guides the ball onto the outside of the post and out of play.

24' Excellent work from Agüero, who picks up possession in the box, nutmegs the defender and launches at goal, but Alisson is equal to it.
21' Fantastic build-up play from Liverpool as they chase a third.

Ultimately, Wijnaldum exchanges an incisive one-two with Mané and aims a short towards a far post, but sees it deflected wide for a corner.

Both sides are knocking the ball around with real verve. Liverpool aren't resting on their laurels and City won't lie down despite the early set-back. There's still a fascinating clash in the offing here.
City have arguably been the better team in the opening exchanges here, but have been made to pay for their profligacy and defensive disorganisation by the sheer ruthlessness of the Reds.
13' And Liverpool make them pay!

It's a breathtaking team goal from the Reds. Alexander-Arnold switches play to opposite wing-back Robertson, whose pinpoint cross meets the head of Salah to head home.

Again, VAR checked for a possible offside from the goalscorer, but the goal stands.

12' Again, De Bruyne's set-piece causes Liverpool all sorts of problems, but none of the City players diving in were able to make contact with the ball. Another big chance wasted.
9' A golden opportunity for City to equalise goes begging. De Bruyne's cross meets the leap of Sterling, but his header goes wide of Alisson's near post.
The ball certainly hit Alexander-Arnold's hand at the other end before Liverpool regained possession and mounted their counter-attack, but VAR adjudged it not to have been a clear and obvious error by referee Michael Oliver.
6' What a goal, and what a start for the Reds!

Fabinho slams the ball home from 25 yards after a failed clearance from City.

VAR was checking for a penalty at the other end, but the goal has now been confirmed. Advantage to the hosts.

5' De Bruyne whips in a corner and finds the head of Stones, but the centre-back fails to direct his header goalwards. It's been a positive start for the visitors.
2' Early pressure from City sees them win a succession of throw-ins and a corner, but nothing comes as a result.
1' Agüero and Gündogan get us underway.
On this Remembrance Sunday, a minute's silence will be held prior to kick-off in memory of the fallen.
The teams are greeted by a raucous crowd at Anfield.
Kick-off imminent
The stage is set. Anfield is filling, the players have completed their warm-ups and are about to embark out onto the pitch. It's nearly time.
Pep Guardiola quotes
Manchester City's boss was equally complimentary of the opposition with his pre-match comments:

"I just want my team to fight to the end. Liverpool are a team that lost one game last season, none this season, so you cannot believe that they will lose many. But the season is long.

"They do everything well. You see the team, what is the weak point? They are a real complete team and we need this kind of rival."

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Jürgen Klopp quotes
Here's what the Liverpool manager had to say to the press before the game:

"From a sport's point of view this rivalry is getting bigger and bigger. Thank god there is a rivalry because it means we are a pretty good team as well.

"If you are not brave against Man City you don't have the chance of even a point. Everyone has to be in top shape in the stadium. Everyone has to be there from the warm-up and investing all our emotions."

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Anfield agony
Manchester City have won just once in their last 28 league visits to Anfield. In fact, their 16 game winless run is the longest such streak they've endured against any opponent in Premier League history.

What's more, the Reds are unbeaten in 45 top flight matches on home turf. City will need something to give in order to close the current six-point gap between the two.

The significance of this clash has been reflected on the streets of Liverpool, as either team bus was engulfed in flares on their route to Anfield.

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It's as to be expected from Liverpool, who are boosted by the involvement of Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson, both of whom missed training earlier in the week.

Their only change from the victory over Aston Villa last weekend sees Fabinho come in for Adam Lallana.

City have a number of injury concerns to contend with, not least the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Ederson. Claudio Bravo comes in to replace him, while Scott Carson fills in on the bench.

However, they are bolstered by the appearance of David Silva among the substitutes - the Spaniard was not expected to be fit today.

Manchester City team
Bravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angeliño; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündogan; Bernardo, Agüero, Sterling.

Substitutes: Carson, Cancelo, Otamendi, David Silva, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus.

Liverpool team
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané.

Substitutes: Adrian, Gomez, Milner, Keita, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi.

Back closer to kick-off
We'll be back closer to kick-off on Sunday with more news as it unfolds from Anfield, starting with team news from 15:30 GMT.
The hosts also hold the edge in terms of form in the Premier League thus far this season, sitting six points ahead of the champions.

Jurgen Klopp's men have won 10 out of their first 11, only dropping points at Old Trafford, meaning they sit on an emphatic 31 points.

City have also been very impressive, although not quite to the level of Liverpool, winning eight, drawing once and losing twice.

The last time the sides met was in the Community Shield, with City coming out on top on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Head to head
The Reds hold the edge over the Blues when it comes to head to head.

Liverpool have 19 victories, there have been 16 draws and City have claimed all three points on nine times.

Predicted XI's
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Man City: ​Bravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho Mendy; Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne; Mahrez; Sterling, Aguero.

Man City team news
The biggest piece of team news for City is that, according to Pep Guardiola, Ederson will miss the trip to Anfield.

As well as this, City have a number of big names out injured. 

David Silva, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Leroy Sane all sidelined, surely handed Liverpool the edge. 

Liverpool team news
Jordan Henderson missed Liverpool's midweek UEFA Champions League win over K.R.C Genk through illness, although is expected to return in time for Sunday.

Xerdan Shaqiri and Joel Matip are still out, whilst Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term absentee. 

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Liverpool vs Manchester City. I'm Josh Slinger and I will be taking you through the news prior to kick-off before Jake Horwood takes you through the action as it unfolds from Anfield.