Liverpool overwhelm City to take revenge for Wembley defeat

Liverpool overwhelm City to take revenge for Wembley defeat
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Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for tonight. I've been Oliver Emmerson, and until next time, goodnight!

Elsewhere in the Premier League tonight: Manchester United 1-0 Watford; Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United; West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur; Arsenal 1-2 Swansea City.

Adam Lallana got the ball rolling in the first half, and James Milner added a second before half-time to put City firmly on the backfoot. Roberto Firmino added the third in the second half, on a brilliant night for the Redmen.

All over at Anfield, a fantastic performance from the hosts, who take revenge for Sunday's Capital One Cup final loss. That's put a huge dent in Manchester City's title hopes, and there are now serious doubts over whether or not they'll even qualify for the top four.

Full-time: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City (Lallana, Milner, Firmino)

90: Three minutes of added time at Anfield, but the announcement is overshadowed by a spectacular Joe Allen strike. The ball fell over his shoulder, and he half-volleyed it onto the top of Hart's net.

88: Liverpool's final change of the night, James Milner off for Jordon Ibe. He's been subject to some criticism this season, but this evening has been one of his best performances in a red shirt.

85: Close! That's a cracking effort from the Liverpool skipper, getting it up and over the wall, but just wide of the post. Joe Hart was beaten.

84: Kompany with a poor challenge on the edge of the area. Henderson will take the free-kick.

80: 10 minutes left on the clock. If Liverpool go on to take all three points, they'll move up to eighth position in the league. Although they've got a game in hand, Manchester City will be level on points with their dear rivals United.

74: City substitute, Kolarov on for Clichy. Why, you ask? I'm not really sure. For Liverpool, Firmino comes off for Joe Allen. 

71: Sergio Aguero has a chance as he bursts past Lovren and into the area, but it's brilliant defending from Kolo Toure, who shields the ball away from him and Liverpool clear the danger. This is set to be City's third straight league defeat, with games against relegation threatened Aston Villa and Norwich City coming up, before a potential top-four decider against Manchester United.

69: First change for Liverpool, Benteke is going to get a run out for 20 minutes, on for his countryman Origi, who's had a quietly impressive evening.

67: Adam Lallana was involved in an incident with Yaya Toure on Sunday, and now he's having handbags with Jesus Navas, someone of a slightly similar stature. Yellow for Navas, who shoved Lallana after the Englishman was victim to a little pushing and pulling.

64: Liverpool are running riot at the moment. Despite the number of attackers they've got on the pitch, Manchester City can't get out of their own half. Milner again a threat, dancing in-between two men as he dribbles into the penalty area, before sending a left footed effort just wide.

60: Great save from Hart! The ball breaks freely for Milner in the midfield, and his first time effort is a powerful one, tipped over brilliantly by England's number one. Nothing comes from the corner, which won't come as a surprise if you're a Reds fan.

57: Brilliant finish from Firmino, but it's great from Lallana again. He uses Origi's strength to take the ball, before rushing forward and sliding in the Brazilian, who curls a first time finish past Joe Hart.

GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 up! Firmino!

54: Another attacking change for the away side, as Fernandinho is taken off for Iheanacho. So City now have Fernando and Silva in centre midfield, with Navas, Iheanacho, Bony and Aguero ahead of them.

47: The hosts start the second half as they ended the first, on the front foot. Flanagan picks Firmino out with a good ball, and the Brazilian tees up Origi for a shot, which stings the hands of Hart before being swept away by City.

45: Kick-off in the second half

About to get back underway, Sterling has been taken off, Bony replaces him.

A brilliant half for the Reds, who are putting the bad memories of Sunday behind them. It's been poor for City, but they're not completely out of it yet. Adding to that, Tottenham are losing 0-1 to West Ham, whilst Arsenal are drawing 1-1 at home to Swansea, both good results for the Citizens. No goals in the other Premier League games, with Manchester United playing Watford, and Stoke City facing Newcastle.

Half-time: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester City (Lallana, Milner)

45+1: Sergio Aguero gets a free header in the area, but James Milner blocks brilliantly on the line. With his chest, it should be said, after a few appeals for handball.

45: One minute of added time, City have a good position for a free-kick, can they nick a goal?

42: The crowd loved that one there, as Emre Can gets past Fernando with a lovely bit of skill. They'll be delighted to take a two goal lead into half time, unless we see another in the next few minutes. City really had got into the game just before Lallana scored, Aguero looking very dangerous, but now they're two down.

40: What a brilliant play from Liverpool! Lallana takes the ball on the turn brilliantly, slipping it to Firmino on the inside. He gives it to Milner, who bursts beyond the City defence, before toe-poking the ball in past Joe Hart to make it two. 

GOAL! James Milner doubles the Liverpool lead!

34: Just as City were getting into the game, enjoying some possession, Adam Lallana puts Liverpool ahead! Is it a goalkeeping mistake, or a brilliantly accurate finish? Lallana shot from around 25 yards out on his left, and it goes straight into the bottom corner, but not at a breathtaking pace in the slightest. Slow feet from Hart perhaps? Either way, 1-0 Liverpool!

GOAL! Adam Lallana gives Liverpool the lead!

29: Almost a chance for City as Flangan gives the ball away under pressure in his own half, but Liverpool get back in numbers before that same man wins the ball back.

28: Sterling gets away from Flanagan for long enough to go for goal, his effort sails well wide and is met by cheers from the home crowd.

23: A shot on target for, unsurprisingly, Liverpool. Firmino found half a yard of room on the edge of the area, but his shot was straight at Joe Hart. Up at the other end, Jesus Navas tests Simon Mignolet's reflexes in the penalty area, yet in truth it was more of a cross than a shot.

19: Liverpool are having much of the ball, as they did on Sunday, but not doing too much with it. Lallana and Flanagan combine before a corner is won, but Joe Hart punches strongly away.

17: Moments after Vincent Kompany takes the ball from Firmino with a perfectly timed tackle, it breaks for ex-City midfielder James Milner, who has a long range effort crash off Gael Clichy.

14: Some nice interplay between Can and Henderson down the right hand side, but Milner's resulting cross drifts over Firmino's head and out for a goal kick.

11: Flanagan commits a fairly stupid foul on Sterling, pushing him in the back as he goes down the left hand side. David Silva takes the set-piece, from which Fernandinho flashes a header wide.

5: A bright start from Divock Origi, given a rare league start tonight, picked ahead of Christian Benteke. He's drawn a couple of fouls already with his power and pace, looking to cause problems for the City defence. The home side have had the better of the first few minutes. 

1: Just 23 seconds. That's how long it took for Jon Flanagan to absolutely clatter Raheem Sterling. Not a bad tackle though, that could be an interesting match-up tonight.

0: Kick-off, we're underway at Anfield!

Not long now until kick-off, the players are out and shaking hands ahead of the clash!

Manchester City substitutes: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Iheanacho, Bony.

Liverpool substitutes: Ward, Skrtel, Moreno, Allen, Ibe, Coutinho, Benteke.

Manchester City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero.

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Flanagan, Henderson, Can, Milner, Lallana, Firmino, Origi.

We've got the all important team news!

Manchester City have seemingly taken themselves out of the title race over their last two matches. They lost these matches to sides at the top of the table - Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. What is going to hurt the most, though, is the fashion in which they lost. In the first defeat, Leicester outclassed them as they scored three at the Etihad. Few sides score three against Manuel Pellegrini's side but to do that at home is rather unheard of. 

Against the Hotspur, the Citizens had the opportunity to salvage a point at least. Young Kelechi Iheanacho leveled the occasion in the 74th minute. Christian Eriksen, however, turned the table for good. With seven minutes remaining, Erik Lamela weighted a perfect ball into Eriksen's stride. The Dane continued his run into the box before slotting home past a diving Joe Hart to kill off the affair. 

Liverpool though, have been inconsistent under Klopp. One week, they give up a 2-0 lead with less than 20 minutes remaining to Sunderland. Then the next, Liverpool smash Aston Villa away from home, defeating the Villans 0-6. If they had any hopes of bringing home top four, they would've had to turn more draws into wins. 

In their last five home fixtures, the Reds' form has not been great. These matches wielded just six points, including three draws. That is not good enough. While they do have a couple of matches in hand, being nine points adrift is a damning flaw on their resume.  

Liverpool celebrate a goal against City in November (photo: getty)
Liverpool celebrate a goal against City in November (photo: getty)

It was a much happier occasion for Liverpool the last time these two teams met in the league though, back in November. Still in the opening weeks of Jürgen Klopp's time at the club, they dismantled City 4-1 at the Etihad, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho shining brightly. They've got reason to believe that they can win tonight too, as the Citizens have a terrible record on this ground in recent years.

City won out on Sunday, taking the trophy home. In truth, despite the match going to penalties, they were always the better team. Liverpool didn't really get going, and went behind to a Fernandinho goal in the second half, Simon Mignolet making a costly error. He did redeem himself somewhat, making a string of fine saves to deny the likes of Sergio Aguero from scoring. That meant that Philippe Coutinho's 83rd minute strike was an equaliser, eventually taking the game into extra time and then penalties. Despite the Reds taking an early advantage in the shoot-out, it was Manuel Pellegrini's men who took the trophy, Willy Caballero the hero in goal, making three brilliant saves.

This is, of course, the second time these two teams have met in a matter of days. It was staged in a different part of the country on Sunday, as they played each other at Wembley in the 2016 Capital One Cup final.

Good evening, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of this Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. The two famous teams have got much to play for tonight, and kick-off at Anfield is set for 19:45 BST. Until then, stick with us, as we get the all important team news and build up to the match.

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