Liverpool F.C. vs Manchester City F.C.

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Barclays Premier League

March 2nd

Anfield, Liverpool, England

3-0

34′ Lallana

40′ Milner

57′ Firmino


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FT: The loss was City’s third consecutive league defeat.Will it damage their title-bid? Arsenal and Tottenham both lost giving them hope, but their still ten points behind leaders Leicester.


FT: The result also means that the Reds move into eighth on 41 points, whilst City remain in fourth on 47 points, ahead of neighbours Manchester United on goal difference.


FT: The result means that Liverpool get revenge after their League Cup defeat to City on Sunday.


90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the game to an end.


90’+2′ Close!! Clyne cuts inside before sending an effort that Hart claims.


90′ There will be three additional minutes.


90′ So close!! Allen tries an audacious effort on the volley, but it only just loops onto the roof of the net, inches away.


89′ The corner is cleared by the Reds. Moments later, Bony has an attempt from range saved by Mignolet.


88′ Henderson concedes a corner.


87′ Final change for the hosts as Milner departs for Jordan Ibe.


85′ Delay in the match as Flanagan is caught by the flailing arm of Kolarov.


84′ Close!! Henderson’s eventual freekick is just wide of the post. Hart was beaten.


82′ Benteke wins a freekick in a good position after a challenge from Kompany.


77′ A long ball forward is just punched clear by Hart ahead of Benteke.


74′ Change for both sides, the visitors make their final change with Aleksandar Kolarov coming on for Gaël Clichy. The Reds take goalscorer Firmino off for Joe Allen.


70′ Chance!! Agüero does well to beat his man before baring down on goal, but Touré does well to out-muscle the Argentine, who goes down, but the referee is unmoved.


68′ First change for the hosts sees Origi replaced by his compatriot Benteke.


67′ Navas receives a yellow card for some afters following a tussle with Lallana.


65′ Iheanacho overhits a cross and Mignolet claims.


63′ Close!! Milner beats Zabaleta to fire an effort just wide.


60′ The corner eventually come to nothing.


59′ Great save!! Milner meets a loose ball to fire first-time but Hart tips it over.


57′ Goal!! Lallana beats two players before finding Firmino, who times his run to perfection before curling home first-time.

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Roberto Firmino celebrates after making it three, much to Hart’s dislike, who tries to take the ball off him. Image from: Reuters

54′ Second change for the visitors sees Kelechi Iheanacho come on for Fernandinho.


50′ Milner thinks he should have a freekick after a challenge with Kompany, but the referee waves play on.


47′ Chance!! Flanagan finds Milner who finds Origi, he could square but he goes himself and Hart palms the ball away.


46′ Fernandinho tries to find Agüero, but Touré clears the danger.


45′ Change at half time, Wilfried Bony comes on to replace Sterling. The Reds kick us off for the second period.


HT: Will City fight back or will Liverpool get revenge for their Capital One Final defeat? Join us again for the second half.


HT: City have looked good when they’ve gone forward, but the final pass has let them down, and the Reds have consequently thrived.


HT: Liverpool’s second was a thing of pure beauty, you can question the City defence again, but Lallana’s touch into Firmino, before Milner’s touch and finish was shere quality. City have a lot of work to do.


HT: The opener should have been prevented in truth, Lallana should have been closed down, as well as Hart’s poor attempt to save the effort.


HT: So the Reds have been awarded for the consistent pressing. They’ve started this game well despite City coming into the fray midway through the first period.


45’+1′ The referee blows to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.


45′ Close!! The delivery is met by Agüero, whose header is blocked by the chest of Milner, despite appeals for a penalty.


45′ There will be one additional minute. Silva wins a freekick in a good position.


44′ Chance!! Agüero almost finds Sterling but Flanagan makes a fantastic last-ditch challenge to divert the ball away.


40′ Goal!! Milner scores against his former side. Firmino pings the ball into Milner, whose first touch is excellent before beating Hart to the ball to drill the ball home off-the-post. He didn’t hold back from celebrating against his former side.

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James Milner drills home to double the Reds’ lead. Image from: Reuters

36′ The visitors win  a corner. Navas takes it short before whipping it in only for the Reds to clear.


35′ Clichy’s clearance falls for Milner who looks to pick out Firmino, but the Brazilian strayed offside – the ball was overhit anyway.


34′ Goal!! Lallana strolls unchallenged before firing an effort that beats Hart at his near post. Daisy-cutter. Liverpool lead.

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Adam Lallana’s drive puts the Reds in front. Image from: Reuters

31′ Scrappy play from the hosts, almost leads to Silva finding Agüero, but the pass is just overhit and Mignolet claims, the Argentine was offside anyway.


28′ Henderson’s loose ball puts Flanagan under pressure who loses out, the visitors break and Silva tries to find Agüero, but Flanagan clears the danger.


24′ Close!! Sterling cuts inside before curling an effort wide of Mignolet’s near post.


23′ Close!! Navas surges forward before firing an effort just wide of the goal, it just evaded Agüero.


22′ Good build up lay from the visitors comes to an end after Zabaleta’s cross is palmed away by Mignolet before the Reds clear.


21′ Henderson looks for a rather hopeful ball to keep the ball in play, but the ball is just too long for Origi. Lallana then finds Firmino, who swivels before shooting into the grateful arms of Hart.


19′ Hart punches the corner clear before Sterling makes sure.


18′ Lallana wins a corner for the hosts.


15′ Lallana concedes a freekick for a foul on Zabaleta.


13′ Milner tries to pick out Firmino, but his cross is overhit.


12′ Can tries to pick out Milner, but his pass is just overhit.


11′ Silva’s delivery is met by Fernandinho, but it goes harmlessly wide.


10′ Henderson tries to find Lallana but the ball is overhit. Moments later, Sterling is brought down in a promising position by Flanagan.


7′ Kompany runs into trouble but is awarded a freekick after Lallana pulls him back.


5′ Man City’s first move forward breaks down after Silva’s pass towards Agüero is snuffed out before Kompany fouls Origi.


4′ Origi wins a freekick in a good position following a challenge from Otamendi. Milner’s delivery is again cleared by the visitors.


3′ Fimino is penalised for a challenge on Sterling, with the home fans booing the former Reds winger.


2′ Lallana tries to find Origi, but Hart comes out to claim the loose ball.


1′ The delivery is poor from Milner and the visitors clear.


0′ The visitors kick us off. Flanagan makes a firm challenge on Sterling, before the hosts win a freekick in a promising position.


Team news:

Liverpool F.C.: Simon Mignolet (GK), Nathaniel Clyne, Kolo Touré, Dejan Lovren, Jon Flanagan, James Milner, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino

Manchester City F.C.: Joe Hart (GK), Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolás Otamendi, Vincent Kompany,  Gaël Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Jesús Navas, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Agüero

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