Man City 4-1 Liverpool LIVE! Grealish goal - LIVE! Premier League result, match stream, latest updates today
Manchester City showed they can win without goal machine Erling Haaland as they put four goals past Liverpool at the Etihad on Saturday to keep their chase of Premier League leaders Arsenal very much alive. Julian Alvarez, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish were all on target for Pep Guardiola's side in an entertaining return to Premier League action after the international break.
The victory pulled City to within five points of the Gunners, who play Leeds United later on Saturday. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring early for Juergen Klopp's side, who are sixth in the top flight and fighting for a Champions League berth, before City took ever more complete control of the match as time went on.
Haaland, who has scored 42 goals in 37 matches in all competitions since joining City this season from Borussia Dortmund, suffered a groin injury against Burnley on March 18. Read the game back below with our dedicated match blog!
Man City vs Liverpool latest news
GOAL! Gundogan slams home from close range!
GOAL! De Bruyne within a minute of restart!
GOAL! Alvarez levels it up!
GOAL! Salah against the run of play!
Score prediction: Champions to win again
Manchester City FC 4 - 1 Liverpool FC
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94min: That’s your lot!
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90min: Three minutes added on.
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89min: Grealish comes off to a standing ovation. He’s dominated Alexander-Arnold all day.
Palmer is on.
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86min: Every City pass is getting cheering by the fans. This must be torture for the few remaining Liverpool supporters.
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83min: Milner is on for Liverpool and is booed by City fans. Unnecessary.
Bernardo is on for Rodri.
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82min: Almost a fifth as Grealish is denied by Alisson inside the area.
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79min: City fans now telling Klopp that he is “getting sacked in the morning”.
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76min: City fans doing the Poznan as Liverpool fans heads for the exit.
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74min: It's a thumping.
Grealish slides home De Bruyne's cutback, and he’s deserved one today. He has been outstanding.
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70min: Liverpool make FOUR changes.
Nunez, Tsimikas, Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain are on to save the day.
Salah, Elliott, Jota and Robertson make way.
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68min: ...and Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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67min: Nunez and Tsimikas are set to come on for Liverpool.
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65min: Liverpool’s heads have dropped - and you can’t blame them - and City are passing the ball around with ease.
Still plenty of time in this and City have been a tad leaky of late.
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60min: Oh, it’s actually a dreadful dive from Gakpo.
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59min: Oh wow, surely that’s a penalty! Ake appears to have tripped Gakpo inside the area.
City go straight up the other end and Grealish forces a fine save out of Alisson.
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56min: Gakpo’s deflected shot spins inches past the far post but that won’t quieten the home crowd. The Etihad is rocking.
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54min: The Liverpool defending is non-existent!
Alvarez jinks inside the area and sees his shot blocked and then Gundogan has all the time in the world to prod home from eight yards.
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50min: Gakpo brings the ball down inside the area and thumps it straight at Alisson, but he’s a yard off and again the flag is late.
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46min: What a start to the second half! De Bruyne after 52 seconds!
Alvarez feeds Mahrez down the left, who spins a superb cross from De Bruyne to tuck home in the penalty area.
Klopp's face on the touchline is a picture.
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46min: ...and we’re back underway.
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Delay to the restart as the referee’s headset isn’t working.
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Teams are back out. We’ll be back underway shortly.
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A thrilling first half an hour or so of football - Salah and Alvarez with the goals - before the crunching tackles and moaning to the referee began.
A big 45 to come.
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47min: That was some of the best football we’ve seen in a while.
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45min: Two minutes added on.
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43min: Incredible first touch from Mahrez on the right as he takes on Robertson, gets the better of him before his shot is blocked by Van Dijk. Gundogan sees his follow-up also blocked before the ball falls to an offside De Bruyne.
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41min: This lineman keeps forgetting to put his flag up. Bizarre.
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38min: It’s Trent vs Jack yet again but again the Liverpool man gets away without a booking.
Starting to get a bit feisty across the pitch now.
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37min: What is the linesman doing? Well, nothing, it seems, as Salah runs through but is clearly offside. City clear and still no flag as the home fans moan.
Alexander-Arnold trips Grealish to give away a foul, but he obviously doesn’t agree and gives the same linesman a piece of his mind.
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35min: Rodri, who just a minute earlier was booked, drags back Gakpo. Liverpool players immediately surround the referee to remind him of that fact but Simon Hooper lets the City midfielder off this time.
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33min: Another good chance for City as Mahrez get the better of Konate to drill a cross into the area, but there’s no City player to tap home.
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28min: Seconds after Liverpool miss the chance to go two up, Alvarez finishes off a stunning move to level the scores!
Grealish with the perfect drilled pass put Alvarez to slot home.
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27min: Oh wow, it should be 2-0!
Elliott releases Salah into acres and it should be a simply pass across goal to play Jota in to score, but Grealish puts in a superb tackle.
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24min: Liverpool are chasing shadows, but they won’t care at the moment. Sitting deep to frustrate a City team buzzing all around them.
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21min: Almost an instant reply from City as Mahrez catches a half-volley superbly inside the area, but it fizzes over the bar.
City back on top, just not in the scoreline.
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17min: Salah thumps home from the edge of the area after Jota runs through and holds up the ball!
Great ball from Alexander-Arnold to Jota to create the chance.
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16min: Straight up the other end and we have a Liverpool attack! Salah does his Salah thing of cutting inside and having a pop, but it’s blocked by Ake.
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15min: Mahrez goes inside wide with a fine curling free kick from the edge of the area.
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13min: Alvarez playing then classic false nine role: dropping deep and dragging in the centre-backs to leave space for De Bruyne running in behind.
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11min: Rodri shoots straight at Alisson.
Liverpool struggling to get out of their own half.
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9min: City firmly on top and are clearly targetting Alexander-Arnold, this time Gundogan is in behind but can’t properly test Alisson.
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6min: The free kick is played across the ground to the right where Alvarez floats in a cross which Alisson claims with ease.
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5min: City showing no signs of being more reserved without Haaland as Stones pushes up into midfield to help Rodri move forward.
Fabinho gives away a free kick around 35 yards out.
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3min: City’s first attempt at a break tries to find Grealish but Van Dijk thwacks the ball out of play with some venom.
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1min: Here we go!
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Here come the teams. We are minutes away. The start of the Premier League run-in begins imminently.
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Quite a few empty seats at the Etihad for one of their biggest games of the season. Just over 10 minutes until kick-off.
Klopp has a no-Haaland plan
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Now it’s the Liverpool manager’s turn to speak to BT Sport.
On Haaland: Yes [we prepared for no Haaland], but it’s not like this. Last moment is really when Haaland gets involved, but all the other moments are quite similar.”
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Pep Guardiola has been talking to BT Sport ahead of the game.
On Haaland: "He is much, much better but he is not fully fit for today. He doesn't feel proper. It is not a big issue but today he was not right, so no [need to] risk.”
On title race: "There are a lot of games of football left and a lot of things can happen. We don't feel as though Arsenal will drop many points but hopefully we can be there as long as possible.
"I would love to be in Arsenal's position but until the last moment we will fight. We have done it for many, many years. It is step by step, game by game and we will see what happens."
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So, as expected, Manchester City top scorer Erling Haaland isn't in the squad as he recovers from the groin injury picked up before the international break.
Pep Guardiola makes six changes from the win over Burnley in the FA Cup as Ederson, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish and Manuel Akanji all come in.
It's two changes for Liverpool as Jordan Henderson and Harvey Elliott come in for James Milner and Darwin Nunez.
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Here’s how the visitors look.
The Reds to take on Manchester City 🔴#MCILIV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 1, 2023
Man City XI
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Your City XI 📋
XI | Ederson, Stones, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), De Bruyne, Mahrez, Grealish, Alvarez
SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Walker, Phillips, Laporte, Bernardo, Gomez, Perrone, Palmer, Lewis#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/QFJnvRH9TN
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 1, 2023
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It sounds like Harvey Elliott today starts for Liverpool, and Thiago Alcantara is a surprise inclusion in the squad.
Confirmed teams are imminent.
Guardiola jealous of Arsenal
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Pep Guardiola is convinced Arsenal's eight-point advantage in the title race counts for far more than Manchester City's past experience of winning the Premier League.
"I would love to be in the position of Arsenal, rather than the experience of winning four Premier Leagues in five years," the Spaniard said. "The advantage is that they are eight points in front of us, this is the real advantage. The past is the past, experience doesn't count. Absolutely not. Every day you start anew.
"When I hear, so many times, managers or players say, 'I don't have to show anything, I don't have to demonstrate anything (because of what) I've done in the past', it's the most awful sentence.
"You have to prove it every single day again and again and again. The past is the past. If people think, 'I don't have to show anything' - no, you have to, again and again, otherwise you have to retire."
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Erling Haaland is NOT with the Manchester City squad today, according to Manchester Evening News.
As expected, but still a big blow for the champions.
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Despite the expected absence of Haaland, Manchester City are still clear favourites to win today.
Man City to win: 4/7
Liverpool to win: 9/2
Odds via Betfair.
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Liverpool have stepped up in some of the bigger games this season but City looked to be hitting ominous form before the break. If Haaland plays, Klopp’s leaky defence surely do not have enough to stop him at the Etihad.
Man City to win 2-1.
Nunez is IN
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Liverpool have received a triple boost ahead of today’s game.
Darwin Nunez has recovered from a cut ankle which forced him out of international duty with Uruguay while long-term injured players Luis Diaz and Thiago Alcantara are set to rejoin full training next week.
"Luis is back in small parts of training after a very long time out," Jurgen Klopp confirmed to reporters yesterday. "It was fantastic to have him back, such an energiser and boost, but he will not train today with us.
"This week was the first step back into training, next week he will increase that and then he is ready I think. We have to judge him every day how he deals with the intensity but it looks really promising."
Thiago has missed almost two months with a hip problem but Klopp said: "Thiago is not back in team training yet but I think if things go well he will probably be part of next week's team training."
Haaland is OUT
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A decision is still to be made on Erling Haaland, with Guardiola confirming the Norway international would need Friday’s training session before a conclusion can be drawn, though reports claim the striker will not be risked despite his manager’s suggestions otherwise.
“Yesterday I spoke to him and he feels good but we’ll see what happens,” Guardiola said.
“Life is risks in these stages and you have to take it - he’s scored an incredible amount of goals - but in the past we have always scored a lot of goals in the season.”
Phil Foden will around two weeks of action after undergoing surgery for appendicitis.
How to watch
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TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting at 11.30am.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game on a live stream via the BT Sport website or app.
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Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool.
It’s the champions welcoming the fourth-placed hopefuls in a game usually picked up as a title-decided fixture. Not this season though, but both teams still need a victory to keep their end-of-season aims on track.
City must win to avoid Arsenal moving even further clear at the top, while anything less than a win for the Reds will make the tough task of finishing fourth almost impossible.
Kick-off at the Etihad Stadium is at 12.30pm. Stick with us.