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Derby County to boost Premier League push with Cameron Jerome signing

Gary Rowett is poised to boost Derby's push for the Premier League with the £1.5 million capture of Cameron Jerome, the Norwich forward. Jerome will have a medical at Derby’s training ground on Tuesday after Norwich accepted an offer from the Championship promotion chasers. Rowett, the Derby manager, has moved for Jerome in a bid to strengthen his squad ahead of the final run-in as the club attempt to return to the top flight for the first time since 2008. Jerome, 31, has not started a league game for Norwich since the 2-1 defeat at Bolton on November 4 and is being made available to raise funds for manager Daniel Farke. Rowett has been a long-term admirer of the former Stoke striker and will clinch his signature ahead of rivals Cardiff, another of Jerome's former clubs.  Derby could help finance the move by loaning out striker Chris Martin, with a cluster of Championship clubs including Leeds, Reading and Fulham interested. Jerome is set to make his Derby debut against Bristol City on Friday night at Pride Park. The deal could be worth £2m if Derby are promoted. Derby's 3-0 win at Birmingham on Saturday maintained their position in second, 10 points behind leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. Cardiff, meanwhile, are facing competition from Sheffield United in the race to sign Adam Forshaw, the Middlesbrough midfielder. Forshaw is set to leave Middlesbrough this month and Cardiff and United want to sign him on loan.

Can Liverpool survive without Philippe Coutinho?

Oh yes. Oh yes they can. The break-up of the fab four has been traumatic at Anfield, but it is not too shabby when the three left behind are in the process of being superstars in their own right. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane demonstrated why the pain of losing the Brazilian is not comparable to when the club sell some of its other modern greats. They humbled City with their pace and skill. There was enough in the first 10 minutes at Anfield to secure a year’s analysis for tactical scholars, Liverpool posing a problem for Pep Guardiola few – with the noble exception of Bristol City – have presented. They pushed them so deep the City defenders were almost passing to each other in The Kop end. Ederson found himself looking quizzically each time he had a goal kick as Mane, Firmino and Salah prepared to pounce. It ensured City were at their most vulnerable when in possession in their own territory. Klopp toasts Liverpool's success over Man City Credit: Reuters That was how Liverpool struck early through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and took control in a blistering second-half blitz, City unable to settle into their purist game. It was a message to the rest of the country that bravery can be rewarded, although few possess the class of Jurgen Klopp’s side to pull it off. There is a demand for Klopp to reinvest the Coutinho funds on a midfielder or attacker, but this proved that is not so urgent. The glaring weakness in this side remains in goal. Simon Mignolet has been the more reliable but evidently does not have the full trust of Klopp. That is why Loris Karius keeps being recalled. In this case it was presumably because he is more adept with his feet, but his insecurity with strikes on goal is a deeper concern. The signing of Virgil Van Dijk – a notable absentee here because of a hamstring problem – has appeased the calls for a dominant centre-back. Klopp will need a keeper he can rely on to make the subtle differences over a nine-month campaign. Coutinho has moved on, but Liverpool didn't miss him against City Credit: Getty Images If Klopp is to get the better of City in more one-off meetings this excellence has to be sustained over the course of a season. But Liverpool’s flaws – while still obvious - become less undermining by the week. There is life beyond Coutinho. The verdict Moment which changed the match Two minutes on the hour mark shifted momentum irreversibly in Liverpool's favour, Firmino putting Liverpool ahead before Mane hit the post and then added the third. City will point to Nicolas Otamendi’s header against the bar early in the second half. Most influential player Kevin De Bruyne was the best player on the pitch, guiding his side back into the game after Liverpool’s excellent start. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored one and claims the assist for Firmino’s second – but Firmino himself was man-of-the-match. The Brazil flag still flies on The Kop. Crowd rating  9/10 Referee Andre Marriner   9/10 Match rating  9/10

Can Liverpool survive without Philippe Coutinho?

Oh yes. Oh yes they can. The break-up of the fab four has been traumatic at Anfield, but it is not too shabby when the three left behind are in the process of being superstars in their own right. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane demonstrated why the pain of losing the Brazilian is not comparable to when the club sell some of its other modern greats. They humbled City with their pace and skill. There was enough in the first 10 minutes at Anfield to secure a year’s analysis for tactical scholars, Liverpool posing a problem for Pep Guardiola few – with the noble exception of Bristol City – have presented. They pushed them so deep the City defenders were almost passing to each other in The Kop end. Ederson found himself looking quizzically each time he had a goal kick as Mane, Firmino and Salah prepared to pounce. It ensured City were at their most vulnerable when in possession in their own territory. Klopp toasts Liverpool's success over Man City Credit: Reuters That was how Liverpool struck early through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and took control in a blistering second-half blitz, City unable to settle into their purist game. It was a message to the rest of the country that bravery can be rewarded, although few possess the class of Jurgen Klopp’s side to pull it off. There is a demand for Klopp to reinvest the Coutinho funds on a midfielder or attacker, but this proved that is not so urgent. The glaring weakness in this side remains in goal. Simon Mignolet has been the more reliable but evidently does not have the full trust of Klopp. That is why Loris Karius keeps being recalled. In this case it was presumably because he is more adept with his feet, but his insecurity with strikes on goal is a deeper concern. The signing of Virgil Van Dijk – a notable absentee here because of a hamstring problem – has appeased the calls for a dominant centre-back. Klopp will need a keeper he can rely on to make the subtle differences over a nine-month campaign. Coutinho has moved on, but Liverpool didn't miss him against City Credit: Getty Images If Klopp is to get the better of City in more one-off meetings this excellence has to be sustained over the course of a season. But Liverpool’s flaws – while still obvious - become less undermining by the week. There is life beyond Coutinho. The verdict Moment which changed the match Two minutes on the hour mark shifted momentum irreversibly in Liverpool's favour, Firmino putting Liverpool ahead before Mane hit the post and then added the third. City will point to Nicolas Otamendi’s header against the bar early in the second half. Most influential player Kevin De Bruyne was the best player on the pitch, guiding his side back into the game after Liverpool’s excellent start. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored one and claims the assist for Firmino’s second – but Firmino himself was man-of-the-match. The Brazil flag still flies on The Kop. Crowd rating  9/10 Referee Andre Marriner   9/10 Match rating  9/10

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3: Visitors' unbeaten run finally over as Jurgen Klopp's side edge thriller 

Stop press. Manchester City can be beaten. And it was the ‘gegenpressing’ that did it – plus the cauldron of emotion, desire, will, intent and hunger that Anfield was whipped up into as Liverpool gained this remarkable victory. The stadium, quite literally, rocked and City, just as incredibly, struggled to cope. There was a nine-minute spell in the second-half when Liverpool scored three times, when they also struck the woodwork, and it seemed the magic that Pep Guardiola has weaved at City had been exposed as smoke and mirrors. But his side are not 15 points clear, have not gone 22 Premier League without losing, for no reason and it was astonishing that, by the end, Liverpool were left hanging on. But such is Jurgen Klopp; such is his way; such is the pulsating, open football he demands. This was a win in his image; a win full of heart and absolutism - and a little vulnerability. But that is the trade-off. It is the same with Guardiola and he was right in predicting that this fixture would be the sternest test his team had faced. So there will be no new ‘Invincibles’ even if City still appear untouchable. Arsenal’s record of 2003-04 remains - which is cold comfort for them as this arresting result opened up the gap between the top four and sixth-placed Arsenal to a daunting eight points. There was salt in that open wound for Arsenal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left for £35million last summer, who had lost his way at the Emirates, the stand-out performer for Liverpool with a tremendously positive performance, setting the tone as he opened the scoring and never, ever relented. Roberto Firmino (R) makes it 2-1 with a superb dink Credit: AFP There was yet more delight for Liverpool in that this came just a week after they had sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million. It was, as Klopp later said, a “big statement” and one delivered without their record signing with £75million centre-half Virgil Van Dijk not deemed fit enough with tight hamstrings. “We went on the rampage a bit,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said and it was delicious for them that that Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah joined him on the score-sheet. Pressing from another planet, Klopp called it, and it was. Out-of-this-world. And it had to be. There was, the beaming manager reasoned, no “alternative” to beat City and he would probably have it no other way with the tone set when Firmino nipped the ball away from Fabian Delph to find Oxlade-Chamberlain. He drove at the City penalty area, brushing off Fernandinho, and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s directness that caught City out as Nicolas Otamendi was slow to react before a powerful, right-footed shot was drilled across Ederson and into the net. It was hard, low and moving away from the goalkeeper. A superb strike. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires in the opening goal Credit: Getty Images City were knocked out of their stride. Delph had come in but was clearly not fit and was substituted after he buckled in making a tackle with Guardiola later stating he would be “out for a while” with a fresh knee injury. But this is City and they drew level when Kyle Walker switched play from right to left with a wonderful cross-field ball that found Leroy Sane who chested it down cleverly to catch out Joe Gomez. Sane sprinted into the area, shifted the ball to his left, beating Joel Matip, and Gomez, and struck a fierce shot that tore past Loris Karius at his near post. Could the goalkeeper have done better? Or was he simply beaten by the power? It appeared both which, given Klopp had selected him ahead of Simon Mignolet, and suggested the German would have the opportunity to stake his claim as first-choice, re-opened that particular debate. Would that be the story? It seemed possible as City took a grip and an Otamendi header cannoned back off the cross-bar but then, after Ederson had been forced into two sharp saves, it was the Brazilan goalkeeper who was beaten with Oxlade-Chamberlain sliding a pass through to Firmino who was far too strong for John Stones, easing the defender out the way and deftly chipping the ball. It sailed beyond Ederson. Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal Liverpool were rampant. Mane curled the ball against the outside of the post and Salah appeared set to sprint clear, only for Otamendi to block, with the forward still pushing his pass across goal. It was collected by Mane who, with Stones standing off, blasted a precise, rising shot to beat Ederson. Anfield erupted. It did so again when Ederson rushed from goal to cut out Salah’s through ball intended for Mane but only sent his clearance straight to Salah who had the confidence and ability to strike his shot into the net from fully 35 yards. City were shell-shocked but they are champions-elect and showed it. Few other teams would have hit back in the way they did with Bernardo Silva – who had replaced Raheem Sterling, withdrawn to the delight of Liverpool fans after struggling to beat the impressive Andrew Robertson – sweeping home after the ball broke to him. Surely it was too late? City poured forward again with Sergio Aguero – who had struggled – chipping in a cross that was chested down by Ilkay Gundogan who stabbed the ball past Karius. Home nerves were fraying and there was even a sense of panic as City won a final free-kick. But it came to nothing. “It was a joy to watch,” Klopp said. It was. And that was testimony to City as well. 6:08PM Liverpool players speak Oxlade-Chamberlain:"It was a nice statement for us to make. They're a fantastic side. We knew we had what it takes, and it's important to get the win.  "They like to play out from the back, but we thrive against those sort of teams. We went on the rampage a bit in the second half. It was nail-biting at times, but the fans were unbelievable. It was one of the best atmospheres I've ever played in."   Mane: "Three points was the main target. We were great today, right from the start. It was not easy at the end, but we got there."  Sadio Mane (L) is congratulated after his goal Credit: Getty Images 6:00PM The unbeaten run is over City lose their first league match of the season, and their first in the Premier League since April. Liverpool deserved to win that, but my word it was close at the end.  5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  Liverpool celebrate during a famous win on Sunday Credit: AFP 5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  Liverpool 4 - 3 Man City (Ilkay Gündogan, 90 + 1 min) 5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Liverpool 4 - 2 Man City (Bernardo Silva, 84 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: Live score updates

5:54PM Full-time! Liverpool have done it! What an end to the game, but Liverpool survive.  It finishes Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3. City's unbeaten run is over.  5:53PM 90+5 min Liverpool survive! Aguero is offside as he heads De Bruyne's free-kick wide.  5:52PM 90+4 min Milner booked for a shove on Walker that gives City a free-kick from a dangerous position out wide on the right. Mane is replaced by Klavan for the free-kick... 5:51PM 90+3 min Aguero pings an effort from range, which is well wide but looks for a moment like it might dip in. Nerve-shredding stuff for the Liverpool supporters.  5:50PM 90+1 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 3 (Gundogan 90+1) Game most definitely on! Aguero clips a cross into the centre where Gundogan somehow has time to bring the ball down and clip a half-volley into the corner. What a crazy game.  5:49PM 90+1 min Liverpool when they get the ball know they should head for the corner, but they just can't resist going for more! Oxlade-Chamberlain pings a diagonal out for Lallana, but eventually the move breaks down.  5:48PM 90 min Four minutes of time to be added on.  5:45PM 88 min Liverpool change - Lallana on for Salah.  5:44PM 86 min Milner has replaced Can for Liverpool, who have managed to calm things down in the last couple of minutes. We still could be in for a nervy finish.  5:42PM 84 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 2 (B Silva 84') Maybe there's life in this one yet. Gundogan tries to wriggle his way into a shooting position, and after a richochet the ball lands kindly for Silva to sweep home from close range. Game on?  Pass: Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Nicolás Otamendi, 74 min) 5:41PM 83 min City look spent. Walker gives the ball away cheaply to Firmino, and the ball is eventually shipped to Wijnaldum, who drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.  5:39PM 81 min Wijnaldum has got through a huge amount of work today, and there he is again to break up a City attack. He eventually runs out of puff as he tries to lead a counter, but it's been an excellent display from the Dutchman.  5:36PM 78 min Chance for City, but Otamendi can't get enough on De Bruyne's excellent deep cross. That really needed to go in for the visitors.  5:34PM 76 min Superb stuff from Robertson who must have just covered about a mile as he chased and chased after City's defenders. Eventually he fouls Otamendi, but he earns himself a huge ovation in the process.  Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal  Credit: REUTERS 5:30PM 73 min Fernandinho booked for cynically tripping Mane.  5:30PM 72 min A perfect day for Liverpool's fans gets even better as Sterling is replaced by Bernardo Silva.  5:28PM 70 min Huge cheer as Sterling is booked for a late challenge on Wijnaldum. City all over the place. Pep can't quite believe what he's seeing.  5:26PM 68 min GOAL! Liverpool 4 Man City 1 (Salah 68') Liverpool are rampant now, but it's another terrible City error. Ederson comes out to clear Can's pass, but he succeeds only in passing the ball straight to Salah about 35 yards out. It's not an easy chance, but Salah shows magnificent technique to send a perfect chip over the stranded keeper into the back of the net.   Liverpool 4 - 1 Man City (Mohamed Salah, 68 min) 5:24PM 65 min Crazy few minutes. Just before Mane scored, he missed a much more presentable chance with his right foot that struck the post. He then more than made up for it after Otamendi had given the ball away cheaply to Salah.  And Otamendi has just crudely bodychecked Salah to compound a miserable period for him.  5:21PM 61 min GOAL! Liverpool 3 Man City 1 (Mane 61') What a goal! That is absolutely sensational from Mane. Just moments before he'd hit the post with his right foot. This time, he collects Salah's pass and slashes a shot with his left foot in off the crossbar. Stunning. What a couple of minutes for Liverpool! Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City (Sadio Mané, 61 min) 5:18PM 59 min GOAL! Liverpool 2 Man City 1 (Firmino 59') Liverpool are back in front, and they have done it in style. Oxlade-Chamberlain's through ball looks a little heavy, but Firmino barges Stones to the ground and then dinks a delicious chip past Ederson and in off the post. Absolutely delightful.  Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City (Roberto Firmino, 59 min) 5:16PM 58 min Double save from Ederson! First he beats out Salah's volley after flapping at Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain then has a go himself, but Ederson gets down to block the midfielder's near-post effort. Finally, Salah floats in a cross that hits the bar after Ederson misjudges it. Strange incident. Good little spell for Liverpool.  5:13PM 55 min City are starting to create overloads down the flank, which spells big danger for Liverpool. On this occasion  De Bruyne gets on Walker's outside and fizzes in another excellent low cross, but again there's no-one to meet it. Liverpool surely won't keep getting away with giving De Bruyne this amount of space.  Ederson (R) comes out to claim a cross  Credit: AFP 5:10PM 52 min Brilliant City counter ends with Aguero's shot well blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Otamemendi plants a header onto the top of the crossbar. Excellent effort from the defender, but Liverpool just escape.  5:08PM 50 min Dangerous corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain is headed clear by Walker. Ederson then comes out well to claim Firmino's cross.  5:06PM 48 min City starting the half on the front foot, looking to pin Liverpool back. The hosts need to be careful not to retreat too far.  5:03PM 46 min We're back under way at Anfield. No changes for either side at half-time.  4:52PM First-half summary Jurgen Klopp will be furious about the concession of that goal just before half-time, after watching his side look good value for the early lead given to them by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. City have posed a threat through Kevin De Bruyne's penetrative passing, but Liverpool looked pretty comfortable until Leroy Sane's equaliser.  Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has been outstanding, and has at times taken the fight to City single-handedly. Andrew Robertson has also been impressive, while the Liverpool front three have all tested City's defenders with their superb movement.  Pep Guardiola will be demanding a lot more from his players in the second half.  Liverpool vs Man City shots on goal 4:47PM Half-time A brilliant first 45 minutes comes to an end. All square at Anfield.  Leroy Sane (R) makes it 1-1  4:46PM 45+1 min Wijnaldum works the yard for a shot in the area, but stumbles at the vital moment and the chance goes.  4:45PM 45 min The outstanding Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner off Danilo, but City clear and are quickly on the counter. Fernandinho decides to have a pop from range, which dribbles harmlessly wide.  4:43PM 43 min That's a massive blow for Liverpool just a few minutes before half-time, especially as they'd just enjoyed a really good spell.  4:41PM 41 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Sane 41') It's a soft goal for the hosts to concede. Gundogan flights a crossfield pass that Gomez misjudges, and Sane latches onto. The winger then slaloms past Gomez and Matip before firing in a shot that beats Karius at his near post. The keeper has to do better there.  Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City (Leroy Sané, 40 min) 4:40PM 39 min Strong couple of minutes for Liverpool. They rip the ball away from City with their ferocious press and then zip the ball about, with Oxlade-Chamberlain at the heart of things. Sane eventually has a decent effort saved from about 25 yards.  4:37PM 37 min Robertson's having a very solid game at left-back, and he does really well to pin Walker and Sterling back and almost win a corner. That was real Sunday League style "box them in boys".  Andrew Robertson holds off Sergio Aguero (R) 4:35PM 35 min Easy first save for Karius, who gets down comfortably to hold onto De Bruyne's low shot.  4:34PM 34 min Liverpool probing again, as Mane sets Firmino scampering away. Otamendi comes across though and shepherds the ball back to Ederson.  4:32PM 32 min Good work again from Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the midfielder barges Danilo out of the way and whips in a cross that Firmino nods wide at the near post. You can see the confidence coursing through Oxlade-Chamberlain today.  4:31PM 31 min Karius again comes out well to pluck a De Bruyne cross out of the air with Aguero ready and waiting to pounce. Delph eventually succumbs to that knee injury and is replaced by Danilo.    4:28PM 27 min One in the eye from Sterling who is dispossessed to rapturous applause but then hares back after the ball to win it back. He's still getting no change from Robertson, mind.  4:26PM 26 min Danilo was stripped and ready to replace him, but Delph says he's ok to continue.  4:26PM 25 min Problem for City as Delph goes down with what appears to be a knee problem. Looks like a painful one off a challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.  4:24PM 23 min Karius is a very relieved man as Sane's shot from 25 yards out deflects just wide of the near post. De Bruyne then puts in another dangerous cross, which Matip heads away.  4:20PM 20 min An absolutely brilliant ball from De Bruyne flashes across the six-yard box, but it just evades Aguero. City growing into the game.  Credit: REUTERS 4:19PM 19 min First test for Karius, and he passes it with a comfortable claim from De Bruyne's free-kick.  4:17PM 17 min Interesting stat from Jamie Carragher that a few teams have scored the opening goal against City in the Premier League, but no-one has gone 2-0 up. You do feel they'll need to score again if they're to win today.  4:16PM 15 min Nearly 2-0 for Liverpool, but Salah toe-pokes wide after twisting and turning his way past Otamendi in the box. Breathless start to the game, as we expected.  4:14PM 13 min That goal incidentally means Oxlade-Chamberlain has a personal best of three league goals this season. City look to respond straight away but Sterling is offside from KDB's pass.  4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') Brilliant goal from the Ox, who charges past Fernandinho down the Liverpool right and then blasts a shot across Ederson into the far corner. It isn't right in the corner but the pace beats Ederson. What a start for Liverpool!   Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 9 min) 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: Live score updates

4:09PM 9 min GOAL! Liverpool 1 Man City 0 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 9') 4:07PM 7 min Penalty appeal for City as Sterling goes down after latching onto De Bruyne's clever reverse pass. It was Emre Can who was closest to him, but there's not enough contact for that to be given.  Kyle Walker just before kick-off Credit: PA 4:05PM 5 min Big boos for Sterling from the home supporters. The City end respond by reminding Anfield of Sterling's current league position.  4:04PM 4 min City are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch early on, but the hosts evade the first press and get Mane in behind after a neat flicked pass from Firmino. Mane's touch lets him down though, and eventually Salah's shot is blocked.  4:01PM 1 min We're under way at Anfield, with Liverpool unusually attacking the Kop in the first half.  3:59PM Respect Heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before a minute's applause for the former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week.  3:54PM Nearly there The players are in the tunnel, and we're nearly under way at Anfield. A reminder of the teams for this one: Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.  Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke. Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.  Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Diaz, Bernardo, Silva. 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: Team news and live score updates

Jamie Carragher exclusive column: No clubs sell their big stars in January - so why have Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho? 3:39PM No VVD for Liverpool So no Van Dijk for Liverpool, which could end up being a big blow Jurgen Klopp. Also interesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain has got the nod ahead of Lallana in the 'Coutinho' No 8 role. That's assuming it's him rather than Wijnaldum who plays in the more advanced central midfield position. Either way, big shoes to fill.   Karius in goal over Mignolet is a surprise meanwhile.  Crazy that a Liverpool victory today would be a fifth straight home win against City.  3:14PM How Man City line up Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne,  Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo,  Danilo, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.  3:13PM Liverpool team news Dejan Lovren captains the hosts today: Today's #LFC team news... @VirgilvDijk is ruled out due to a tight hamstring. pic.twitter.com/wtCnOBCwyZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 14, 2018 2:26PM Preamble Afternoon all,  Welcome to our live blog of what should be one of the games of the season so far. Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City arrive at Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's exciting Liverpool side, who now have the added security of the £75-million defender Virgil van Dijk at the back.  Liverpool you will remember had started well in the reverse fixture at Eastlands earlier in the season, before Sadio Mane's red card precipitated a collapse that saw them hammered 5-0. That positive opening should give Klopp encouragement, while last season's high-intensity 1-0 success at Anfield offers him a blueprint on how they can get the better of Guardiola's team. Looking at City's remaining fixtures, this one looks like their toughest assignment before the end of the season - probably equal with the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Should they escape without defeat this afternoon then suddenly their prospects of going the campaign unbeaten will look a whole lot more likely. I'm not saying it's going to happen, but...I also definitely would not rule it out.   Just as I wouldn't rule them out winning the quadruple, but hey, that's a discussion for another day.  Sergio Aguero (C) scored the winner for City against Bristol City on Tuesday Credit: AFP With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero after playing without a recognised centre forward against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Fernandinho and Fabian Delph are also likely to come back into the starting line-up.  For Liverpool, this match heralds the start of the post-Coutinho era, and it is Adam Lallana who will assume the playmaker role, with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scurrying around as a terrifyingly hyperactive front three. Simon Mignolet meanwhile will in all likelihood replace Loris Karius, who was in goal for last week's FA Cup win against Everton.  We'll bring you the team news when it comes in at 3pm. My prediction for what it's worth is an exhaustingly energetic 1-1 draw. 

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: team news, suspensions and betting odds 

Follow Liverpool vs Manchester City, live, here with Charlie Eccleshare What is it? It's arguably one of the biggest games of the season so far as Liverpool, currently on an 18-game unbeaten run, host runaway Premier League leaders Man City at Anfield. When is it? This Sunday, January 14. What time is it? The game follows Bournemouth vs Arsenal on a suitably 'super' Sunday in the Premier League. Kick off is at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 3:30pm. Alternatively you can join us for all the big build up from 3pm with our Telegraph Sport live blog. Sky Sports will be covering the game live  Credit: Getty Images  What's the team news? Liverpool Liverpool could give Virgil van Dijk his first Premier League start for the club after making a goalscoring debut in their FA Cup win over Everton. Having missed the last two games through injury, Mohamed Salah is ready to hand Jurgen Klopp a major boost and make his return to Liverpool's starting lineup. "If nothing happens in the moment, Mo is back [on Sunday]. He is training completely normal and that's very important for us," said Klopp in his Friday press conference.  Mohamed Salah has missed Liverpool's last two games through injury  Credit: Reuters  Salah, who has scored 17 goals in the league so far this season, has recovered from a groin strain and is fit to take his place in Klopp's XI to play Man City. Left-back Alberto Moreno could also make his return after missing all of Liverpool's festive fixtures but Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge remain sidelined through injury.  “Hendo is back on the pitch and is training, but is not in team training so far. Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday for the first time. Sunday might be a little early, he needs to do proper training,” said Klopp. Pick your Liverpool team to play Man City Liverpool are still waiting to hear from the FA after Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of using racist language during last week's FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield.  This will also be Liverpool's first Premier League since Philippe Coutinho's departure after the Brazilian completed a £142m move to Barcelona earlier this month.  Manchester City Gabriel Jesus has joined Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden on Man City's long-term injury list  Credit: Getty Images  Pep Guardiola will be without Gabriel Jesus who is facing at least three months out after suffering knee ligament damage in Man City's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.  Claudio Bravo is set to make way for Ederson despite putting in an impressive performance in Man City's League Cup win over Bristol City in midweek.  Phil Foden and Benjamin Mendy are also long-term injury absentees. Pick your Manchester City starting XI to face Liverpool What are they saying? Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero With Gabriel Jesus not being fit, we have to protect him a bit.Sergio is on fire, scoring goals again, but always in his career he scores goals. But we create chances For me it is an honour to be able to train a player like Aguero.  I understand that the moments when you do not play are sad. His great quality is in the area.  In the first half he was not very involved, but in the second half he had the ability to score two goals. If we want to win something this year, the one that comes, and the others, the presence of Aguero is fundamental. Jurgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona  Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen." The club did everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain. It is with great reluctance that we - as a team and club - prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho. The relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well. Klopp on Manchester City It’s interesting to play against City. They play really good and if you don’t respect that, you have a problem. But if you are not brave in your game, you will also have a problem. You need to show up. In his column for Sky Sports Football, Thierry Henry insisted Jurgen Klopp's side have enough firepower to n "You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three," said the Sky Sports pundit. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10. Thierry Henry reckons Liverpool could hand Man City their first Premier League defeat of the season  Credit: Getty Images  "But [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is there, [Adam] Lallana is back, but obviously you are going to miss Coutinho. The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous. You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool." So yes, there are all the signs that are there to say that Liverpool might be the team to stop City," Key stats (via Opta) Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were fierce rivals during their time in the Bundesliga  Credit: Reuters  Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row. Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles. The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 13 Premier League home games (W7 D6 L0), keeping nine clean sheets in that time. Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005). No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, the Reds have won more points in Premier League games between the ‘big six’ than any other side (39). They also have more wins (9), fewer defeats (3) and more goals (40) than anyone else in these fixtures. Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each). Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net. What are the odds? Liverpool 2/1 Man City 5/4 Draw 11/4 What's our prediction? Jason Burt:  City have lost on their last four visits to Anfield and there is a sense that if one Premier League team can beat them this season, and prevent them being the new ‘Invincibles’ then it is Liverpool. There is an even greater sense that this is highly unlikely to end goalless. Both will go for it. Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Man City

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: team news, suspensions and betting odds 

Follow Liverpool vs Manchester City, live, here with Charlie Eccleshare What is it? It's arguably one of the biggest games of the season so far as Liverpool, currently on an 18-game unbeaten run, host runaway Premier League leaders Man City at Anfield. When is it? This Sunday, January 14. What time is it? The game follows Bournemouth vs Arsenal on a suitably 'super' Sunday in the Premier League. Kick off is at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 3:30pm. Alternatively you can join us for all the big build up from 3pm with our Telegraph Sport live blog. Sky Sports will be covering the game live  Credit: Getty Images  What's the team news? Liverpool Liverpool could give Virgil van Dijk his first Premier League start for the club after making a goalscoring debut in their FA Cup win over Everton. Having missed the last two games through injury, Mohamed Salah is ready to hand Jurgen Klopp a major boost and make his return to Liverpool's starting lineup. "If nothing happens in the moment, Mo is back [on Sunday]. He is training completely normal and that's very important for us," said Klopp in his Friday press conference.  Mohamed Salah has missed Liverpool's last two games through injury  Credit: Reuters  Salah, who has scored 17 goals in the league so far this season, has recovered from a groin strain and is fit to take his place in Klopp's XI to play Man City. Left-back Alberto Moreno could also make his return after missing all of Liverpool's festive fixtures but Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge remain sidelined through injury.  “Hendo is back on the pitch and is training, but is not in team training so far. Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday for the first time. Sunday might be a little early, he needs to do proper training,” said Klopp. Pick your Liverpool team to play Man City Liverpool are still waiting to hear from the FA after Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of using racist language during last week's FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield.  This will also be Liverpool's first Premier League since Philippe Coutinho's departure after the Brazilian completed a £142m move to Barcelona earlier this month.  Manchester City Gabriel Jesus has joined Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden on Man City's long-term injury list  Credit: Getty Images  Pep Guardiola will be without Gabriel Jesus who is facing at least three months out after suffering knee ligament damage in Man City's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.  Claudio Bravo is set to make way for Ederson despite putting in an impressive performance in Man City's League Cup win over Bristol City in midweek.  Phil Foden and Benjamin Mendy are also long-term injury absentees. Pick your Manchester City starting XI to face Liverpool What are they saying? Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero With Gabriel Jesus not being fit, we have to protect him a bit.Sergio is on fire, scoring goals again, but always in his career he scores goals. But we create chances For me it is an honour to be able to train a player like Aguero.  I understand that the moments when you do not play are sad. His great quality is in the area.  In the first half he was not very involved, but in the second half he had the ability to score two goals. If we want to win something this year, the one that comes, and the others, the presence of Aguero is fundamental. Jurgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona  Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen." The club did everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain. It is with great reluctance that we - as a team and club - prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho. The relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well. Klopp on Manchester City It’s interesting to play against City. They play really good and if you don’t respect that, you have a problem. But if you are not brave in your game, you will also have a problem. You need to show up. In his column for Sky Sports Football, Thierry Henry insisted Jurgen Klopp's side have enough firepower to n "You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three," said the Sky Sports pundit. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10. Thierry Henry reckons Liverpool could hand Man City their first Premier League defeat of the season  Credit: Getty Images  "But [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is there, [Adam] Lallana is back, but obviously you are going to miss Coutinho. The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous. You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool." So yes, there are all the signs that are there to say that Liverpool might be the team to stop City," Key stats (via Opta) Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were fierce rivals during their time in the Bundesliga  Credit: Reuters  Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row. Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles. The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 13 Premier League home games (W7 D6 L0), keeping nine clean sheets in that time. Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005). No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, the Reds have won more points in Premier League games between the ‘big six’ than any other side (39). They also have more wins (9), fewer defeats (3) and more goals (40) than anyone else in these fixtures. Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each). Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net. What are the odds? Liverpool 2/1 Man City 5/4 Draw 11/4 What's our prediction? Jason Burt:  City have lost on their last four visits to Anfield and there is a sense that if one Premier League team can beat them this season, and prevent them being the new ‘Invincibles’ then it is Liverpool. There is an even greater sense that this is highly unlikely to end goalless. Both will go for it. Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Man City

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: team news, suspensions and betting odds 

Follow Liverpool vs Manchester City, live, here with Charlie Eccleshare What is it? It's arguably one of the biggest games of the season so far as Liverpool, currently on an 18-game unbeaten run, host runaway Premier League leaders Man City at Anfield. When is it? This Sunday, January 14. What time is it? The game follows Bournemouth vs Arsenal on a suitably 'super' Sunday in the Premier League. Kick off is at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 3:30pm. Alternatively you can join us for all the big build up from 3pm with our Telegraph Sport live blog. Sky Sports will be covering the game live  Credit: Getty Images  What's the team news? Liverpool Liverpool could give Virgil van Dijk his first Premier League start for the club after making a goalscoring debut in their FA Cup win over Everton. Having missed the last two games through injury, Mohamed Salah is ready to hand Jurgen Klopp a major boost and make his return to Liverpool's starting lineup. "If nothing happens in the moment, Mo is back [on Sunday]. He is training completely normal and that's very important for us," said Klopp in his Friday press conference.  Mohamed Salah has missed Liverpool's last two games through injury  Credit: Reuters  Salah, who has scored 17 goals in the league so far this season, has recovered from a groin strain and is fit to take his place in Klopp's XI to play Man City. Left-back Alberto Moreno could also make his return after missing all of Liverpool's festive fixtures but Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge remain sidelined through injury.  “Hendo is back on the pitch and is training, but is not in team training so far. Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday for the first time. Sunday might be a little early, he needs to do proper training,” said Klopp. Pick your Liverpool team to play Man City Liverpool are still waiting to hear from the FA after Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of using racist language during last week's FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield.  This will also be Liverpool's first Premier League since Philippe Coutinho's departure after the Brazilian completed a £142m move to Barcelona earlier this month.  Manchester City Gabriel Jesus has joined Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden on Man City's long-term injury list  Credit: Getty Images  Pep Guardiola will be without Gabriel Jesus who is facing at least three months out after suffering knee ligament damage in Man City's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.  Claudio Bravo is set to make way for Ederson despite putting in an impressive performance in Man City's League Cup win over Bristol City in midweek.  Phil Foden and Benjamin Mendy are also long-term injury absentees. Pick your Manchester City starting XI to face Liverpool What are they saying? Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero With Gabriel Jesus not being fit, we have to protect him a bit.Sergio is on fire, scoring goals again, but always in his career he scores goals. But we create chances For me it is an honour to be able to train a player like Aguero.  I understand that the moments when you do not play are sad. His great quality is in the area.  In the first half he was not very involved, but in the second half he had the ability to score two goals. If we want to win something this year, the one that comes, and the others, the presence of Aguero is fundamental. Jurgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona  Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen." The club did everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain. It is with great reluctance that we - as a team and club - prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho. The relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well. Klopp on Manchester City It’s interesting to play against City. They play really good and if you don’t respect that, you have a problem. But if you are not brave in your game, you will also have a problem. You need to show up. In his column for Sky Sports Football, Thierry Henry insisted Jurgen Klopp's side have enough firepower to n "You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three," said the Sky Sports pundit. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10. Thierry Henry reckons Liverpool could hand Man City their first Premier League defeat of the season  Credit: Getty Images  "But [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is there, [Adam] Lallana is back, but obviously you are going to miss Coutinho. The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous. You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool." So yes, there are all the signs that are there to say that Liverpool might be the team to stop City," Key stats (via Opta) Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were fierce rivals during their time in the Bundesliga  Credit: Reuters  Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row. Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles. The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 13 Premier League home games (W7 D6 L0), keeping nine clean sheets in that time. Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005). No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, the Reds have won more points in Premier League games between the ‘big six’ than any other side (39). They also have more wins (9), fewer defeats (3) and more goals (40) than anyone else in these fixtures. Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each). Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net. What are the odds? Liverpool 2/1 Man City 5/4 Draw 11/4 What's our prediction? Jason Burt:  City have lost on their last four visits to Anfield and there is a sense that if one Premier League team can beat them this season, and prevent them being the new ‘Invincibles’ then it is Liverpool. There is an even greater sense that this is highly unlikely to end goalless. Both will go for it. Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Man City

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: team news, suspensions and betting odds 

Follow Liverpool vs Manchester City, live, here with Charlie Eccleshare What is it? It's arguably one of the biggest games of the season so far as Liverpool, currently on an 18-game unbeaten run, host runaway Premier League leaders Man City at Anfield. When is it? This Sunday, January 14. What time is it? The game follows Bournemouth vs Arsenal on a suitably 'super' Sunday in the Premier League. Kick off is at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 3:30pm. Alternatively you can join us for all the big build up from 3pm with our Telegraph Sport live blog. Sky Sports will be covering the game live  Credit: Getty Images  What's the team news? Liverpool Liverpool could give Virgil van Dijk his first Premier League start for the club after making a goalscoring debut in their FA Cup win over Everton. Having missed the last two games through injury, Mohamed Salah is ready to hand Jurgen Klopp a major boost and make his return to Liverpool's starting lineup. "If nothing happens in the moment, Mo is back [on Sunday]. He is training completely normal and that's very important for us," said Klopp in his Friday press conference.  Mohamed Salah has missed Liverpool's last two games through injury  Credit: Reuters  Salah, who has scored 17 goals in the league so far this season, has recovered from a groin strain and is fit to take his place in Klopp's XI to play Man City. Left-back Alberto Moreno could also make his return after missing all of Liverpool's festive fixtures but Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge remain sidelined through injury.  “Hendo is back on the pitch and is training, but is not in team training so far. Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday for the first time. Sunday might be a little early, he needs to do proper training,” said Klopp. Pick your Liverpool team to play Man City Liverpool are still waiting to hear from the FA after Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of using racist language during last week's FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield.  This will also be Liverpool's first Premier League since Philippe Coutinho's departure after the Brazilian completed a £142m move to Barcelona earlier this month.  Manchester City Gabriel Jesus has joined Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden on Man City's long-term injury list  Credit: Getty Images  Pep Guardiola will be without Gabriel Jesus who is facing at least three months out after suffering knee ligament damage in Man City's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.  Claudio Bravo is set to make way for Ederson despite putting in an impressive performance in Man City's League Cup win over Bristol City in midweek.  Phil Foden and Benjamin Mendy are also long-term injury absentees. Pick your Manchester City starting XI to face Liverpool What are they saying? Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero With Gabriel Jesus not being fit, we have to protect him a bit.Sergio is on fire, scoring goals again, but always in his career he scores goals. But we create chances For me it is an honour to be able to train a player like Aguero.  I understand that the moments when you do not play are sad. His great quality is in the area.  In the first half he was not very involved, but in the second half he had the ability to score two goals. If we want to win something this year, the one that comes, and the others, the presence of Aguero is fundamental. Jurgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona  Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen." The club did everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain. It is with great reluctance that we - as a team and club - prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho. The relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well. Klopp on Manchester City It’s interesting to play against City. They play really good and if you don’t respect that, you have a problem. But if you are not brave in your game, you will also have a problem. You need to show up. In his column for Sky Sports Football, Thierry Henry insisted Jurgen Klopp's side have enough firepower to n "You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three," said the Sky Sports pundit. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10. Thierry Henry reckons Liverpool could hand Man City their first Premier League defeat of the season  Credit: Getty Images  "But [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is there, [Adam] Lallana is back, but obviously you are going to miss Coutinho. The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous. You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool." So yes, there are all the signs that are there to say that Liverpool might be the team to stop City," Key stats (via Opta) Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were fierce rivals during their time in the Bundesliga  Credit: Reuters  Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row. Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles. The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 13 Premier League home games (W7 D6 L0), keeping nine clean sheets in that time. Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005). No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, the Reds have won more points in Premier League games between the ‘big six’ than any other side (39). They also have more wins (9), fewer defeats (3) and more goals (40) than anyone else in these fixtures. Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each). Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net. What are the odds? Liverpool 2/1 Man City 5/4 Draw 11/4 What's our prediction? Jason Burt:  City have lost on their last four visits to Anfield and there is a sense that if one Premier League team can beat them this season, and prevent them being the new ‘Invincibles’ then it is Liverpool. There is an even greater sense that this is highly unlikely to end goalless. Both will go for it. Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Man City

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: team news, suspensions and betting odds 

Follow Liverpool vs Manchester City, live, here with Charlie Eccleshare What is it? It's arguably one of the biggest games of the season so far as Liverpool, currently on an 18-game unbeaten run, host runaway Premier League leaders Man City at Anfield. When is it? This Sunday, January 14. What time is it? The game follows Bournemouth vs Arsenal on a suitably 'super' Sunday in the Premier League. Kick off is at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 3:30pm. Alternatively you can join us for all the big build up from 3pm with our Telegraph Sport live blog. Sky Sports will be covering the game live  Credit: Getty Images  What's the team news? Liverpool Liverpool could give Virgil van Dijk his first Premier League start for the club after making a goalscoring debut in their FA Cup win over Everton. Having missed the last two games through injury, Mohamed Salah is ready to hand Jurgen Klopp a major boost and make his return to Liverpool's starting lineup. "If nothing happens in the moment, Mo is back [on Sunday]. He is training completely normal and that's very important for us," said Klopp in his Friday press conference.  Mohamed Salah has missed Liverpool's last two games through injury  Credit: Reuters  Salah, who has scored 17 goals in the league so far this season, has recovered from a groin strain and is fit to take his place in Klopp's XI to play Man City. Left-back Alberto Moreno could also make his return after missing all of Liverpool's festive fixtures but Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge remain sidelined through injury.  “Hendo is back on the pitch and is training, but is not in team training so far. Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday for the first time. Sunday might be a little early, he needs to do proper training,” said Klopp. Pick your Liverpool team to play Man City Liverpool are still waiting to hear from the FA after Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of using racist language during last week's FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield.  This will also be Liverpool's first Premier League since Philippe Coutinho's departure after the Brazilian completed a £142m move to Barcelona earlier this month.  Manchester City Gabriel Jesus has joined Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden on Man City's long-term injury list  Credit: Getty Images  Pep Guardiola will be without Gabriel Jesus who is facing at least three months out after suffering knee ligament damage in Man City's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.  Claudio Bravo is set to make way for Ederson despite putting in an impressive performance in Man City's League Cup win over Bristol City in midweek.  Phil Foden and Benjamin Mendy are also long-term injury absentees. Pick your Manchester City starting XI to face Liverpool What are they saying? Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero With Gabriel Jesus not being fit, we have to protect him a bit.Sergio is on fire, scoring goals again, but always in his career he scores goals. But we create chances For me it is an honour to be able to train a player like Aguero.  I understand that the moments when you do not play are sad. His great quality is in the area.  In the first half he was not very involved, but in the second half he had the ability to score two goals. If we want to win something this year, the one that comes, and the others, the presence of Aguero is fundamental. Jurgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona  Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen." The club did everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain. It is with great reluctance that we - as a team and club - prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho. The relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well. Klopp on Manchester City It’s interesting to play against City. They play really good and if you don’t respect that, you have a problem. But if you are not brave in your game, you will also have a problem. You need to show up. In his column for Sky Sports Football, Thierry Henry insisted Jurgen Klopp's side have enough firepower to n "You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three," said the Sky Sports pundit. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10. Thierry Henry reckons Liverpool could hand Man City their first Premier League defeat of the season  Credit: Getty Images  "But [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is there, [Adam] Lallana is back, but obviously you are going to miss Coutinho. The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous. You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool." So yes, there are all the signs that are there to say that Liverpool might be the team to stop City," Key stats (via Opta) Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were fierce rivals during their time in the Bundesliga  Credit: Reuters  Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row. Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles. The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 13 Premier League home games (W7 D6 L0), keeping nine clean sheets in that time. Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005). No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, the Reds have won more points in Premier League games between the ‘big six’ than any other side (39). They also have more wins (9), fewer defeats (3) and more goals (40) than anyone else in these fixtures. Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each). Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net. What are the odds? Liverpool 2/1 Man City 5/4 Draw 11/4 What's our prediction? Jason Burt:  City have lost on their last four visits to Anfield and there is a sense that if one Premier League team can beat them this season, and prevent them being the new ‘Invincibles’ then it is Liverpool. There is an even greater sense that this is highly unlikely to end goalless. Both will go for it. Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Man City

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League: team news, suspensions and betting odds 

Follow Liverpool vs Manchester City, live, here with Charlie Eccleshare What is it? It's arguably one of the biggest games of the season so far as Liverpool, currently on an 18-game unbeaten run, host runaway Premier League leaders Man City at Anfield. When is it? This Sunday, January 14. What time is it? The game follows Bournemouth vs Arsenal on a suitably 'super' Sunday in the Premier League. Kick off is at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. What TV channel is it on? You can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 3:30pm. Alternatively you can join us for all the big build up from 3pm with our Telegraph Sport live blog. Sky Sports will be covering the game live  Credit: Getty Images  What's the team news? Liverpool Liverpool could give Virgil van Dijk his first Premier League start for the club after making a goalscoring debut in their FA Cup win over Everton. Having missed the last two games through injury, Mohamed Salah is ready to hand Jurgen Klopp a major boost and make his return to Liverpool's starting lineup. "If nothing happens in the moment, Mo is back [on Sunday]. He is training completely normal and that's very important for us," said Klopp in his Friday press conference.  Mohamed Salah has missed Liverpool's last two games through injury  Credit: Reuters  Salah, who has scored 17 goals in the league so far this season, has recovered from a groin strain and is fit to take his place in Klopp's XI to play Man City. Left-back Alberto Moreno could also make his return after missing all of Liverpool's festive fixtures but Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge remain sidelined through injury.  “Hendo is back on the pitch and is training, but is not in team training so far. Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday for the first time. Sunday might be a little early, he needs to do proper training,” said Klopp. Pick your Liverpool team to play Man City Liverpool are still waiting to hear from the FA after Mason Holgate accused Roberto Firmino of using racist language during last week's FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield.  This will also be Liverpool's first Premier League since Philippe Coutinho's departure after the Brazilian completed a £142m move to Barcelona earlier this month.  Manchester City Gabriel Jesus has joined Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden on Man City's long-term injury list  Credit: Getty Images  Pep Guardiola will be without Gabriel Jesus who is facing at least three months out after suffering knee ligament damage in Man City's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.  Claudio Bravo is set to make way for Ederson despite putting in an impressive performance in Man City's League Cup win over Bristol City in midweek.  Phil Foden and Benjamin Mendy are also long-term injury absentees. Pick your Manchester City starting XI to face Liverpool What are they saying? Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero With Gabriel Jesus not being fit, we have to protect him a bit.Sergio is on fire, scoring goals again, but always in his career he scores goals. But we create chances For me it is an honour to be able to train a player like Aguero.  I understand that the moments when you do not play are sad. His great quality is in the area.  In the first half he was not very involved, but in the second half he had the ability to score two goals. If we want to win something this year, the one that comes, and the others, the presence of Aguero is fundamental. Jurgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona  Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen." The club did everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of Liverpool was as attractive as moving to Spain. It is with great reluctance that we - as a team and club - prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho. The relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well. Klopp on Manchester City It’s interesting to play against City. They play really good and if you don’t respect that, you have a problem. But if you are not brave in your game, you will also have a problem. You need to show up. In his column for Sky Sports Football, Thierry Henry insisted Jurgen Klopp's side have enough firepower to n "You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three," said the Sky Sports pundit. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10. Thierry Henry reckons Liverpool could hand Man City their first Premier League defeat of the season  Credit: Getty Images  "But [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is there, [Adam] Lallana is back, but obviously you are going to miss Coutinho. The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous. You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool." So yes, there are all the signs that are there to say that Liverpool might be the team to stop City," Key stats (via Opta) Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were fierce rivals during their time in the Bundesliga  Credit: Reuters  Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row. Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles. The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 13 Premier League home games (W7 D6 L0), keeping nine clean sheets in that time. Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City. Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005). No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, the Reds have won more points in Premier League games between the ‘big six’ than any other side (39). They also have more wins (9), fewer defeats (3) and more goals (40) than anyone else in these fixtures. Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each). Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net. What are the odds? Liverpool 2/1 Man City 5/4 Draw 11/4 What's our prediction? Jason Burt:  City have lost on their last four visits to Anfield and there is a sense that if one Premier League team can beat them this season, and prevent them being the new ‘Invincibles’ then it is Liverpool. There is an even greater sense that this is highly unlikely to end goalless. Both will go for it. Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Man City

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