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Liverpool v Man City as it happened


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By Pranav Soneji

2219: Mancini confirms City captain Carlos Tevez has a hamstring problem and says it will be "difficult" to get the Argentine fit for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final derby against Manchester United. And on that bombshell I leave you chewing over an enthralling Liverpool performance/insipid, vacuous display by City. Delete as applicable. See you.

2215: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "I made a mistake, it was my fault. I'm very sorry for the fans." The Italian refuses to elaborate why. Intriguing.

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From Rich, York, text 81111: "Well, with no Tevez and Liverpool playing like that, Micheala had a safe bet. Good Luck with Stevie!"

Dirk Kuyt on Andy Carroll: " It makes it a lot easier with quality in the team. You can already see that [with Carroll]. It's always difficult coming back after an injury of 12 weeks, he has done very well and his team-mates are very happy. He deserves it and more will follow. He's very good in the air, he's good with his feet and holds it up and is a big threat in the air."

Man of the match Andy Carroll: "It was a great result all round. "[The first goal:] Just dropped nicely for us, right in front and I knew I was going to hit it, I hit it sweetly. [On his second goal:] "That's definitely mine!"

2159: FULL-TIME: Liverpool 3-0 Man City
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's full-time snapshot:
"Liverpool keep their European hopes alive in style but it is hard to know where to start with Manchester City. Carlos Tevez injured, James Milner unhappy at being substituted and substitute Mario Balotelli substituted. Awful - things can surely only get better against Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday. Or at least Roberto Mancini will hope so."

From Noodle, Telford, text 81111: "It looks like the excitement has finally returned to Liverpool's play. They've got a big number 9 again!"

Full time

2152: Anfield favourite Ian Rush stands up to applaud the contribution of Andy Carroll as Kenny Daglish replaces his record signing for David N'gog, along with the rest of the Anfield crowd. Well played that man.

2151: Lovely jinking feet from Luis Suarez sees the striker cruise past the static-footed Alexander Kolarov before sending over a lovely looping cross for Andy Carroll, but the seventh most expensive footballer in history's header just loops over the bar from eight yards. Great attempt for the hat-trick with two minutes on the clock. On this performance, the treble won't be far off in the future...

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield "All coming serenely to a close at Anfield - but Roberto Mancini keeps things interesting by substituting substitute Mario Balotelli with Nigel de Jong. What a wretched night this has been for Manchester City. Their travelling fans have been their outstanding performers."

2145: The indignity...substitute Mario Balotelli is substituted for Nigel de Jong. Not that it will make an iota of difference.

2144: Kuyt sets off again on a mazy run with no absolutely no City player in sight. He feeds Raul Meireles on the left and the Portugal international's firmly struck shot from the edge of the City box is well saved by Joe Hart, who clings on with Suarez prowling. Liverpool fans are not yet sated...

2141: So Pepe Reina is playing...The goalkeeper ambles out and collects Adam Johnson's cross - and the Spaniard's long clearance kick sets Liverpool off on another attack as Suarez feeds Kuyt on the left, but the Dutchman's left-footed strike across goal is wide, much to the disappointment of the euphoric Anfield crowd. They want four. Five. Whatever it is, they want more.

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From Keenan, Edinburgh, text 81111: "I almost ran a cyclist over when driving home from uni when the score was read out! This is a huge boost for Liverpool and the beginning of the end for City..."

2135: Lots of Spurs fans revelling in City's woeful performance on Twitter and texts right now - Harry Redknapp's team team would trail City by three points, but the north Londoners have a game in hand. Got to love the Champions League race - Liverpool have just shown that, if they continue this form, they are by no means out of contention.

2132: City's defence is an utter shambles right now - the Budleigh Salterton Rovers under-8s look a better organised outfit than the fourth-placed team in the Premier League. More pinball defending sees the ball break perfectly for Luis Suarez, but the striker spears his right-footed shot well wide of Joe Hart's left-hand post from 10 yards. That was a gimme for the supremely talented Uruguayan.

2128: Expect the "oles!" soon - Anfield is absolutely revelling in this performance. Raul Meireles sends over a teasing cross which Hart palms half-heartedly palms away, but the ball can't quite break for a red shirt. For all you City fans - look away now: City have not done the double over Liverpool in 74 years.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield "Little bit more subdued from Liverpool this half. Manchester City fans still exercising their vocal chords though - particularly in the direction of £27m striker Edin Dzeko when he showed barely any interest in chasing a cross into the penalty area.."

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From Anon, text 81111: "Zonal marking appears to mean standing very still when the corner comes in then looking at each other bemused when the opposition have a free header."

2124: Play is held up as Mario Balotelli receives treatment for a bad case of winding following a fair - but robust - tackle from Lucas Leiva. The word "gingerly" is always used when players wobble off following a challenge - and I can't think of a better word to describe the Italian's gait as he heads towards the touchline.

2121: Roberto Mancini makes his second change of the match, hauling off the largely ineffectual James Milner (actually, that's harsh on the midfielder - most of his team-mates have been the same too) for David Silva, who looks like a toddler on his first day at school. He doesn't want to go on that pitch.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Craig Burley: "Body language seems to be fashionable words these days, but it is looking down for several of the Man City players."

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From Ben, text 81111: "My son has just been repeatedly sick into a plastic bin - a wonderful critique of city's first-half display. God help that bin if Carroll gets another one."

2116: I don't think I have mentioned Jay Spearing during the first half, but the Liverpool midfielder has been excellent so far this evening, although an ambitious 30-yard volley shanked high into the stands will not go down in his highlights reel for this evening.

2114: City should be 4-0 down. A Liverpool corner is swung over inside the six-yard box and an unmarked Dirk Kuyt flicks a header wide of Hart's left-hand post. Not a defender in sight - no-one wants to take responsibility for that awful error. Kuyt is livid - he knows he should have buried that. BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley blames zonal marking. Whatever it is, City are very bad at it right now.

2110: Basketball star LeBron James must think this football malarkey is simple - he'll expect three goals inside 35 minutes every week after investing into Liverpool. The same probably can't be said of Sheik Mansour after watching that insipid first-half display. No changes so far from either team. BBC Radio 5 live reporter Alastair Yeomans reports there was a five-minute conference between Mancini, coaches David Platt and Attilio Lombardo before going into the dressing room at half-time. All conducted in Italian too.

2106: The players are out on the lush Anfield turf with City set to kick off - and we're away.

SeriousShortbrd on Twitter: "Did not realise LeBron James would have this kind of impact on Liverpool. I want a basketball star to invest in Blackburn now!"

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From George, text 81111: "As a City fan I'm close to tears, our season has gone from title challengers to European challengers to FA Cup potential to nothing. We've lost this game and Tevez, without our stalwart we'll go down on Saturday. He is three men. He holds City together. Well done Liverpool, and in advance, well done United, as much as it pains me to say it."

2103: So then City fans, can your team pull something quite extraordinary out of the blue in the second half? Without Tevez, there seems little attacking endeavour - expect an appearance from David Silva at some stage in the second half, with Adam Johnson testing out Liverpool debutant John Flanagan. The 18-year-old hasn't put a foot wrong - although he hasn't exactly been pushed to the maximum of his capabilities, so far.

Infostrada Live on Twitter: "#Liverpool have already won most points (10) against the current top 4 teams in the #EPL this season and will go to 13 if they win today."

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b>From Dan, Birkenhead, text 81111: "Everyone's raving but you never know if Liverpool have truly turned the corner. They played Chelsea off the park, then drew to Wigan. They destroyed United, then got knocked out of the Europa League. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, again."

JRAsh1 on Twitter: "That might be the best I've seen Liverpool play since the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half of the 2005 Champions League Final."

BBC Radio 5 live's Craig Burley on a wild Balotelli shot over the bar: " That was more Jack Duckworth from the Rovers than Roy of the Rovers."

2054: Oh dear. Just seen a close-up of City boss Roberto Mancini, who looks like a man who banked all his money on Rory McIlroy to win the Masters. The Italian has a serious patching up job to do during his 15 minutes at the interval - and all of this without his top scorer Carlos Tevez, who suffered what looks like a hamstring injury during the first half and is likely to miss the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United this weekend.

Half-time snapshot from Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Liverpool in complete command and Manchester City in complete disarray. Liverpool have been all over City like a rash while Roberto Mancini's side have barely raised a gallop. And Carlos Tevez has added injury to the insult of City's first half display."

Half time

BBC Radio 5 live's Craig Burley: "So far this is a political broadcast for Kenny Dalglish to get the Liverpool job. "

2049: The resulting free-kick sees Jeleon Lescott make a flying header from 12 yards, but the England defender can't find enough direction to trouble the so far untroubled Pepe Reina. Liverpool in total control.

2048: City are dumb-struck - James Milner has taken a more central role since the third goal in an attempt to try and outmuscle the impressive Raul Meireles alongside Yaya Toure, and the visitors have a promising free-kick on the left.

2042: Raul Meireles pings over a right-wing cross into the box with Alexander Kolarov attempting to contain the aerial presence of Andy Carroll. The defender loses the aerial battle as the ball loops off a head beyond the desperate dive of Joe Hart. Replays suggest the ball came off the Serb's head, I'll let you know more if it is credited as an own goal.

2039: More calamitous City defending as the ball pinballs all around the 18-yard box before it finds its way to Dirk Kuyt, who side-foots a perfect finish from outside the penalty area, sending the Anfield faithful into raptures. City are in tatters. And less than 60 seconds later...



2033: A couple of enticing Adam Johnson completely does Aurelio up like a kipper as he strides into the penalty area, but Martin Srktel saunters over and clears the danger. Smart defending from the Slovakian, but Johnson has clearly been City's most effective player so far.

Yellow card
2032: Ouch! Fabio Aurelio makes a dangerous tackle on Adam Johnson, both feet were very close to taking out the winger, who most definitely felt the impact of the challenge. Unsurprisingly, referee Mark Halsey reaches for his pocket for the yellow card. Replays suggest the Brazilian was fortunate to get away with that.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield "Liverpool could not have made a better start - or Manchester City a worse one. Liverpool's early tempo all too much for laboured City and Carroll's goal was a spectacular first for the club. Even more disturbing news for City may be what looked like a hamstring injury to Carlos Tevez ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley."

2027: Liverpool's passing is accurate and penetrating, City's defence is struggling to cope with their movement. remember, City have not won away from home in any competition since Boxing Day and have not scored in their last three matches away from Eastlands.

Jamescocks on Twitter: "A month out with injury and still scores before Torres. That's the sort of striker the KOP love"

2024: Tevez heads straight down the tunnel for treatment and on comes Mario Balotelli, he of various tabloid-leading antics. The Italian slots in up front alongside Edin Dzeko for a very physical front two. Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel are in for a right old tussle.

BBC Radio 5 live's Craig Burley: "It's nothing to do with tactics. Liverpool have just been brighter and sharper."

2019: Excuse the post-hitting graphic below, done in fast-fingered error. Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez has thrown off the captain's armband following what looks like a pulled hamstring. His face is strained, the pain looks bad - and that could spell the end of his hopes of playing in the FA Cup semi-final Manchester derby this weekend.

2015: Wallop! Andy Carroll scores his first goal for Liverpool - and what a belter too! The striker receives the ball courtesy of a deflection off Vincent Kompany following an ambitious 35-yard strike from Raul Meireles and straight into the former Newcastle player, who hammers an unstoppable left-footed strike from 25 yards past the diving right glove of Joe Hart.


BBC Radio 5 live's Craig Burley: "Liverpool are going to try and put defenders Kompany and Lescott under pressure with Carroll's physical presence and Suarez going at them."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2011: Carroll opens up centre-backs Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany with a clever through ball for Luis Suarez, whose shot is parried on to the post by the sprawling Joe Hart. Great save from the England keeper to thwart the former Ajax striker, who cannot quite believe it. Great start to the game - fast-paced, lots of slick passing and plenty of physical muscle.

2009: Andy Carroll uses his physical strength beautifully, chesting a long ball into Suarez's path. The Uruguayan uncharacteristically miscontrols the ball but the ball finds Dirk Kuyt, whose first time shot from 25 yards flies high over the crossbar.

2008: Adam Johnson attempts to take on Fabio Aurelio with a right-wing run, but the England international runs out of space with Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko lurking. Expect Johnson to switch flanks and give young John Flanagan a proper working over at some stage in this match.

2005: City make the early inroad into Liverpool territory but Gareth Barry - a man who issued the "come and get me plea" to Liverpool - sends a terrible pass 35 yards from goal. The capacity Anfield crowd appreciated that.

Dinglor on Twitter: "Ref Michaela baby naming. What if it's a draw? Mark (Halsey?)"

2005: City make the early inroad into Liverpool territory but Gareth Barry - a man who issued the "come and get me plea" to Liverpool - sends a terrible pass 35 yards from goal. The capacity Anfield crowd appreciated that.

2003: So Liverpool to kick off as Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez - £60m of goal-scoring talent - get the game under way.

2000: Before this evening's proceedings, a minute's silence is observed ahead of the 22nd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, as well as for the wife of former Anfield favourite David Fairclough, who passed away earlier today.

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From Michaela, text 81111: "Didn't sleep a wink last night. The name of my first child rests on this game; if City win my boyfriend gets Carlos and if Liverpool win, I get Stevie JJ. Come on the Reds!!!"

1958: If you refresh your web browser, you should be able to pick up the Radio 5 live commentary from this evening's game on the right-hand side of the page.

GavJB on Twitter: "Dear Stan, welcome to the club, just remember, there's no such thing as 'too much' for a unfit player. Love Roman.."

Infostrada Live on Twitter: "Manchester City have lost their last 7 PL matches led by referee Mark Halsey and are winless in their last 12 led by Halsey, since beating Everton 2-0 in October 2005."

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b>From Ben, Manchester, text 81111: "I'd write 'Dear Stan, money can't buy Europe - love Roman'."
Touche, Ben, touche.

1952: A victory for City this evening will see them open up a one-point lead over Chelsea (who have an "obsession to win the European Cup and that's why they bought Torres" according to Sir Alex Ferguson earlier on Monday) and three points behind Arsenal, although both London teams will have played a game less. A Liverpool defeat would effectively wave goodbye to any aspirations of Champions League football next season, something not on owner John W Henry's agenda.

imjakeh on Twitter: "Only one holding midfielder for City today.. blimey.. times are changing.."

1949: The earlier match between the two teams back in August was marked by the first appearance at Eastlands of City's multi-gazillionaire owner Sheikh Mansour, who saw his expensively assembled team take Liverpool apart 3-0, with Carlos Tevez scoring twice along with Gareth Barry's strike. While Liverpool have lost 10 on the road, at home they are a different proposition. From 15 matches this season, they have won nine at Anfield, drawn four and lost only twice. City's away form is not bad - won six, drawn four and lost five. Strap yourselves in for what, on paper, looks a corker.

1947: Right then, let's have it - plenty of intriguing chat knocking around this evening. You can encapsulate your thoughts in 140 characters or less using the hashtag #BBCFootball on Twitter or feel free to text via 81111 (UK) instead.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Anfield: "Manchester City go to Liverpool intent on keeping their distance from Tottenham in the battle for fourth place and qualification for next season's Champions League - a prime objective even with an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday on the horizon. Liverpool still have European hopes of their own, although Kenny Dalglish must try to achieve it with a squad ravaged by injuries. Steven Gerrard is out until next season after groin surgery, while Daniel Agger is another who will not figure again in this campaign and Glen Johnson is out for a month with a hamstring problem."

1941: If, like me, you're wondering exactly who John Flanagan is, the Liverpool website has come up with this little summation: "John is a tough-tackling right-back who hails from Liverpool. He is known for his aerial ability and composure on the ball and made a huge impression during his first campaign with the U18s. The teen full-back has since featured for the reserves on a number of occasions and played his part in the second-string's double Senior Cup success of 2010." If that doesn't fill you Reds fans full of hope, expectation and outright pride, then I have no idea what will. However, I get the feeling whoever wrote that probably didn't expect Flanagan to make his Premier League debut against Manchester City.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield "Liverpool's defensive injury problems give Kenny Dalglish the opportunity to hand a debut to local Academy graduate John Flanagan. Manchester City leave David Silva and Nigel de Jong on the bench, presumably with Saturday's FA Cup semi-final in mind, but Carlos Tevez, Adam Johnson and Edin Dzeko will hope to put that weakened Liverpool rearguard to the test."

1933: TEAM NEWS:
Liverpool: Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Kuyt, Lucas, Spearing, Meireles, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Maxi, Wilson, Ngog, Shelvey, Robinson.
Man City: Hart, Boyata, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Barry, Toure Yaya, Milner, Tevez, Adam Johnson, Dzeko. Subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Silva, De Jong, Balotelli, McGivern.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1929: On a day when Arsenal become the 10th foreign-owned football club in the Premier League, two teams who have been out of English hands for a few years must be wondering what all the fuss is about at the Emirates. Wonder if Stan Kroenke received a "welcome to the club" text message from John W Henry or Sheik Mansour? If you were a billionaire Premier League club owner, what would you write to Stan?

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 32 38 69
2 Arsenal 31 32 62
3 Chelsea 31 30 58
4 Man City 32 20 56
5 Tottenham 31 8 53
6 Liverpool 32 7 48
7 Everton 32 4 44
8 Bolton 32 3 43
9 Newcastle 32 1 39
10 West Brom 32 -13 39
11 Fulham 32 1 38
12 Stoke 32 -3 38
13 Sunderland 32 -10 38
14 Aston Villa 32 -13 37
15 Blackburn 32 -12 35
16 Birmingham 31 -12 35
17 Blackpool 32 -20 33
18 West Ham 32 -18 32
19 Wolves 32 -20 32
20 Wigan 32 -23 31

see also
Liverpool 3-0 Man City
11 Apr 11 |  Premier League
Gerrard undergoes groin operation
09 Apr 11 |  Liverpool
City deserve top four - Mancini
10 Apr 11 |  Premier League
LeBron James gets Liverpool stake
07 Apr 11 |  Liverpool


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