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Man City v Liverpool

City of Manchester Stadium
3 Feb 2013, KO: 16:00

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90 That's all from the Etihad. Great performance from the Reds today, just couldn't hold out. We'll be back for West Brom a week on Monday.
90 @suso30fernandez Not a bad game. I think we played better but we couldnt win. Great effort by the team. Tomorrow U21s.
90 Sturridge will be a doubt for the England game on Wednesday with a thigh problem, Rodgers reveals.
90 Rodgers on the Sturridge goal: 'Dzeko thinks it's a free-kick. You're talking about a minute or so after. The referee had told a couple of players – Gerrard, Sturridge – to play on.'
90 Rodgers now in the press room: 'Absolutely we deserved to win. It was an outstanding performance at a notoriously difficult place. The confidence of the players, the desire and the efficiency of the play. Going forward it's a real positive for us.'
90 @DietmarHamann Good game at the Etihad. Fair result but LFC slightly edged it...doesn't really help either side.
90 Liverpool now nine points off the top four but their toughest remaining fixtures - Everton, Spurs and Chelsea - are all at home. Thirteen games left.
90 Mancini: 'Liverpool probably should have stopped [for the goal]. But in the end the result was probably correct because Liverpool played well.'
90 Mancini: 'We didn't play well. Liverpool played better than us in the first half.'
90 Mancini giving his post-match press conference. First question - is the title over. 'No, absolutely not.'
90 Jose Enrique had more touches than any other player on the pitch 86. Gerrard second with 85, then Lucas on 73 and Gareth Barry 71.
90 Carra was actually the most accurate passer on the pitch. Lucas Leiva second with 91.9 per cent of 62 passes completed.
90 Liverpool's most accurate passer was Jamie Carragher at 92.6 per cent, though he made fewer passes than most with 27.
90 Liverpool had 54.3 per cent of the possession, twice as many shots as City (22 to 11). City had to make 29 clearances on their own turf - Liverpool 18.
90 @TerryMac777 Excellent performance from LFC, really unlucky not to get all 3 points, I don't have words in my vocabulary to describe how good Stevie G is.
90 Reaction from Brendan Rodgers coming up.
90 @Petermcdowall10 Signs are really good from Sturridge, his touch is brilliant, pace to burn and the understanding with Suarez will only improve.
90 @DizGillespie2 Disappointing again with result. Good performance dominated for long spells but could really have done with three points.
90 Liverpool were the better team but for the second time this week they have to settle for a 2-2 draw at one of the toughest grounds in the country. The fixture list looks kind from here on in, however, with all the tradionally difficult trips out of the way. Brendan Rodgers and his men will surely believe they can still make the top four.
90 The ball comes in but just won't fall for Skrtel. The referee is going to blow now, surely.
90 Suarez wins a corner right at the last...
90 A chance for Gerrard to deliver here deep in stoppage time. The free-kick comes in. Cleared. A goalmouth scramble then ensues but there aren't enough Liverpool players in there and City escape.
90 Daniel Sturridge is the Liverpoolfc.com journalists' man of the match.
90 Maicon clean through to cross here. What a foot in from Skrtel. Saved Liverpool, there.
90 Substitution: Joe Allen for Daniel Sturridge: Boos ring out among the City fans as Liverpool's first goalscorer is replaced.
90 Five minutes of stoppage time. Last chance for either side to claim an important three points.
90 Sturridge, from 20 yards, forces a scurrying save from Hart, who palms the ball away. Skrtel gets there and wins a corner.
87 Substitution: Samir Nasri for Gareth Barry:
87 At the other end Johnson intervenes to block a cross. Corner comes in an Maicon heads narrowly over.
86 Johnson shoots over as Samir Nasri prepares to make his entrance.
83 Suarez jinks his way into space in the box. Cross somehow cleared but Gerrard has a chance to smash it...blocked.
79 Credit where it's due - that was an outstanding finish.
78 GOAL! Sergio Aguero: The ball is played forward and wide. Reina comes for it but Aguero gets there first and finishes from an acute angle.
78 Gerrard swings in a free-kick, Sturridge connects with his head and then Skrtel is inches away from getting a foot on it to make the score 3-1.
78 The away fans are jubilant.
77 ‏@JBcommentator What a strike by Steven Gerrard...the man is utter class.
75 Substitution: Martin Skrtel for Jose Enrique:
74 Substitution: Maicon for David Silva:
74 Martin Skrtel preparing to come on.
73 GOAL! Steven Gerrard: Clichy clears to Gerrard, who controls with his chest 30 yards from goal before smashing beyond Hart.
72 Jamie Carragher having another imperious performance here. Digs in for yet another intervention as City probe.
71 First Booking: Javi Garcia: Trip on Suarez as Liverpool looked to mount a counter-attack.
69 @paul_tomkins Strurridge's hold up play and passing has been superb. As has his dribbling and shooting. Top all-round forward's performance.
66 City have now found a way get themselves into this game but as I type Liverpool are away thanks to a quality ball from Sturridge. Lucas is in a position to cross but it's to no-one. Downing eventually collects the ball and powers wide of Joe Hart's goal.
65 Aguero skips past Lucas and into the box. Real danger. Agger covers and between him and Lucas, Aguero finds his path to goal blocked. Barry then heads over after connecting with Milner's cross.
62 Downing swings the outside of his left foot at the ball to find Suarez, who takes a touch before curling wide.
61 Aguero and Agger clash in the air and the City man is down. Agger plays the ball out, prompting another round of sarcastic cheers.
60 Liverpool still dominating possession - 55.7 per cent.
59 Superb last-ditch defending from Carragher to thwart Silva's run through the box. City corner cleared.
57 First Booking: Jamie Carragher: Got the ball but it was from behind on Aguero. Carragher furious.
56 Substitution: Aleksandar Kolarov for Matija Nastasic:
55 Sturridge blasts one from distance. Right into the midriff of Gael Clichy.
54 Now Downing fizzes the ball across the box. It really is one-way traffic at the Etihad but Liverpool need to make this pressure count.
53 First Booking: Daniel Sturridge: Suarez plays Sturridge through, the England man beats Lescott and then falls easily.
51 Liverpool again the better side at the start of this second half. Downing plays the ball in, Suarez volleys across the face of goal and Lescott only just beats Carragher to it. Downing then heads wide when a cross comes in.
50 Downing floats it to the far post but City get it away eventually.
49 Liverpool have a free-kick in the same area where Suarez scored in the Anfield fixture. Suarez and Gerrard stood over it. Suarez takes and it's deflected for a corner.
48 Liverpool's best passer in the first half? Lucas with 39 played and a 92.3 per cent accuracy.
46 SECOND-HALF: City restart the game and straight away Milner almost catches out Pepe Reina with a cross-cum-shot.
45 Sturridge back out for the second half so not as injured as some people thought.
45 @OptaJoe 9 - Steven Gerrard has now equalled his highest ever assist total in a single Premier League season. Master.
45 @iamcheapskate Incredibly sporting of Sturridge to put the ball out of play like that. Good lad.
45 City website fella just told me Liverpool are the best side he's seen at the Etihad this season.
45 HALF-TIME: Liverpool have controlled the game but had to come from 1-0 behind to be level at the break, Sturridge with a controversial equaliser while Dzeko was floored.
45 Ball comes into the box. Suarez hits it first time on the volley. Hart gets down to make a comfortable save.
44 Horrible mix up between Zabaleta and Hart with Enrique lurking almost gives Liverpool the lead. Instead the ball trickles out for a corner. Which is cleared.
43 Sturridge looks to be nursing a thigh injury.
42 56 per cent possession for Liverpool in this first half, and eight shots to City's six.
39 Sarcastic cheers from the home support as referee Anthony Taylor awards a free-kick against Agger.
38 Overhit.
37 Johnson bursts down the right. His cross hits the roof of the net and then City break quickly to earn a corner.
36 First Booking: Jordan Henderson: Late tackle on Milner.
31 @JamesPearceEcho Shocking from Dzeko that. Miraculous recovery and didn't even need treatment - vindicating #LFC's decision not to kick it out.
30 City fans and players are furious but Dzeko was straight up on his feet and fine as soon as the goal went in.
29 GOAL! Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool continue to play even with Dzeko down on the floor and Sturridge smashes home from 25 yards.
26 Sturridge wins a free-kick off Lescott near the corner flag. Downing picks out Henderson on the edge of the box but his attempted volley is well off target.
23 GOAL! Edin Dzeko: Milner crosses low and Dzeko ghosts into the six-yard box to score against the run of play.
23 Lovely footwork by Sergio Aguero, who has strayed wide. Could be an opening but Carragher ushers him away.
22 Liverpool on top.
21 Joleon Lescott smacks a clearance against Sturridge, the ball ricochets off the striker and into the path of Suarez, who drags wide with just Hart to beat.
20 Sturridge thunders past Matija Nastasic down Liverpool's left. Too easy. His cross finds Suarez but the Uruguayan skews his shot.
18 Liverpool have had 55.3 per cent of the possession so far.
17 Suarez wins a corner, Downing swings it in and Agger connects. Hart looks to collect but Jamie Carragher wants it more. He pinches the ball but sadly for Liverpool his touch takes it away from goal.
16 @JamesPearceEcho Decent opening 15mins for #LFC at the Etihad. Confident in possession and dangerous on the counter.
14 City fans are comparing Glen Johnson, unfavourably, to Micah Richards.
13 Gerrard finds Downing with a superb crossfield pass. Downing chests down to Johnson, who lofts the ball over the City rearguard. Sturridge takes it past Joe Hart with one touch but Zabaleta intervenes at the last moment. Great football.
12 Mancini has now retired to his bench.
11 Liverpool almost operating in a 4-4-2 here, with Jordan Henderson on the left and Downing on the right.
8 Mancini and Rodgers both stalking their technical areas, protesting for every decision. Such an important game for both teams, with those around them winning this weekend.
7 Agger lands Reina in trouble with an overhit backpass. The Spaniard just about clears for a corner. Javi Garcia then heads over the bar.
5 Daniel Agger and Jose Enrique exchanging words after a miscommunication between them almost sets Pablo Zabaleta away down the right wing.
2 Liverpool clear the corner and Downing is away. Makes it to the byline but cannot cross towards Suarez.
1 Close. Fingertip save from Pepe Reina to stop David Silva opening the scoring with a 20-yard volley.
1 KICK-OFF: Suarez and Sturridge get the game underway as the travelling Kop sing You'll Never Walk Alone.
Pre Brendan Rodgers going with experience today. It's Liverpool's oldest starting eleven since October 2011 (Norwich home). Today's LFC team average age - 28 yrs 18 days (via @ged0407).
Pre The players are in the tunnel.
Pre Final pre-match tweet courtesy of John Aldridge... @Realaldo474: I don't want to jinx it but fancy a positive result today. Yes and I thought we'd batter Oldham!
Pre @DizGillespie2 Looking forward to good game this afternoon. Will be tough, City great home record in league but without key players.
Pre @BrianDurand56 On this day in 1965, Liverpool wore a full red strip for the first time in English domestic competition.
Pre Gerard Houllier is in the press room here at the Etihad.
Pre City playing video 'tribute' to Mario Balotelli on the stadium big screen.
Pre @OptaJoe 3 - Manchester City are aiming to win three successive league home games against Liverpool for the first time since 1937. History.
Pre Stewart Downing having what looks like a tactical discussion with Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson as they wait for their turns in shooting practice.
Pre Glove watch: It's just Jonjo Shelvey today - maybe the lads have been reading 'glove watch'?
Pre Here they come, led by Steven Gerrard, attacking players in orange bibs, defensive in yellow. Daniel Sturridge, as usual, praying as he runs onto the pitch.
Pre The City players are going through their warm-up - no sign of the Reds yet bar Pepe Reina and Brad Jones.
Pre City fan Oliver McPherson has defensive concerns: 'I think any team would miss Kompany and Toure and so I'm more concerned about the back four than the midfield. Barry and Milner will hold their own with anyone, but Mancini doesn't seem to be convinced with Lescott or the idea of two left-footed centre-backs.'
Pre Subs: Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Allen, Shelvey, Sterling, Borini.
Pre Confirmed LFC team: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Sturridge.
Pre Roberto Mancini was asked about Suarez in his pre-match press conference: 'I like him because he works and he's strong. For me, he's one of the best.'
Pre Luis Suarez made his Liverpool debut two years ago yesterday and scored against Stoke at Anfield. Since signing from Ajax he has scored 43 goals in 84 games.
Pre Pepe Reina has seven.
Pre All this means Joe Hart is leading the race for this season's Golden Glove. He has kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League.
Pre They have not conceded a goal in 555 minutes since Russell Martin scored for Norwich on December 29.
Pre City have not let a goal in so far in 2013...
Pre Edin Dzeko has scored four goals in his last six starts. He is City's leading scorer with 11 in all competitions and 10 in the league. Carlos Tevez has found the net once in his last 11 games.
Pre City have lost just one of their last 41 home league games - the only blemish being their 3-2 home defeat by Manchester United last December.
Pre Two of Martin Skrtel's seven league goals have come against City - both at Anfield and both were the first goal of the game in a 2-2 draw.
Pre Home and away the Reds have lost only two of the last 15 clashes - both in Manchester in the last two seasons - and have kept eight clean sheets in the process.
Pre They might be the champions but Liverpool have a decent record against today's opponents...
Pre Earlier this season the sides drew 2-2 at Anfield. Twice Liverpool led through Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez but City hit back through Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez.
Pre Liverpool new boy Daniel Sturridge played 32 games for City in all competitions and scored six goals. He played for City against Liverpool in the 2006 FA Youth Cup final, scoring twice at the Etihad. Liverpool won the final on aggregate, however.
Pre Shelvey: 'The semi-final win shows it can be done and hopefully we'll be able to do it again. I think we should have won in August. We had enough chances to win. Man City are a good team, they are the champions of England, so you have got to remember that. But if we go there and play the way we did at Anfield, then we will get something from the game.'
Pre Jonjo Shelvey believes the Reds can take confidence from both the Anfield draw earlier this season, and our Carling Cup win over Roberto Mancini's men last term.
Pre Welcome to the Etihad, where Liverpool will be taking on the champions at 4pm. You'll be able to follow the game with live updates and in-play Opta stats on this page.