ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Liverpool served up a reminder that they remain a force to be reckoned with as they inflicted a first defeat of the season upon Manchester City.
Unusually patchy across the start of the campaign, the Reds looked back to their old selves as a Mohamed Salah goal decided a pulsating Anfield encounter.
City had earlier seen a Phil Foden strike ruled out for a foul in the build-up and, in truth, could feel hard done by not to get something from a thrilling and often feisty game in which Jurgen Klopp was sent off.
Pep Guardiola’s side now sit four points behind early leaders Arsenal, while Liverpool move up to eighth.
A HUGE GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!
Mohamed Salah with the goal ⚽ pic.twitter.com/8Oab0vebHx
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 16, 2022
Liverpool vs Man City result
LIV: Salah (75th min)
Liverpool vs Man City as it happened
FULLTIME: All over at Anfield and Liverpool take it 1-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s goal.
What. A. Game.
A 𝐇𝐔𝐆𝐄 three points for Liverpool ✅
A massive roar erupts at Anfield at the full-time whistle! 💥 pic.twitter.com/0QzoCXSQWD
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 16, 2022
96th min: Nunez has a chance to finish the game off as he sneaks in behind the City defence but the Uruguayan completely fluffs the finish.
More added time surely coming now as Diogo Jota heads off on a stretcher.
89th min: City going for it now as Alvarez takes the place of Gundogan.
Salah also off for Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool.
85th min: Jurgen Klopp is sent off!
The German can have few complaints having chased the linesman down the touchline berating him after Liverpool were not awarded a foul for a tangle between Silva and Salah.
75th min: GOAL! Salah opens the scoring and Anfield erupts!!!
The Liverpool man rolls Cancelo far too easily as they challenge for a quick Alisson kick out of hands and shows brilliant composure from there to beat Ederson.
72nd min: Liverpool making a triple sub as Nunez, Carvalho and Henderson replace Firmino, Elliott and Fabinho.
64th min: Gundogan strides through the Liverpool midfield and tees up Haaland as Anfield holds its collective breath…
But the Norwegian can’t beat Alisson, who dives down to his right to brilliantly palm the ball away.
56th min: And another big chance, this time for Liverpool.
Salah picks out Jota at the back post with City’s defence stranded but the Portuguese’s header is over the bar.
This is some game.
54th min: A huge moment in the game! City think they have opened the scoring after Foden follows in an Alisson spill and smashes the ball home.
However, a VAR check shows a foul on Fabinho in the build-up and Anfield erupts.
50th min: What a chance for Liverpool!
A Manchester City move breaks down on the edge of the box and within three passes Liverpool are in on goal through Salah.
But the Egyptian can’t beat Ederson, who replays show got the slightest of touches on the finish to push it around the post (though the referee failed to spot that and a goal-kick has been awarded).
46th min: Back under way at Anfield – who can stamp their mark on this game in the second half?
HALFTIME: It’s 0-0 at the break at Anfield but that is one of the highest-quality goalless halves you’ll see.
Neither side has been able to carve out what you’d call a gilt-edged opportunity but they’ve both come close and the game has constantly felt on a knife-edge.
The first goal will surely be huge.
40th min: De Bruyne chips a ball over Gomez to Haaland at the back post but the Norwegian just can’t generate the power on his headed attempt, which Alisson collects.
32nd min: Haaland sneaks in behind and tries to dink a finish over Alisson but the Brazilian is tall enough to grab the ball out of the air.
This game is brilliantly poised.
21st min: Elliott hangs up to the back post where Jota gets a clear header at goal but it’s straight into the grateful arms of Ederson.
Both sides at it so far in what has been an engrossing start.
15th min: The first shot on target of the game goes to the visitors, with Gundogan forcing Alisson into a comfortable save down to his right.
11th min: City now settling into this and it is they who are enjoying the lion’s share of the ball. Liverpool have to defend well to keep this multitude of threats at bay.
4th min: Liverpool enjoying a decent start, pinning City in a bit with a spell of possession and this crowd is loving it.
They’re booing every touch a visiting player gets.
1st min: Erling Haaland starts the game, with Manchester City attacking the Kop end in the first half.
15 mins from kickoff: The warm-ups come to a close and Liverpool are enthusiastically roared back into the dressing rooms.
They’ll need this crowd today.
45 mins from kickoff: Well, some interesting calls from Jurgen Klopp there. Despite Alexander-Arnold making the squad, it looks like James Milner starts at right-back. And it’s a brave shout to throw Harvey Elliott in given his tender years.
As for City, that’s a surprisingly normal-looking teamsheet from Pep Guardiola in a big game. Given the form these two sides have shown as late, there is absolutely no need for the Spaniard to come up with a left-field plan.
1 hour from kickoff: Team news is here!
Liverpool: Alisson, Milner, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott, Firmino, Jota, Salah.
Manchester City: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Akanji, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Foden, Haaland.
1 hour 10 mins from kickoff: One thing Manchester City fans will be keen to see today: a fast start.
Liverpool have conceded the opening goal in 17 of their last 21 games, and an early one for the visitors today could really take the sting out of the atmosphere.
1 hour 40 mins from kickoff: A major fitness concern for Liverpool fans to consider as we close in on the team news announcements.
Ibrahima Konate is an injury worry after picking up a muscle problem in training this week but, with Joe Gomez needed at right-back and Joel Matip out, can Jurgen Klopp afford not to take the risk?
2 hours from kickoff: The financial conversation has been the dominant one leading into Liverpool-Man City on Sunday. It’s probably an indicator of where how many expect this match to go.
“Nobody can compete with City. We cannot act like them, it’s not possible.”
“Newcastle have said ‘there’s no ceiling for this club’, and he’s absolutely right. Congratulations. Some other clubs have ceilings.”
🗣 Jurgen Klopp pic.twitter.com/5ieS3MANQO
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) October 14, 2022
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💰 Man City net spend since 2016 – £𝟒𝟖𝟏𝐦 pic.twitter.com/1fiDuUZh3x
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 15, 2022
Liverpool vs Man City lineups
With Joel Matip (calf) and Ibrahima Konate (muscle) absent, Jurgen Klopp returns Joe Gomez to centre-back as he goes with James Milner at right-back despite Trent Alexander-Arnold making a surprise return to the bench.
Andy Robertson is back after a return in midweek, while Harvey Elliott retains his starting spot having impressed at Rangers.
Liverpool lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Alisson (GK) — Milner, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson — Fabinho, Thiago — Elliott, Firmino, Jota — Salah
Liverpool subs (9): Kelleher (GK), Henderson, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Alexander-Arnold, Jones, Phillips, Carvalho, Nunez,
Man City are missing defender John Stones (hamstring), along with Kalvin Phillips (shoulder surgery) and Kyle Walker (groin surgery). Manuel Akanji has done well to help fill the gap that the absence of Stones and Walker has created, earning a start here.
Ilkay Gundogan keeps his place in midfield despite also starting in midweek, while the prolific Erling Haaland leads the line at Anfield as you would expect.
Man City predicted lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Ederson (GK) — Cancelo, Dias, Akanji, Ake — De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan — Silva, Haaland, Foden.
Man City predicted subs (9): Ortega (GK), Grealish, Laporte, Mahrez, Lewis, Gomez, Palmer, Wilson-Esbrand, Alvarez
Liverpool vs Man City TV channel, live stream
|TV channel||Sky Sports Premier League,
Sky Sports Main Event
|USA Network, Telemundo||
|Streaming||Sky GO||fuboTV||fuboTV Canada||Optus Sport|
UK: The match will be televised and streamed by Sky Sports in the UK.
USA: Fans in the USA can watch Liverpool-Man City on USA Network (English) and Telemundo (Spanish), with both channels streaming on fuboTV.
Canada: The match can be streamed live in Canada on fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream the match live and on demand on Optus Sport.