ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER — Manchester City host Liverpool in the Premier League’s first game back after the international break, providing the latest instalment in a rivalry that has defined an era in England’s top flight.
You have to go back to 2016/17 when Antonio Conte’s Chelsea finished top of the pile for the last time one of these two didn’t lift the title, with City winning each of the past three and only Liverpool’s romping run to glory in 2019/20 punctuating their recent dominance.
However, two of those successes went down to the final day of the season as City prevailed by a solitary point in 2018/19 and 2021/22. That is the same margin that separates Pep Guardiola’s leaders from Jurgen Klopp’s side — second and above Arsenal on goal difference — right now.
Erling Haaland overcame a fitness niggle to lead the City attack, although Jack Grealish missed out through illness. For Liverpool, Curtis Jones made his first Premier League start since being sent off at Tottenham at the end of September.
The Sporting News is following the Manchester City vs. Liverpool match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Man City vs. Liverpool live score
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. local (7:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 a.m. PT)
Location: Etihad Stadium (Manchester, UK)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Man City (4-2-3-1, right to left): Ederson (GK) — Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake — Rodri, Silva — Foden, Alvarez, Doku — Haaland.
Liverpool (4-3-3, right to left): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Tsimikas — Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Jones — Salah, Nunez, Diogo Jota.
Man City vs. Liverpool live updates, highlights, commentary
Man City vs. Liverpool: First half commentary
14th minute: Haaland barrels Szoboszlai out of the way, Doku’s teases a dangerous cross to the far post where Tsimikas clears.
13th minute: Alvarez punts a through ball for Haaland. It’s just behind the striker and he can’t sort his long leavers out.
11th minute: I was just about to stay how defensively assured Liverpool looked. Then Alisson made an absolute fiasco of a clearance. Foden’s excellent touch gave him a shooting opportunity – one he should have made far more of.
5th minute: Intense and scrappy so far. Nunez gives the ball away on halfway but bustles back to retrieve the situation.
1st minute: And we’re off. Limited feeling out! Salah marauds through the centre of the field and Walker snuffs out the attack. Now here come City. Doku gets his first look at Alexander-Arnold. His low cross is cleared.
Man City vs. Liverpool: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more
5 mins to kickoff: City have just unveiled huge banners of the Premier League trophy, FA Cup and Champions League trophy on the field. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, I guess. Here come the teams.
20 mins to kickoff: It’s going to be interesting to see how Jones gets on today. The midfield three of himself, Mac Allister and Szoboszlai looked to have the making of something really promising before Jones was sent off in that bonkers game at Tottenham. Then injury struck but Klopp putting the three of them back together for a game of this magnitude suggests he definitely liked what he saw earlier in the campaign.
40 mins to kickoff: Doku’s magnificent start to life at Manchester City means the main reaction to any teamsheet with the Belgium international on it is excitement. Alexander-Arnold’s forays into midfield might have to take a back seat to a torrid lunchtime of right-back duties. But Grealish feels like huge miss for City today. He was their best player in this fixture last season, rounding off the scoring in a 4-1 win, which Guardiola’s side lacked their customary control as the England star spend the first hour on the bench at Stamford Bridge last time out.
Had Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes not also been out, perhaps Guardiola would have made more substantial alterations. But it’s a very similar side to the Chelsea game. Are we to expect a very similar spectacle? Buckle up.
58 mins to kickoff: And this is what the Liverpool team will look like. Nunez starts alongside Salah and Diogo Jota in attack. Curtis Jones joins Mac Allister and Szoboszlai in Klopp’s midfield three, the England Under-21 international’s first Premier League appearance since being sent off at Tottenham and then suffering a thigh injury.
How we line up to take on Manchester City 📋🔴#MCILIV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 25, 2023
1 hour to kickoff: Here’s the City team. No Grealish due to illness, Stones on the bench. Haaland, Alvarez and Doku all start, with Nathan Ake replacing Josko Gvardiol in the only change to the defence that shipped four goals at Chelsea.
Today’s City line-up!
XI | Ederson, Walker (C), Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Foden, Doku, Alvarez, Haaland
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 25, 2023
1hr 5 mins to kickoff: Lots of excitable murmurs going around, mostly concerning the Manchester City lineup. John Stones, presumed out, was on the team bus that arrived at the stadium a short while ago but Jack Grealish wasn’t. Jeremy Doku will start, Julian Alvarez wasn’t and then he was. We’ll find out soon enough…
1 hr 20 mins to kickoff: The confirmed team news will be with us in around 20 minutes and this is a game that has been known to bring out Guardiola’s funky side from time to time. All eyes will be on the centre-forward positions. Does Klopp unleash Darwin Nunez after three goals in two matches for Uruguay during the international break? For City, Erling Haaland dropped a non-too-subtle social media hint yesterday evening that he’s going to be fit for this one after suffering knock on Norway duty.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 25, 2023
1 hr 40 mins to kickoff: A little over a decade ago, following their titanic tussles at Barcelona and Real Madrid, world football was all about Pep Guardiola vs. Jose Mourinho. Now, in terms of elite coaching rivalries, this is the only show in town. At his pre-match news conference, Guardiola was asked whether Jurgen Klopp was the toughest rival of his career.
Yes, by far. Because we have faced each other a thousand million times. Absolutely, he made me better, he helped me reflect on a lot of things with the problems they have created for us, it’s part of when you are many years in this business, him and his teams, here and Dortmund have always been big rivals, good games for both, both teams have a positive approach to the games and always attractive.
I’m pretty sure he made me a better manager through his teams, and of course, the way we play for them is good with the transitions, they have a lot of space in behind, they are fantastic with the runs, they are a fantastic team, fantastic legs, a top side, no doubt.
2 hours to kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Manchester City vs. Liverpool from the Etihad Stadium. One point separated these two teams at the top of the table in 2018/19 and 2021/22. One point separates them right now. Are we heading to that place again? The forthcoming 90 minutes should give us a pretty good indication.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 25, 2023
Man City vs. Liverpool lineups, team news
Midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes are out for City after being forced to withdraw from international duty with Croatia and Portugal. Nathan Ake replaces Kovacic’s compatriot Josko Gvardiol at left-back following the 4-4 draw at Chelsea last time out.
Jack Grealish was a late withdrawal due to illness but Erling Haaland is fit to start. John Stones returns on the bench following a hamstring injury.
Man City lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Ederson (GK) — Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake — Rodri, Silva — Foden, Alvarez, Doku — Haaland.
Klopp has not flagged up any new injuries following the international break and Ryan Gravenberch and Ibrahima Konate both return on the bench after missing out in their 3-0 win over Brentford last time out. Joel Matip got the nod over the latter to start at centre-back.
Alexis Mac Allister is also back from suspension and joins Curtis Jones in midfield. This is the England Under-21 international’s first
Liverpool lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Tsimikas — Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Jones — Salah, Nunez, Diogo Jota.
How to watch Man City vs. Liverpool
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