Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City: Premier League – live reaction | Premier League

Key events

Bernardo Silva’s reaction

[On the disallowed goal] What we expect from the judges is consistency. When you decide not to whistle for small contacts throughout the game, continue that way. If you want to whistle them all, whistle them all. Throughout the game he let things go – which is good – so if there’s a goal you can’t whistle for a soft foul. You have to make the hard decision and stick to the goal, in my opinion.

Roy Keane’s verdict on the disallowed goal

It’s a physical game. Fabinho goes around kicking everyone anyway.

David Hytner’s match report

Reaction after the match

Mo Salah

“City are always difficult to play against because they dominate the game, they keep the ball as long as they can. The most important thing is three points – it’s only one game and we have to keep going. But hopefully it will give us more confidence. I don’t worry if I miss chances, I worry more if I don’t get them. When I missed the first chance, I was calm because I knew there would be another one.”

Virgil van Dijk

“It was always going to be very intense. We did very well defensively and it’s important to get the clean sheet. [The atmosphere] started with the hard work we put in on the field. This is the minimum expected from this beautiful football club. We showed that, and then the crowd gave us the energy to hold on to our 1-0 lead. They played a big role.”

“What a game,” says Matt Dony. “Both teams played so well. And Milner? I apologize for doubting him. I had thought this year was a season too long and I even feared Neville v West Brom for him today. But he was outstanding . Jump in!”

Despite all that, City will feel they have been robbed. Phil Foden’s goal was disallowed for a soft foul by Erling Haaland on Fabinho and Pep Guardiola made it very clear he thought it was another Anfieldish decision. You can argue that either way, and that’s exactly what Twitter’s best are doing right now.

A word for James Milner. A year ago he had a stinker at right back against City; today he had a stormer. Joe Gomez was equally good – Gary Neville gave him the player of the match award on Sky – and Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson were back to their best.

It is City’s first league defeat since February, and their first on the road since opening day last season. They are still 10 points ahead Liverpoolwho have a game in hand but are now four behind leaders Arsenal.

It was just a great football game. It had almost everything: aggro, skill, guts, a wonderful save, controversy, near misses, comedic petulance, fascinating tactics, a glorious winning goal from Mo Salah – and most importantly, the kind of relentless intensity you only get when two truly great teams are involved in a long-standing rivalry.

Full time: Liverpool 1-0 Man City

That is it! Liverpool have won a minor classic at Anfield.

90+9 min Kostas Tsimikas replaces Jota.

90+9 min It looks like he pulled his hamstring. That Liverpool The damage is mounting, although it is a problem for tomorrow.

90+8 min I thought Jota had a cramp, but it could be more serious. He is still lying on his back and they have called for a stretcher.

90+7 min Jota is down with a cramp, so there will be even more time.

90+6 min Nunez misses one-on-one – I thought he was offside but the flag didn’t go up – and City play on with a Liverpool plays down. De Bruyne’s is missed by Haaland and headed into the air by Gomez. claims Alisson. It looked like a chance for Haaland.

Darwin Nunez fails to hit the target.
Darwin Nunez fails to hit the target. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

90+5 min A bad ball from Ake goes behind for a goal kick. Liverpool is 90 seconds from a famous victory.

90+4 min Foot flashes a wicked ball across the six-yard box. It was crying out for someone to take it on.

90+2 min Nunez roasts Akanji to the left and moves into the area. This time he gets his head up and fires a low cross towards Alexander-Arnold beyond the far post. It is a little too heavy, and Alexander-Arnold can only put it wide on the stretch.

90+2 min Alexander-Arnold plays in right midfield, with Milner still at right back.

90+1 min Jota is booked for a foul on Cancelo. There will be six minutes of added time.

90 min Liverpool sign Trent Alexander-Arnold for the excellent Mo Salah.

90 min City sign Julian Alvarez for Ilkay Gundogan.

89 min De Bruyne’s cross is cut out at the near post by van Dijk, who has quietly had an excellent game.

88 min “After Nunez missed his strike, the cameras caught Klopp shouting ‘go on, go on’,” says Mary Waltz. “No parking the bus for Klopp. It’s just exciting football, am I right?”

it is wonderful.

87 min: What a chance for Liverpool! Another mistake from Cancelo leaves Liverpool with a three-on-one attack, Nunez on the ball 20 yards from goal. He has Salah with him acres to his right but he goes alone and his shot is blocked. It was terrible play from Nunez.

86 min Klopp was angry, rightly so I think, that Bernardo Silva was not punished for a foul on Salah. He was right in the ear of the assistant referee and the referee sent him off.

Juergen Klopp protests to the assistant referee
Juergen Klopp gets a little too close to assistant referee. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Jurgen Klopp is sent off!

Now Bernardo Silva has put his hands on Salah and van Dijk. This is going to be very lively.

84 min Thiago is booked for a bad tackle on Rodri. He basically drove Rodri over, although in his defense he slipped when he had to tackle. His apology to Rodri looks sincere.

84 min Gundogan takes a short corner, gets it back and drives in a cross that is comfortably saved by Alisson.

84 min Here is the brilliant goal from Mo Salah.

83 min In the last ten minutes, which includes the Salah goal, City have had 91 per cent of the possession.

82 min: Great defense from van Dijk! Rodri darts a wonderful pass over the top to find Cancelo in the area. He smothers a volley back across towards Haaland, six yards out, but van Dijk heads in front over his own crossbar.

81 min “A Salah goal has been in the air,” says Colum Fordham. “He has been galvanized by the Hurricanes’ hat-trick against Rangers and looks like the Mo we know. He has been sharp and incisive throughout the game, including that wonderful cross to Jota with the outside of his left foot.”

He has also shown that you don’t have to tackle or kick people to be a leader.

80 min The atmosphere at Anfield is incredible. I’d bet it’s pretty good at Highbury Barn too: As things stand, Arsenal are four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

79 min Akanji is booked to take out Nunez. City are in danger of losing their heads.

78 min Nunez rampages to within 25 yards of goal and curls a couple of yards wide of the right post.

Alisson scored a free kick from City and started the ball straight down the field, where Salah was one on one with Cancelo, 45 yards from goal. For some reason, Cancelo dived in and Salah rolled him brilliantly before slotting home. He got to the edge of the area, opened his body and curled the ball over Ederson’s right shoulder. It’s a brilliant, nerveless finish and the swing past Cancelo was a little bit brilliant. Defending from Cancelo was also terrible.

Mo Salah celebrates his goal.
Mo Salah finally got over Ederson. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Man City (Salah 76)

The magnificent Mo Salah has given Liverpool the lead – with an assist from Alisson!

Mo Salah beats Ederson to give the Reds the lead.
Mo Salah beats Ederson to give the Reds the lead. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

73 min The cross of the foot is too high for Haaland. Liverpool make a triple change: Jordan Henderson, Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho replace Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and the superb Harvey Elliott.

Salah’s number went up on the board, but it must have been a mistake.

69 min Firmino plays a simple pass to Salah in the inside-right channel. He is one on one with Dias, exactly where he wants the defender. Salah moves into the area, cuts inside and fires a shot a few yards from the far post.

69 min Salah, who has been fantastic, leads another Liverpool break and finds Jota on the left side of the field – but he loses his balance and runs past the ball. It was a chance.

The city counts the counter. Gundogan’s shot is blocked by van Dijk and then Bernardo drives wide from 20 yards.

68 min Gundogan’s corner is headed by Dias. It wasn’t much of a chance.

67 min City are really dominating possession now. According to a graphic on Sky Sports, Liverpool has made just 37 successful passes since the break. But they have also had two great chances in that time.

66 min Guardiola apparently shouted: “This is Anfield when he lost his edge after Foden’s disallowed goal.” Magnificent stuff.

64 min: Good save from Alisson! Haaland combines nicely with Gundogan and then digs in a left-footed shot from around 17 yards. Alisson goes smartly down the right to keep it out. Haaland didn’t connect as well as he would have liked.

63 min Fabinho is booked for a foul on Gundogan.

62 min “VAR will be introduced in Scotland on Friday, Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “Can not wait.”

It will work well in Old Firm derbies.

61 min Jota’s cross is missed by Dias but Elliott can’t control an awkward ball at the far post. Finally he gets a shot away which is deflected behind for a corner.

60 min Here’s the amazing save from Ederson that feels like an age ago.

59 min The corner leads to a game of head tennis until Rodri has a snap blocked by… Haaland.

58 min Gundogan whistles a half-volley from the edge of the area that hits Milner and goes behind for a corner. This is wonderful!

58 min The gloves are well and truly off now. The foot crosses over the far post to De Bruyne, who puts it away effortlessly and tries to pick out Haaland in the middle. Fabinho intercepts.

56 min: Jota misses a great chance! It’s pulsating stuff. Liverpool almost score again at the break. Salah curls a wonderful cross towards the unmarked Jota beyond the far post, but he heads wide on the stretch. He’s usually so good in the air and it was a great opportunity.

Jota wastes a chance to give Liverpool the lead.
Jota wastes a chance to give Liverpool the lead. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

NO TARGET! Liverpool 0-0 Man City

Pep Guardiola smiles sarcastically and waves his hands in disgust. I think it was probably a mistake – he grabbed Fabinho’s shirt and pulled him over – but whether it was a clear and obvious mistake is another matter. You can argue both ways.

VAR check Pep Guardiola screams at Anthony Taylor as he walks towards the screen. Taylor actually checks an earlier potential foul by Haaland who pulled Fabinho’s shirt.

Erling Haaland with a handful of Fabinho's shirt.
Erling Haaland with a handful of Fabinho’s shirt. Photo: Sky Sports

De Bruyne played a pass to Haaland. Alisson dived at his feet to save as the ball rolled loose to Foden. He slammed it into the net via Gomez.

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