Halftime, 2-0 Liverpool: The first half has come to an end, and the Anfield crowd roars Liverpool into the dressing room.
45th minute, 2-0 Liverpool: Johnson makes a crucial clearance off of the goal line.
Seconds later, Mignolet makes a great diving save, denying Fernandinho a certain goal.
Fernandinho then is booked for a cheap fould on Suarez.
44th minute, 2-0 Liverpool: Manchester City has improved slightly as the first half nears its conclusion.
The visitors’ passing has grown sharper and their tackling has become tougher.
Silva could have reduced the deficit but his flashing header went wide.
34th minute, 2-0 Liverpool: Liverpool has threatened to overrun Manchester City in the first half.
The Reds have largely controlled play, passing with both precision and intent.
When Manchester City attacks, the Reds defend effectively with numbers before breaking forward after they recover possession.
33rd minute, 2-0 Liverpool: Manchester City has a penalty appeal after Sakho’s uncontrolled challenge in the area.
The French defender lunged into a tackle, missing the ball. Dzeko did his best to jump out of Sakho’s path, limiting the contact. The referee said “no penalty.”
27th minute, 2-0 Liverpool: Skrtel doubles Liverpool’s fun by thundering home a header off of Gerrard’s corner kick.
It’s the Slovakian’s seventh league goal this season.
26th minute, 1-0 Liverpool: Hart denies Gerrard with a fantastic save.
Coutinho’s corner kick found Gerrard, who was unmarked. The LFC captain headed powerfully on goal, but Hart parried it over the crossbar.
25th minute, 1-0 Liverpool: Manchester City is putting Liverpool under pressure, but the Reds remain dangerous on the counter-attack.
24th minute, 1-0 Liverpool: Suarez leads the Premier League in both goals (29) and assists.
21st minute, 1-0 Liverpool: Garcia fouls Henderson with a tackle from behind and finds his way into the referee’s book.
18th minute, 1-0 Liverpool: Toure’s game is finished.
The Manchester City midfielder — perhaps his team’s most important player this season — limps off the field with Garcia replacing him.
The switch puts the onus on Fernandinho to push forward, link the defense with Silva, the wide players and strikers and dictate the tempo overall. These are things Toure usually does, but Fernandinho must fill his vast shoes.
15th minute, 1-0 Liverpool: Sturridge has a great opportunity to double Liverpool’s lead but shoots wide.
Sterling set Sturridge up with a cross from the right, but the LFC striker couldn’t hit the target with his side-footed shot.
Meanwhile, Toure looks to have injured himself taking a wayward shot two minutes ago. The Ivorian is limping.
11th minute, 1-0 Liverpool: Liverpool is off to another fast start.
Suarez sent Sterling into the area with a through ball. Sterling controlled it, shimmied left and wrong-footed both Kompany and Hart before firing home from eight yards out.
It’s Sterling’s seventh league goal of the season.
Fifth minute, 0-0: Liverpool has controlled play early on, controlling possession and maintaining a territorial advantage.
Suarez is cautioned for fouling Demichelis. Suarez slid in and caught the Argentine defender with his trailing leg as he attempted a clearance.
First minute, 0-0: The game is underway. Liverpool is attacking the Kop end.
Pregame: Liverpool goes with the same starting 11 that it used against West Ham last weekend.
Sakho retains his place in defense, while Agger starts on the bench.
It’s a big occasion for Liverpool’s Flanagan. The LFC academy graduate made his debut on April 11, 2011 against Manchester City — just over two years ago.
Liverpool has had great success when it starts games fast. The Reds have won 21 of 25 games this season when they score first.
Suarez and Sturridge have been racking up the goals and dominating headlines, but Sterling and Coutinho will be equally important to Liverpool’s attack against Manchester City. Liverpool will need their guile and energy to threaten Manchester City on the counterattack.
Meanwhile, Kompany has shaken off the knock he took in practice. He starts in the heart of the Manchester City defense, looking to contain Suarez, Sturridge and Co.
Aguero is on the bench, as manager Manuel Pellegrini selects Dzeko as the lone forward. Silva will most likely roam underneath Dzeko, while Nasri and Navas provide the width.
8:07 a.m.: Here are the lineups:
Simon Mignolet (15), goalkeeper
Jon Flanagan (38), left back
Mamadou Sakho (17), center back
Martin Skrtel (37), center back
Glen Johnson (2), right back
Steven Gerrard (8), midfielder
Philippe Coutinho (10), midfielder
Jordan Henderson (14), midfielder
Raheem Sterling (31), forward
Daniel Sturridge (15), forward
Luis Suarez (7), forward
Brad Jones (1), goalkeeper
Kolo Toure (4), defender
Daniel Agger (5), defender
Lucas Leiva (21), midfielder
Joe Allen (24), midfielder
Victor Moses (12), forward
Iago Aspas (9), striker
Joe Hart (1), goalkeeper
Gael Clichy (22), left back
Vincent Kompany (4), center back
Martin Demichelis (26), center back
Pablo Zabaleta (5), right back
Fernandinho (25), midfielder
Yaya Toure (42), midfielder
Samir Nasri (8), midfielder
David Silva (21), midfielder
Jesus Navas (15), midfielder
Edin Dzeko (10), striker
Costel Pantilimon (30), goalkeeper
Joleon Lescott (6), defender
Aleksandar Kolarov (13), defender
Javi Garcia (14), midfielder
James Milner (7), midfielder
Sergio Aguero (16), forward
Alvaro Negredo (9), striker
7:30 a.m. ET: The eyes of the soccer world turn to Anfield on Sunday, as Liverpool hosts Manchester City in a game that will go a long way toward deciding the winner of the 2013-14 Premier League title.
The game is billed as Liverpool’s biggest in 24 years, as the host looks to claim its first league championship since 1990.
Brendan Rodgers’ Reds haven’t lost a league game since late December and have surged to the top of the league standings thanks to a nine-game winning streak. They look to make it 10 in a row Sunday, which would be their longest streak since the 2005-06 season.
However, Manchester City will test Liverpool’s title credentials like few other teams can. Manchester City occupies third place in the league and trails Liverpool by four points in the standings. It is enjoying a seven-game unbeaten run, dating back a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea on Feb. 3.
Manchester City can reduce the gap between it and Liverpool to just one point with a victory on Sunday, but may attempt to do so without captain Vincent Kompany. The Belgian center back limped out of practice on Friday. However, star striker Sergio Aguero is healthy again. Injuries have decimated the second half of the Argentine’s season, keeping him out of action all together since March 12.
No major news came out of Liverpool’s camp ahead of the game, and Rogers wouldn’t have it any other way. The Liverpool manager has relied on a set rotation during the Reds’ run. The only question is whether fit-again Daniel Agger will start in the center of defense alongside Martin Skrtel.
Sunday’s game kicks off at 8:37 a.m. Join us right here for all the action from Anfield.