June 14, 2024
Premier League: Trent Alexander-Arnold cancelled out Erling Haaland’s 50th Premier League goal as Liverpool grabbed a point against champions and title rivals Manchester City. David Hytner reports from the Etihad Stadium …

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Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeep! It’s all over at the Etihad, where the points have been shared. City stay top of the table, with Liverpool just a point behind them in second.

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It’s all square at the Etihad. Trent Alexander-Arnold sends a low diagonal drive into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.

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It’s as you were. Alisson flapped at an inswinging corner under pressure from Manuel Akanji and Ruben Dias was on hand to tap home at the far post. The goal doesn’t stand as Akanji is adjudged to have fouled Alisson.

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City double their lead from the set-piece but there’s a VAR check for a foul on Alisson. The goal is disallowed.

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46 min: Liverpool get the second half under way and will feel reasonably confident that they can turn things around. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

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Peep! Chris Kavanagh blows his whistle to bring an absorbing half to a close with Manchester City leading courtesy of Erling Haaland’s 50th Premier League goal. A poor kick-out from Alisson gifted possession to City and after excellent work from Nathan Ake, the combined forces of Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip were unable to prevent Erling Haaland scoring his latest landmark goal after just 48 league appearances for his club.

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City lead! Erling Haaland fires City in front, capitalising on another error from Alisson.

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1 min: Bernardo Silva gets the ball rolling, with both teams wearing their customary home kits.

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Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodri, Bernardo, Doku, Foden, Alvarez, Haaland

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Subs: Kelleher, Gomez, Endo, Konate, Diaz, Gakpo, Elliott, Gravenberch, Quansah

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Liverpool have injury concerns of their own, with Thiago Alcantara, Andy Robertson and Stefan Bajcetic all sidelined, while Ryan Gravenberch, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones are all due to have assorted knocks and niggles assessed ahead of kick-off.

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With the latest international break receding in the rear-view mirror, the Premier League resumes with what could be the mother of all ding-dongs at the Etihad Stadium. In the corresponding fixture last April, Liverpool’s midfield and defensive shortcomings were horribly exposed, prompting something of a summer rebuild by Jurgen Klopp. In second place in the table, his team look much improved in the current campaign but face a serious test of their new found mettle this afternoon.

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Manchester City, the reigning champions, go into this game on the back of that chaotic 4-4 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while their visitors beat Brentford at Anfield in a game that was a tougher assignment for Liverpool than the 3-0 scoreline suggests.

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A City win willl send Pep Guardiola’s side four points clear at the summit of the league table, while a first Premier League victory at the Etihad in eight years for Liverpool will see them leapfrog their rivals and go two points clear at the top. Kick-off in Manchester is at 12.30pm (GMT) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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Key occasions

Pep Guardiola: “That was a superb efficiency,” says Metropolis’s supervisor in an interview with the BBC. “I’m actually proud that after eight years we’re nonetheless enjoying that manner. We have been actually good in all departments and wanted to be towards an unimaginable staff.

“Possibly we missed the final cross a bit bit however they defended rather well. To concede simply two photographs heading in the right direction towards Liverpool is a giant praise for the way in which we work.”

Match report: Manchester Metropolis 1-1 Liverpool

Premier League: Trent Alexander-Arnold cancelled out Erling Haaland’s fiftieth Premier League purpose as Liverpool grabbed some extent towards champions and title rivals Manchester Metropolis. David Hytner stories from the Etihad Stadium …

Jurgen Klopp: “It’s a extremely good second,” says Liverpool’s supervisor in an interview with Sky Sports activities. “It’s a troublesome place to come back – it’s no coincidence that they win that many dwelling video games. You’d want extra time to organize for the sport correctly, particularly in these form of circumstances.

“We’re nonetheless in a course of. If we’d performed rather well immediately, we might have received – we didn’t. We performed OK. We precipitated them issues as properly, however our good moments didn’t really feel that good to us [in the first half]. We needed to stretch ourselves once more [in the second half]. We tailored our positioning barely. Sadly we misplaced Diogo [Jota], with Ali we’ll should see.

“I instructed the boys at half-time, think about what it might be like if we have been enjoying properly. We needed to settle a bit bit. Placing Trent in a unique place defensively, plus Dom [Szoboszlai] and Mo [Salah] closing that hole within the second half gave us rather more stability. From there we might play soccer ourselves.

“We had good moments. I want we might have had extra. For the second we’re in, we should always take the purpose as successful. I’ve nothing to complain about there. Trent made a distinction immediately. Earlier than we begin speaking about positioning, I believe it helps us having him on the fitting wing on occasion.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold: “It’s positively a outcome that’s higher than what we bought right here final 12 months,” says Liverpool’s goalscorer in an interview with Sky Sports activities. “We havern’t had too many good outcomes right here basically, to be sincere. It’s a factors sport and we’ll take the purpose as a result of it wasn’t a tremendous efficiency from us in any respect. We take the purpose and there was positives. We had probabilities to win the sport.

“I don’t suppose we performed notably properly, first half particularly. TYheir formation and the way in which they arrange actually challenged us. They’ve a variety of our bodies in there and it’s troublesome to play afgainst them. We regrouped at half-time and got here out with a bit extra of a sport plan to press them. It’s all the time troublesome as a result of subconsciously whenever you play towards Manchester Metropolis you’ve bought a variety of respect for them and the way in which they play.

“You suppose you possibly can’t actually get tight to their gamers and also you stand off them a bit bit. That gave the impression to be the issue within the first half. Within the second half we put that respect to the aspect to attempt to get a outcome and that’s what we did.”

A fast recap: Maybe it’s right down to the early kick-off time or the worldwide break, however this was a really odd, often entertaining sport that neither staff appeared vastly fussed about profitable. There was valuable little urgency from both aspect, even after Manchester Metropolis went forward by way of Erling Haaland. Liverpool conjured up a advantageous equaliser by way of Trent Alexander-Arnold and have been in a position to withstand some late stress from their hosts in added time.

Liverpool will probably be happy with the draw however appear like they is perhaps with out their first selection goalkeeper for a couple of weeks, as Alisson pulled up within the dying seconds with what seemed like a case of hammy-twang. Sunderland’s historic document of 24 consecutive dwelling wins stays intact, as Metropolis have did not win immediately after 23 victories on the bounce on the Etihad.

Full time: Manchester Metropolis 1-1 Liverpool

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeep! It’s throughout on the Etihad, the place the factors have been shared. Metropolis keep high of the desk, with Liverpool only a level behind them in second.

90+8 min: Oof! Haaland will get his head to an Alvarez nook however sends his glancing nook narrowly huge of the far submit.

90+7 min: Alisson goes down holding his hamstring however must see the sport out as a result of Liverpool have used all their substitutes.

90+6 min: Phil Foden sends a cross huge to offer Liverpool a bit respiratory area after a sustained interval of stress from the house aspect.

90+5 min: Bernardo Silva has a thunderous shot from the sting of the Liverpool penalty space blocked by Joel Matip as Metropolis seek for a late winner.

90+4 min: Haaland will get on the ball down close to the nook flag however his tried cross is blocked and the ball goes out for a throw-in.

90+2 min: A barely bizarre sport threatens to peter out with the gamers on the pitch and the followers within the stands all seeming pretty torpid. There’s one other six minutes of added time resulting from be performed, so any person from both aspect would possibly be capable to conjure up a winner.

90 min: That is one in all two banners being flown over the Etihad immediately. The opposite was organised by Everton followers criticising the Premier League on the again of their membership’s factors deduction.

88 min: Akanji goes down holding his head after an airborne tussle and the ref stops play. Metropolis’s gamers complain as a result of a promising assault is stopped and Bernardo Silva’s identify goes into the e book for dissent.

86 min: Joel Matip is booked for a foul on Doku because the Metropolis winger tried to jink his manner into the Liverpool penalty space from the left. From the following free-kick, Metropolis win themselves a nook. Alisson does properly to assemble the inswinger and is bundled over the road with the ball in his fingers by Akanji. Free-kick for Liverpool.

85 min: Liverpool double-substitution: Endo and Harvey Elliott on for Alexis Mac Allister and Darwin Nunez. Liverpool have used all 5 obtainable substitutes whereas Metropolis haven’t used any of theirs.

83 min: Metropolis win a free-kick in a promising place however Julian Alvarez fires his effort into the defensive wall.

81 min: There’s been a conspicuous lack of urgency from either side on this second half and Metropolis is perhaps compelled to pay a heavy value for theirs. Their failure to place Liverpool to the sword has allowed Liverpool again into the sport courtesy of Alexander-Arnold’s strike. The Liverpool full-back was teed up by Mo Salah, with no Manchester Metropolis defenders anyplace close to him.

Alexander-Arnold celebrates his goal
Alexander-Arnold runs to the Liverpool followers, who’re rightly going bonkers. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

GOAL! Manchester Metropolis 1-1 Liverpool (Alexander-Arnold 80)

It’s all sq. on the Etihad. Trent Alexander-Arnold sends a low diagonal drive into the underside nook from simply outdoors the penalty space.

Trent Alexander-Arnold scores
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s shot finds its manner by way of! {Photograph}: Jason Cairnduff/Motion Photos/Reuters

79 min: Liverpool break upfield with Mo Salah feeding the ball out huge to Tsimikas on the within left. He cuts inside however his cxross is a poor one. Ruben Dias cuts it out with a header.

77 min: Phil Foden will get caught within the face by the trailing arm of Luis Diaz as the 2 gamers contest the ball. It’s a free-kick for the house aspect, simply inside their very own half. Kyle Walker sends the ball lengthy and Liverpool clear.

75 min: Monitoring again in a bid to place a cease to Phil Foden’s gallop, Darwin Nunez will get the primary reserving of the sport for fouling his rival. Free-kick for Metropolis, huge on the fitting. Haaland makes a close to submit run to get in entrance of Mac Allister however heads Julian Alvarez’s supply over the bar.

72 min: Liverpool substitution: Cody Gakpo on for Dominik Szoboszlai.

71 min: Alisson isn’t having one in all his higher video games in a Liverpool shirt and might take into account himself a mite lucky that Dias’s purpose was dominated out. Akanji wasn’t precisely clambering throughout him and the Liverpool goalkeeper made a complete pig’s ear of his effort to take care of the cross.

Manchester Metropolis 1-0 Liverpool

It’s as you have been. Alisson flapped at an inswinging nook beneath stress from Manuel Akanji and Ruben Dias was available to faucet dwelling on the far submit. The purpose doesn’t stand as Akanji is adjudged to have fouled Alisson.

GOAL! Manchester Metropolis 2-0 Liverpool (Dias 67)

Metropolis double their lead from the set-piece however there’s a VAR examine for a foul on Alisson. The purpose is disallowed.

67 min: Doku is launched into area once more and will get the higher of Joel Matip. His closing ball into the penalty space is discovered wanting once more and Liverpool hack clear for a nook.

67 min: A Rodri piledriver from outdoors the penalty space strikes Ryan Gravenberch on the bottom and Metropolis’s gamers enchantment en masse for handball and a penalty. They’re compelled to make do with a nook, from which nothing comes.

63 min: Jeremy Doku will get on the ball once more after Nathan Ake intercepts a Ryan Gravenberch cross in direction of Diaz. He performs the ball huge to Alvarez however fails to make the run to the far submit to satisfy the following cross. Aim kick for Liverpool.

61 min: Ruben Dias comes perilously near poking a Szoboszlai cross from the fitting previous his personal goalkeeper and into the again of the online whereas making an attempt to forestall the supply reaching Luis Diaz. He will get away with conceding a nook as an alternative and Metropolis clear their strains.

59 min: Within the Metropolis penalty space, Nathan Ake slides in to take the ball off Darwin Nunez’s toe. The ball goes out off the Liverpool participant however his aspect are incorrectly awarded a nook. Nothing comes of it and a possible controversy is mercifully prevented.

57 min: Metropolis assault on the break once more as Foden sends Doku on his manner from a Liverpool nook. The winger’s first contact is a poor one and a back-pedalling Alexis Mac Allister is available to snuff out the hazard.

Phil Foden on the move.
Phil Foden on the transfer. {Photograph}: The Guardian

56 min: Metropolis get the ball launched into the Liverpool penalty space and a poor headed clearance from Trent Alexander-Arnold units up a half-chance for Haaland. His shot on the flip from 18 yards sails over the bar.

55 min: Jurgen Klopp rings the adjustments as Luis Diaz and Ryan Gravenberch come on for Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota.

52 min: In acres of area on the left, Doku receives a crossfield cross from Alvarez and offers Alexis Mac Allister the slip. He checks his run and tees up the Argentinian on the sting of the penalty space. Alvarez shoots excessive over the bar.

52 min: Liverpool are dominating the early levels of this second half and win themselves a nook. Kostas Tsimikas sends the ball into the penalty space, the place Ederson plucks it from the air and tries to ship Phil Foden upfield on a counter-attack.

50 min: Mo Salah cuts in from the fitting in direction of the byline, getting the higher of Nathan Ake. Akanji is fast to recover from and provides his teammate a dig-out, shepherding the ball out of play as he will get between it and the Egyptian.

49 min: On the touchline, Jurgen Klopp is ranting and raving at his gamers, urging them ahead and instructing them to play with a bit extra urgency.

Jurgen Klopp screams from the touchline
Jurgen’s not completely satisfied. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

48 min: Manuel Akanji is compelled to hoof the ball out of play for a throw-in after good work down the fitting by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

47 min: It’s an especially low key begin to the second half in a floor the place the ambiance appears curiously muted contemplating Metropolis are on high. We are able to in all probability put that right down to the early kick-off.

46 min: Metropolis are in search of their twenty fourth consecutive dwelling win and can equal a document held for properly over a century by Sunderland in the event that they take all three factors immediately.

Second half: Manchester Metropolis 1-0 Liverpool

46 min: Liverpool get the second half beneath manner and can really feel moderately assured that they’ll flip issues round. There are not any adjustments in personnel on both aspect.

Erling Haaland: The Norwegian required simply 48 video games to attain his fiftieth Premier League purpose. Andy Cole, subsequent on the checklist of quickest half-centuries, took 65 video games. In mitigation, Cole will little doubt level out that he didn’t take penalties.

Half-time: Manchester Metropolis 1-0 Liverpool

Peep! Chris Kavanagh blows his whistle to convey an absorbing half to an in depth with Manchester Metropolis main courtesy of Erling Haaland’s fiftieth Premier League purpose. A poor kick-out from Alisson gifted possession to Metropolis and after wonderful work from Nathan Ake, the mixed forces of Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip have been unable to forestall Erling Haaland scoring his newest landmark purpose after simply 48 league appearances for his membership.

45+1 min: With a low Szoboszlai shot heading huge, Ederson inexplicably tries to “save” the ball and palms it right into a hazard space simply outdoors his personal six-yard field. Kyle Walker scrambles it cleasr earlier than anybody in a pink shirt can react. It’s half-time.

43 min: Phil Foden brings a wise save out of Alisson who dives to his left to palm the ball across the upright after the Metropolis winger had minimize inside from the fitting and unleashed a low, fizzing drive. It was heading for the underside nook.

41 min: A rogue cross from Kyle Walker drops on the ft of Alexis Mac Allister. He performs it ahead to Szoboszlai, whose shot is blocked. Manchester Metropolis advance upfield on the break with Doku on the ball and Haaland and Alvarez both aspect of him. He performs the ball left to Alvarez, who tries to select Haaland on the far submit. His cross sails huge and an excellent alternative for Metropolis to double their lead goes to waste.

39 min: Trying again on the purpose, it appears Van Dijk and Matip might have executed extra to cease Haaland as he ran on to Nathan Ake’s cross. Every appeared to go away him for the opposite to cease and the Metropolis striker made essentially the most of their indecision.

37 min: Doku picks up a beautiful cross upfield from Bernardo Silva and places Trent Alexander-Arnold on the again foot once more. He cuts contained in the defender once more however is unable to select the killer cross.

35 min: Darwin Nunez shoots huge from a really tight angle after good work by Szoboszlai, who had pounced on a free cross from Manuel Akanji and scurried upfield.

33 min: Doku surrenders posserssion to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who picks out Darwin Nunez with an inch-perfect 30-yard cross upfield. Metropolis’s gamers enchantment for handball however referee Simon Hooper doesn’t blow his whistle. Nunez advances upfield and performs the ball huge to Salah when he ought to have tried a shot himself. Salah runs into visitors and Metropolis clear up on the again.

31 min: Bernardo Silva performs the ball up the left flank, choosing out Doku. He cuts inside Alexander-Arnold however his cross is blocked and put out for a nook by Joel Matip. Nothing comes of the set-piece.

30 min: For the document, that was Erling Haaland’s fiftieth Premier League purpose. He’s banging them in at a price of a couple of a sport.

28 min: Making an attempt to ship his aspect upfield on the counter-attack, Alisson kicked the ball straight to Nathan Ake. The Metropolis defender slipped Haaland in behind with a cross between two defenders and a elegant first contact enabled the large Norwegian to get the ball out from beneath his ft and hearth previous Alisson. The goalkeeper bought one thing on the ball however was unable to maintain it out of the underside nook.

Erling Haaland celebrates his goal
Erling Haaland turns into the quickest participant to hit 50 Premier League objectives. In fact. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

GOAL! Manchester Metropolis 1-0 Liverpool (Haaland 27)

Metropolis lead! Erling Haaland fires Metropolis in entrance, capitalising on one other error from Alisson.

Haaland punishes Liverpool and gives City the lead!
Haaland punishes Liverpool and offers Metropolis the lead! {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

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