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|Stephen Ireland (Abdisalam Ibrahim, 76)|
|Shaun Wright-Phillips (Craig Bellamy, 68)|
|Adam Johnson, A|
|Nigel de Jong|
|Jose Manuel Reina|
|Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez (Yossi Benayoun, 63)|
|Ryan Babel (Fernando Torres, 75)|
|Dirk Kuyt (Alberto Aquilani, 87)|
FULL TIME: MAN CITY 0-0 LIVERPOOL. Not good enough from both sides! Liverpool never showed the ambition to win it and City were sporadic in their attempts too.
Liverpool's sixth booking of the afternoon is handed out to Fernando Torres - just about his only contribution since coming on.
Alberto Aquilani winds up an effort from long, long range but Lescott is stood in the right place to block it on the edge of the box.
As the clock winds down so does the ambition of City and Liverpool's went long ago. Looks like ground lost by both these sides today after Villa's win, while Spurs are leading too.
A late change for Liverpool now as Dirk Kuyt is replaced by Alberto Aquilani.
City look most likely to score in the closing stages here with Liverpool camped inside their own half - I'm not sure Torres has had a touch yet.
Confusion around Eastlands as Agger challenges Adebayor and the referee appears to point to the penalty spot but the City cheers are quickly calmed as they realise he is awarding a goal kick.
Decent chance wasted by City as a Bellamy corner is not cleared and Emmanuel Adebayor somehow heads over the bar from inside the six yard box.
Javier Mascherano makes a rare forward run to reach the byline but his cross is easily cut out by Joleon Lescott.
Another booking for Liverpool and its Dirk Kuyt this time for a foul on Nigel De Jong.
Abdisalam Ibrahim is on for Man CIty in place of Stephen Ireland.
Here he comes! Big moment in the match now as Fernando Torres replaces Ryan Babel for Liverpool.
Fernando Torres is warming up on the sideline and it seems to spark a response from Liverpool as Gerrard drives through the centre of the park and stings the palms of Given.
Adam Johnson is the only player that looks like doing anything in this game but there are so few players in the box that he only has Emmanuel Adebayor to aim for.
They should just shake on a 0-0 and be done with it. Both sides are so intent on not losing this game that they don't want to win it at all.
Roberto Mancini is now making his first change and its a big one as Craig Bellamy is thrown on in place of Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Still Fernando Torres sits and waits on the bench - if he is fit, why has he not been introduced yet?
He has only been on a minute or so but Yossi Benayoun has already got himself booked.
A change now for Liverpool as Yossi Benayoun replaces the anonymous Maxi Rodriguez.
Ryan Babel is the latest Liverpool player to find his way into the book.
I think I'm right in saying that Emmanuel Adebayor has just forced the first save of the match but its not a hard one for Reina as he parries the striker's limp shot over.
City have improved slightly but this game is still a bit of a shocker - is it time for Torres and Bellamy?
Babel has got back to his feet now after a bit of treatment and he should be ok to carry on now.
Gareth Barry has had his name taken by the referee now.
Ryan Babel is down after taking the full force of a Johnson volleyed cross in his throat and the stretcher is on its way out now.
Roberto Mancini must have really got into his players at the break as they have come out much hungrier since the break with Johnson looking a real menace.
Great chance! The first real chance of the match falls the way of Stephen Ireland but the midfielder fails to keep his shot down after some good work from Adebayor inside the box.
First corner of the second period is taken by Adam Johnson but Jose Reina is there to claim.
We are back underway at Eastlands.
HALF TIME: MAN CITY 0-0 LIVERPOOL. Appalling first half display from both sides with neither looking to have any sort of cutting edge, hopefully things will improve after the break.
Steven Gerrard is booked.
Chance for Liverpool to apply some pressure with a corner from Steven Gerrard....but he curls it straight into the arms of Shay Given.
Both managers will surely change something at the break because this has goalless draw written all over it at the moment - who wants it more?
First effort of the match from City now as Pablo Zabaleta gets himself into a forward position to fire just wide.
This is just not good enough. On the basis of this match then Aston Villa and Spurs will fancy themselves for the Champions League spots. No goalscoring chances.
Javier Mascherano collects the first caution of the afternoon.
City starting to get a bit of a foothold in the game at last with Johnson beginning to threaten but his cross is well stopped by Skrtel.
Alas a shot almost testing a goalkeeper at Eastlands as Steven Gerrard drives towards the target and his shot is a fraction over the bar.
Neither of these sides look like they want to win this game at the moment - I think everyone was expecting a potential classic but so far its not to be.
Liverpool have kept in-form Adam Johnson very quiet so far and he is well marshalled by Jamie Carragher here as he finally gets the chance to run at the full back.
First sign of promise for City with Barry finding himself on the left but his cross is headed easily away by Lucas.
The first half chance of the match comes the way of Maxi Rodriguez but his volley is blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Got to be honest, not the start everyone was expecting with both sides struggling to get going and perhaps both not wanting to give anything away.
Very very tight with a midfield battle being the main talking point so far - and nobody is winning that either really.
Not too much action here early doors with the sides just sizing each other up a little.
Interesting to see Criag Bellamy on the bench today after an apparent bust up with Mancini this week - what price him coming off the bench to score a crucial goal then?
We are underway in this huge game in Manchester.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Maxi, Gerrard, Babel, Kuyt.
Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Adebayor.
Liverpool have improved since the turn of the year and got back into the heart of the race fro fourth and Fernando Torres is back on the bench after injury.
City's top scorer is missing today as Carlos Tevez returns home for the birth of his child so Emmanuel Adebayor is on his own in attack.
Welcome to Eastlands for a huge game in the Champions League race as Manchester City entertain Liverpool.
Its been a fairly predictable season in the Premier League.
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