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David Ngog replaces Andrew Carroll.
The ball is swung over by John Flanagan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by John Flanagan. Free kick taken by David Silva.
Andrew Carroll has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by David Silva results in a free kick. Fabio Aurelio restarts play with the free kick.
Nigel De Jong on for Mario Balotelli. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Dirk Kuyt produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
Corner taken by Fabio Aurelio, clearance by Edin Dzeko.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Gnegneri Toure Yaya misses to the left of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
Leiva Lucas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
David Silva has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Centre by Raul Meireles, save by Joe Hart.
Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line.
David Silva replaces James Milner. The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.
Raul Meireles is caught offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
The official flags Luis Suarez offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Shot by Jay Spearing from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles, Aleksandar Kolarov makes a clearance.
Raul Meireles takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Close range headed effort by Dirk Kuyt misses to the right of the goal.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Dedryk Boyata gets a block in.
Shot from 35 yards by Mario Balotelli missed to the right of the goal.
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dedryk Boyata. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Mario Balotelli, free kick awarded. Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Joleon Lescott misses to the right of the target.
Dedryk Boyata delivers the ball, John Flanagan manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Adam Johnson, clearance by Jay Spearing.
Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
Andrew Carroll finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Liverpool 3-0 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Raul Meireles.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
A goal is scored by Dirk Kuyt from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Man City.Fabio Aurelio takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Fabio Aurelio provided the assist for the goal.
Raul Meireles crosses the ball, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Effort from 35 yards by Aleksandar Kolarov missed to the right of the net.
Edin Dzeko produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
Booking for Fabio Aurelio for unsporting behaviour. Fabio Aurelio challenges Adam Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mario Balotelli shoots direct from the free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov produces a cross, clearance by Jamie Carragher.
The ball is sent over by James Milner, save by Jose Reina.
Header from deep inside the penalty area by Mario Balotelli goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Andrew Carroll crosses the ball, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Mario Balotelli coming on for Carlos Tevez.
Andrew Carroll finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Man City.Assist by Raul Meireles.
Outswinging corner taken by Fabio Aurelio from the left by-line played to the near post, Dedryk Boyata makes a clearance.
Centre by Fabio Aurelio, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio, Gnegneri Toure Yaya makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
Shot from just outside the box by Luis Suarez goes over the crossbar.
Dedryk Boyata has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Fantastic save by Joe Hart.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Dedryk Boyata challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabio Aurelio takes the free kick.
Adam Johnson sends in a cross, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Liverpool will be without captain Steven Gerrard for the rest of the season after he was sidelined with a groin problem ahead of the home clash with Manchester City.
Injuries are also mounting up in defence, with Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly likely to be out for another month with hamstring injuries, and Daniel Agger having had his campaign ended by a knee tendon problem sustained in last weekend's defeat at West Brom.
Liverpool finished the game at the Hawthorns with four centre-backs in defence and that could be how they line up at Anfield, with full-back Fabio Aurelio having trained for only a week after a month out with a hamstring strain.
Jay Spearing is likely to continue in central midfield with Gerrard absent, although Jonjo Shelvey is working his way back into contention with an outing for the reserves on Monday after knee surgery in February.
Judgement on Liverpool's £57.8million strikeforce of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez should be reserved for this time next season, according to manager Kenny Dalglish.
And anything the pair, who became the club's record signings in the space of just a few hours on January transfer deadline day, produce in the final seven matches of the season should be regarded as a "bonus" said the Scot.
Suarez has already announced his talents with two goals and a virtuoso performance in last month's 3-1 win at home to Manchester United.
Carroll, whose Reds debut was delayed by a thigh injury sustained in late December while still at Newcastle, has shown glimpses of his potential but he is not yet fully fit.
Dalglish has always insisted the pair were bought for the long-term good of the club and that they could not be expected to transform Liverpool's fortunes in the latter stages of this season.
However, he believes in 12 months' time the picture will be vastly different.
"Anything we get out of them this season will be a real bonus," said Dalglish. It is good to see them getting an opportunity to play together and get an understanding and we will keep working on that. But this time next year would be the better time to judge that when they have had time to settle in."
City defender Pablo Zabaleta returns to the squad against after compassionate leave.
Zabaleta returned home to Argentina to visit his father after he was seriously injured in a car crash.
Gareth Barry, James Milner and Edin Dzeko are all pushing for places in the team after being rested on Sunday in the victory over Sunderland.
Micah Richards (hamstring) and Jerome Boateng (knee) remain sidelined through injury.
City manager Roberto Mancini believes the club's future is in safe hands. That is why he is backing goalkeeper Joe Hart to go on and become a legend at Eastlands.
Hart has grown in stature since replacing experienced Republic of Ireland international Shay Given as number one at the start of the season.
Since then the 23-year-old has not only become established in the team but also become England manager Fabio Capello's first choice.
It is a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the former Shrewsbury shot-stopper, who arrived at City in May 2006.
He has kicked on this season after spending the last campaign on loan to Barclays Premier League rivals Birmingham.
Hart has been ever-present in the top flight, playing in all 31 games, and aims to improve that record tomorrow when they face Liverpool at Anfield.
Not only that he lies top of the Barclays Premier League clean sheets list with 14 to his credit.
While Mancini is delighted with Hart's progress he insists there is much more to come from the player.
Mancini said: "It was very difficult for me at the start of the season when I had to decide who to pick because we had two fantastic goalkeepers. The reason I picked Joe was I felt he could become the best goalkeeper in England - and he has.
"But he is young. It is only his second season in Barclays Premier League. He can improve a lot. He can be the best goalkeeper here for a long time."
Mancini again faces a dilemma at right-back as Richards and Boateng are both injured.
Belgian rookie Dedryck Boyata was drafted in for his first Premier League start since October in the 5-0 victory against Sunderland but Pablo Zabaleta could be preferred after returning to the club following compassionate leave.
According to Boyata's fellow countryman Vincent Kompany, the 20-year-old has the ability to succeed at the top level of the English game.
Kompany said: "He is someone we can rely on and we believe will become a great player for the club."
Carroll at the double as Reds run riot
Andy Carroll finally repaid the first chunk of that massive #35million price tag as he scored two of the goals that helped Liverpool condemn Manchester City to a chastening 3-0 defeat at Anfield.
In a superb all-round performance, Carroll dominated City defender Vincent Kompany in a manner the Belgian has not experienced all season, lashed home a first in quite brilliant fashion after only 12 minutes and was credited with another when Aleksandar Kolarov's header bounced off the Geordie and into the net.
Between those two, Dirk Kuyt also struck, leaving City beaten, bruised and wondering what fate has in store for them in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
A disastrous evening for the Blues that put their top-four hopes in the balance again was only made worse as Carlos Tevez suffered a hamstring injury that seems certain to rule him out of the Wembley showdown.
With a favourable run to the end of the season, the Blues must have felt as if a decent result on Merseyside would have allowed them to confidently look ahead to Champions League combat next season.
Not in their worst nightmares could they have imagined what was about to unfold.
Luis Suarez had already seen a shot touched onto the post by Joe Hart when Raul Meireles let fly with a long-range shot that crashed into Kompany.
The ball ricocheted straight to Carroll, whose first-time effort was hit with far too much power for Hart to keep it out.
When Kompany got himself in the way of a Fabio Aurelio effort, he could only divert the ball across the area, straight into the path of a gleeful Kuyt, who joyfully sent a precise finish into the bottom corner.
As a shellshocked City struggled to clear their heads, Liverpool struck again.
This time Meireles swept a cross to the far post after young full-back Dedryck Boyata had lost possession deep inside his own half.
Kolarov won the aerial duel with Carroll but it was a measure of City's evening that the Serb merely headed the ball against the man he was marking, from where it looped into the net.
Yet potentially, the worst moment of all for City came moments after Carroll's opener when Tevez pulled up with what he indicated was a hamstring injury.
The South American gave the signal for a pull as he made his way off the field. Mario Balotelli was immediately introduced. City's stunned fans could only hope it was a precautionary move. The reality seems certain to be rather more depressing.
Kuyt came agonisingly close to twisting the knife a little bit deeper when he flicked a header narrowly wide of the City goal at the start of the second period.
City midfielder James Milner, normally one of the most level-headed players on boss Roberto Mancini's staff, reacted with obvious anger when he was replaced by David Silva with less than an hour gone.
Not that there was any noticeable improvement from the Blues, with Balotelli producing a typically enigmatic display before suffering the ignominy of becoming a substitute who was substituted as Nigel de Jong was introduced.
Yaya Toure brought a decent save out of Pepe Reina with a 35-yard thunderbolt.
Fittingly though, Carroll almost had the last word when he looped a header onto the roof of the net before departing to a standing ovation just before the end.
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