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Stewart Downing takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar. Drilled right-footed shot by Luis Suarez. Save made by Joe Hart.
Andy Carroll takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a brilliant save.
Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Centre by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany by Andy Carroll results in a free kick. The referee shows Andy Carroll a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart. David Silva goes off and Kolo Toure comes on.
David Silva takes a shot. Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Jordan Henderson produces a cross, James Milner manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
Shot by Luis Suarez. Joe Hart makes a fantastic save.
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Booking for James Milner. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Andy Carroll comes on in place of Dirk Kuyt.
Mario Balotelli concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Skrtel. Mario Balotelli receives a red card for second bookable offence.
Sergio Aguero goes off and Edin Dzeko comes on.
The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Centre by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Micah Richards.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Balotelli on Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson, Shot by Stewart Downing from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Mario Balotelli challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mario Balotelli goes into the book. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
Effort from deep inside the area by Sanchez Jose Enrique misses to the left of the target.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt, save made by Joe Hart.
The ball is delivered by Luis Suarez, blocked by Dirk Kuyt.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, Gael Clichy gets a block in.
Foul by Vincent Kompany on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Aguero on Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Foul by Mario Balotelli on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Daniel Agger produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Drilled left-footed shot by Stewart Downing. Save by Joe Hart.
Corner taken short by Charlie Adam.
Stewart Downing is ruled offside. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. Samir Nasri goes off and Mario Balotelli comes on. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, Joe Hart makes a brilliant save.
The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Samir Nasri decides to take a short corner.
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
The referee gives a free kick against James Milner for handball. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line, save by Jose Reina.
A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Gael Clichy fouled by Luis Suarez, the ref awards a free kick. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
Jordan Henderson is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Aguero on Daniel Agger. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Suarez delivers the ball, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Jordan Henderson. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Header by Dirk Kuyt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Gareth Barry fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. David Silva takes the direct free kick.
Shot from 25 yards by Charlie Adam. Micah Richards gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
Shot by Samir Nasri. Jose Reina makes a fantastic save.
Samir Nasri produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Samir Nasri, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero by Martin Skrtel. Free kick taken by David Silva.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot from 25 yards. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Stewart Downing challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Micah Richards takes the direct free kick.
Glen Johnson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, Shot from inside the area by Luis Suarez clears the bar.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a brilliant save.
Foul by Stewart Downing on Gareth Barry, free kick awarded. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
Charlie Adam has a drilled shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Joleon Lescott puts the ball into his own goal. Liverpool 1-1 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Charlie Adam.
Leiva Lucas fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Barry receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
David Silva takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Vincent Kompany finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 0-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson.
The ball is swung over by James Milner.
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Short corner worked by Charlie Adam.
The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Micah Richards. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joleon Lescott on Luis Suarez. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam, Micah Richards makes a clearance.
Shot from outside the box by David Silva misses to the left of the target.
Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. David Silva delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
David Silva produces a cross, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.
Sergio Aguero is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson, Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Vincent Kompany receives a caution. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez.
Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
The ball is delivered by James Milner, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Samir Nasri is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on James Milner, free kick awarded. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Daniel Agger.
Gael Clichy crosses the ball, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Mancini: No Bellamy rift
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists he never had major issues with Craig Bellamy and would be pleased to see the striker prosper at Liverpool.
The Wales international rejoined Liverpool in August after being told he did not feature in Mancini's plans.
Bellamy shone for the club early in his City career but started to fall out of favour after the appointment of Mancini in December 2009.
He spent last season on loan with npower Championship side Cardiff and later revealed how he and Mancini had differed in their opinions of his best training schedule. The 32-year-old has a long-standing knee problem which requires careful management.
Bellamy could now face his former club as the Barclays Premier League leaders travel to Anfield on Sunday and he appears in good form after impressing in last week's win over Chelsea.
Mancini said: "I am not surprised, Bellamy is a good player. I am happy for him because he played very well. He is in good form.
"He was fit often but because we had three or four strikers it was difficult for him."
City have a poor recent record at Anfield having not won in their last eight visits.
Mancini considers the 3-0 defeat there last April, when Andy Carroll struck twice, as one of the worst performances of his reign.
The Italian said: "It was poor, but it was one week before the FA Cup semi-final. We changed three or four players but Liverpool deserved to beat us."
This time City travel as impressive leaders of the Barclays Premier League having won 11 of their 12 matches, although they will be keen to recover from this week's Champions League setback.
City were beaten 2-1 at Napoli on Tuesday to leave their chances of reaching the knockout stage out of their hands.
Mancini said: "We have started the Barclays Premier League very well but we know it will be a difficult game.
"The season will be very long. Every two or three games can change the situation. I hope we continue to win and continue to score.
"I am satisfied but I don't think we can win all the games. Everyone thinks we can win all the games but this is difficult."
Striker Mario Balotelli is fit having recovered from the fever which made him sick during the game in Naples.
City have no other injury concerns for a game which falls on Mancini's 47th birthday.
"I hope my players can give me a gift," he said.
Winger Stewart Downing insists Liverpool are not in the habit of making big statements but believes the visit of Manchester City holds no fear for Kenny Dalglish's side.
The unbeaten leaders arrive at Anfield as the top flight's top scorers, with their array of attacking talent having torn apart defences this season.
However, they suffered a morale-sapping defeat against Napoli and with Liverpool buoyant having won at Chelsea last weekend, Downing said the squad's confidence is high but their arrogance is not.
"I think we should look forward to it and say 'Why can't we be the first team to beat them?"' he said.
"It's a great incentive for us. Obviously they are coming off a defeat in Napoli so they will be right up for it.
"They are a top team with many, many great players, not just in the 11 but on the bench. We are going to have to be right up for it and start well. If we don't they will punish you, which they have shown against the top teams this season."
Downing added on liverpoolfc.tv: "It has the makings of a cracking game. We are at home at Anfield so I'm confident we can get a result.
"But we have belief in our own ability and confidence is flying, especially the way we won the game (against Chelsea) because it was difficult circumstances in the second half and we nicked it right at the end.
"Training has been really intense and we are really looking forward to the game.
"Inside the club we have the belief that we have a really good team but we have quietly gone about our business and got some good results.
"We made a big statement on Sunday by beating Chelsea on their home turf and they don't lose there very often. We are going about our work quietly and that's the best way to do it."
Downing will be pushing for a recall having been dropped last week after starting the first 11 league matches, but manager Kenny Dalglish is likely to keep changes to a minimum.
Defender Jamie Carragher, who returned to the squad at Chelsea but could only make the bench, may have to settle for a place among the substitutes again. Captain Steven Gerrard is still not fit to return from an ankle infection.
Hart saves City from first defeat
Ten-man Manchester City survived a serious examination of their title credentials at Liverpool to extend their unbeaten Barclays Premier League record to 13 matches after a 1-1 draw.
Had it not been for goalkeeper Joe Hart the visitors may have tasted a league defeat for the first time since May 7.
They barely had time to celebrate Vincent Kompany's 31st-minute opener before Charlie Adam's shot was deflected in by Joleon Lescott.
In the second half substitute Mario Balotelli lasted 18 minutes before being sent off for a second bookable offence and had England international Hart not been on top form City would have succumbed to sustained Liverpool pressure in the final 20 minutes.
Having coasted serenely through the domestic campaign, scoring goals at will, this was the first time this season Roberto Mancini's side had failed to score more than once in a league match.
Credit must go to Liverpool who, after a slow start, enhanced their own reputation as genuine top-four contenders with a second-half performance which produced everything but a winning goal.
City may have previously won only once at Anfield in the last 30 years - and that in May 2003 - but they played the first half like they were the home team.
They passed the ball around with consummate ease, as they have done all season, with both Samir Nasri and David Silva threading threatening balls down the side of the two centre-backs.
Liverpool tried to employ the same high, pressing tactics which were so effective in last week's victory at Chelsea and it worked to some degree.
For all City's neat triangles and movement off the ball they did not really threaten and the closest they came was when they were gifted an opportunity by Jose Enrique's backpass.
The Spaniard was obviously unsighted when he rolled a ball too close to Sergio Aguero but Jose Reina raced 15 yards out of his penalty area to first block and then, after the ball rebounded off the Argentinian back onto his arm, clear.
Aguero was doing his best to unlock what is becoming an increasingly frugal Liverpool defence and he twisted past Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger with ease on the left of the area, but bamboozled himself and lost balance.
Ironically, considering the silky attacking skills at their disposal, the visitors took a 31st-minute lead from an old-fashioned corner routine.
Silva swung in a left-footed cross and centre-back Kompany glanced a header into the far corner after marker Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson got in each other's way.
That is usually the key for Mancini's side to go into attacking overdrive, but within two minutes they found themselves pegged back as indecision and a bad decision cost them.
Kompany's weak clearance dropped to Kuyt, who squared for Adam to unleash a left-footed drive which was heading wide until Lescott tried to clear and succeeded only in diverting the ball past Hart.
If he was helpless to stop that shot the England goalkeeper showed his quality as he stuck out a leg to brilliantly divert Adam's right-footed shot over.
Suddenly the momentum was with the Reds and Johnson, last week's match-winner, flashed a left-footed shot past Hart's right-hand post.
Reina saved low from Aguero in first-half added time, but the open football continued after the break as Stewart Downing's cross ballooned up off Kompany and Kuyt's diving header missed the target.
The languid, measured play of the first half had been replaced by a more frenetic approach after the break, evidenced by Hart's hurried punch to Downing's cross.
Hart did better with his England team-mate's shot into the turf from Adam's corner, tipping over just as the ball was about to dip under the crossbar.
The increasingly manic atmosphere hardly needed enhancing, but the arrival of Balotelli for Nasri did exactly that.
Right on cue the Italian produced a comedic stumble, a fraction of a second after Skrtel had slipped trying to reach the ball, just when he was about to burst into the penalty area.
Liverpool had steadily grown more comfortable over the course of the game and they had the momentum entering the final 20 minutes.
Enrique and Downing shot wide before Balotelli's propensity for getting himself in trouble surfaced late on.
Having been booked for pulling back Johnson, he was shown a second yellow card for catching Skrtel across the face.
Hart kept his side in it with another good save at his near post from Luis Suarez before Silva over-complicated things in Liverpool's area having beaten Reina and Skrtel cleared off the goalline.
But Hart was the one being worked the hardest and another brilliant one-handed save from Andy Carroll's header in added time preserved City's unbeaten start.
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