Live Commentary: Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool

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Hello, and welcome to Nigerianeye’s live coverage of the match in the Premier League between Manchester City and Liverpool.

Two of the contenders for the league title have started the season without experiencing defeat in three games, and a win for either side at the Etihad Stadium would take them to the top of the standings.

City are competing in just their second home fixture of the season, with their first ending in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool’s Merseyside neighbours Everton.

Liverpool are on their travels for the third time this campaign, with their previous two trips to Watford and Hoffenheim also ending in stalemate.

OFFICIAL LINE-UPS

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
LIVERPOOL SUBSTITUTES: Karius, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Sturridge.

MANCHESTER CITY SUBSTITUTES: Bravo, Gundogan, Mangala, Sane, Bernardo, Foden, Delph
MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson; Danilo, Stones, Otamendi; Fernandinho, Walker, De Bruyne, D.Silva, Mendy; Aguero, Jesus


25 min City make the breakthrough and it is Aguero who has gotten on the scoresheet. De Bruyne threads a precise through-ball to the Argentine, who rounds Mignolet and slots into an empty net. Simple.

25 min GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool (Aguero)

22 min Salah has effectively got a free run down the right whenever he wants it. Otamendi is a passenger. However, after breaking into the penalty area, his low cross went straight into the grateful hands of Ederson.

20 min BOOKING! Alexander-Arnold somewhat inevitably goes into the book for a foul on De Bruyne. It’s in a similar position to where Otamendi upended Salah at the other end. De Bruyne also started brandishing an imaginary yellow card, which wasn’t good to see.

17 min It would be naive to just focus on the attacking football on show in this game. Liverpool are exploiting the gaps which Guardiola has failed to fill, while Guardiola is looking for a solution to keep things tighter at the back. Liverpool are shading this at the moment.

13 min SHOT! Fernandinho is one of City’s most defensive players this afternoon but he is still far enough forward to drive a low shot towards the corner, with Mignolet being forced to tip the ball behind.

12 min It has been a shaky start from Alexander-Arnold. He has been warned for taking too long with throw-ins and shortly after that, a wayward back-pass went out for a corner.

11 min The action has quietened down a touch but still, this is bubbling up nicely. Both teams look like they are going to score every time they attack.

7 min SHOT! Already, there’s an end-to-end feel to this game. This time, it’s De Bruyne who gets a shot away but it is a comfortable save for Mignolet.

6 min BOOKING! A mistake from Otamendi lets in Salah and the Argentine decides to foul the winger on the edge of the penalty area. Simple call for the referee.

4 min Back come City, with Jesus glancing a header wide from a De Bruyne free kick. However, the effort was from around 16 yards out so it didn’t threaten Mignolet’s goal.

2 min It’s been an imposing start from Liverpool who have wasted no time in trying to get behind the wing-backs. A Moreno shot earns an early corner, but Ederson claims the delivery.

1 min Liverpool get us underway.

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