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Manchester City vs Liverpool as it happened: Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp's side cancel each other out

Re-live the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium

Joe Miles
Sunday 19 March 2017 14:23
Adam Lallana glides past Yaya Toure and Fernandinho in the opening stages
Adam Lallana glides past Yaya Toure and Fernandinho in the opening stages

Midfielder Fernandinho has urged Manchester City to cast aside their painful Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco and make a swift return to winning ways in Sunday's Premier League clash against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

City were fiercely criticised after the Champions League last-16 tie against Monaco, which they lost on away goals as the French side brutally exposed their fragile defence in a 6-6 aggregate draw.

"We have to keep our heads up. It's a great game to play -- especially at home in front of our fans. We have to give an answer to our fans," Fernandinho told the club's website.

"It (Monaco) was not the result we wanted."

Fernandinho remained optimistic about City's chances of picking up silverware this season as they sit third in the league, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, and take on Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next month.

"We have two competitions to play -- the league is not finished yet and we have the semi-final of the FA Cup so we are looking forward to that," the 31-year-old Brazilian added.

City are a point and a place above Liverpool, who have played one game more.

Follow all of the action with our liveblog below...

What time is the match?

The match is on Sunday 19 March, and kicks-off at 16.30.

What TV channel is it on?

The game will be live on Sky Sports 1, HD and UHD.

What are the provisional squads?

Manchester City: Caballero, Bravo, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Kolarov, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, Silva, Navas, Sane, Sterling, Nolito, Aguero, Iheanacho.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Can, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho, Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Klavan, Gomez, Lucas, Stewart, Origi, Woodburn, Wilson.

What are the odds?

Man City: 28/29
Liverpool: 56/19
Draw: 13/5


Team news:

Manchester City: Caballero; Clichy, Otamendi, Stones, Fernandinho; Toure; Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero.

Subs: Bravo, Sagna, Fernandho, Nolito, Kolarov, Iheanacho, Garcia.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner; Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Mane, Coutinho, Firminho.

Subs: Karius, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Origi.

Vithushan Ehantharajah19 March 2017 15:41

Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Liverpool's trip to Manchester City. After Guardiola's men were knocked out of the Champions League this week, their fans will be demanding a response today. Liverpool have a phenomenal record against City, so this is certainly one that you do not want to miss. 

Stay tuned for the build-up, live updates and minute-by-minute coverage of the action. 

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Who is going to finish higher in the Premier League table this season?

Joe Miles19 March 2017 16:22


Liverpool kick off to get the first half underway. Game on!

Joe Miles19 March 2017 16:31


It's a super start from City, just 30 seconds into the fixture. De Bruyne opens up the Liverpool defence with a long diagonal ball to Sterling. He gets the ball trapped under his feet, but if that was not the case then we could have seen an early goal. 

Joe Miles19 March 2017 16:32


Mane goes to ground on the edge of the box, after tricking Otamendi with a sequence of skill. Free kick to the visitors.

Joe Miles19 March 2017 16:34


It's a poor delivery from Coutinho. He attempts to deliver the ball into the danger zone, but it's over hit and it flies out of play. 

Joe Miles19 March 2017 16:35

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