Last Updated: 05/10/08 4:57pm
All over - and Liverpool have come from 2-0 down to beat Manchester City 3-2. City will be kicking themselves, but this is a huge win for Liverpool given where they were at half-time.
Just gone a bit quiet now, with City looking beaten in truth as a couple of passes go astray and heads drop. Just a reminder my verdict pre-match was a narrow Liverpool win. Wasn't quite expecting it to pan out like this though!
City not giving up - there's still at least a couple of minutes left. Alonso playing at emergency centre-back for Liverpool.
GOAL - KUYT. Late, late drama at Eastlands - and all those positive Liverpool fans have surely got the result they predicted at half-time. Benayoun cut the ball back to Torres from the byline, the Spaniard's shot struck Dunne on the heel and Kuyt was there to lash it home.
Skrtel leaves the field on a stretcher with his right leg in a splint. Credit to the City fans, they booed when Skrtel stayed down initially but plenty clapped him off. Both sides down to 10 now.
Skrtel getting something to relieve the pain here. Not an incident you'll want to see on the highlights.
Skrtel in real trouble after landing awkwardly following a challenge with Evans. Nothing the Welshman did wrong, but that looks to be a nasty one.
Ireland attempts a lovely reverse ball in behind Dossena as City press for an unlikely winner, but Reina is out quickly to gather before Wright-Phillips can get there.
Liverpool come in waves now. This time it's Keane who goes close - though he was offside in any case.
Dreadful cross from Dossena as he somehow manages to send the ball closer to the crowd than his team-mates in the middle.
Lovely link play from Gerrard and Keane presents Torres with a gilt-edged chance for his hat-trick but he skies his half-volley from three yards. Should have scored.
Riera curls a ball in from the left but it's much too heavy for Keane, who wanted it slid into his path in the middle.
City have lost all composure at the back, with Richards hacking the ball clear despite Robinho ploughing a lone furrow.
Sky Bet go 8/11 the draw, 11/8 Liverpool and 15/2 a Manchester City win. Shows how goals (and a red card) changes things!
City fans up in arms as Robinho springs the offside trap and goes down under pressure from Carragher. The referee's whistle blows...and it's a Liverpool free-kick for handball.
GOAL - TORRES. Gerrard curls a corner in at the front post and Torres climbs unmarked to head home from close range. Bad goal for City to concede.
City going 4-4-1 now with Robinho up front alone. Unsurprisingly Liverpool have pushed Keane up with Torres.
Jo goes down clutching the bottom of his back after an aerial chalenge with Skrtel. Looks like the big defender caught him with his studs as they leapt for the ball.
What we have we hold will surely be the City mantra now, while Liverpool will look to take advantage of the spaces that will surely come with City a man down.
RED CARD - ZABALETA. City down to 10 men - and Mark Hughes is furious. Zabaleta dives in on Alonso and Peter Walton has no hesitation in producing the red card. Looked a harsh decision at first glance but the benefit of a TV replay suggests he made the right call.
After a bright start Riera has faded pretty badly - he's just been caught offside after straying beyond the last defender despite being able to look right along the line.
Brilliant from Wright-Phillips as he bursts into the Liverpool box down the inside-right channel and stands a lovely ball up for Robinho. It looks odds-on a goal but the stretching Brazilian volleys over from around three yards out. He was offside, but the flag wasn't up so the goal would have stood. Could be costly.
Bit of a scrappy spell, but Dunne continues to stand firm whenever Liverpool try to probe centrally.
After a mistake from Arbeloa, Ireland slips the ball through to Robinho who advances one-on-one with Reina...but the flag is up and rightly so. City looking much more confident now.
Torres climbs to meet the Gerrard corner but Richards' proximity means the Spaniard can only head it over.
It's Liverpool voices ringing around the stadium - can City take the sting out of this Reds revival?
So is that the start of another Liverpool comeback or can City pick themselves up and get back to their form of the closing stages of the first half?
GOAL - TORRES. Liverpool right back in it and it's that man Torres! You can't keep a great striker down. Great link play from Gerrard and Arbeloa down the right and the latter's cross was perfect for Torres to turn home from six yards out. Game on.
Richards comes across to halt Gerrard's progress down the Liverpool right. Really impressive from the City central defensive pairing - Torres has been very quiet as has Gerrard.
City just struggling to find their footing in the second half. Robinho has the chance to slide in Garrido down the left but his ball is a poor one and Liverpool clear.
City playing a fluid 4-5-1 formation when defending and 4-3-3 when attacking. The workrate of Robinho and Wright-Phillips crucial in making it work.
John-Lee Ashworth won't buy into the Liverpool comeback talk. He writes: "Liverpool are dangerous coming from behind but this will not be one of them moments. City for the win 3-1 or 4-1. Robinho is yet to score and will in this game."
After a good spell of Liverpool possession, Mascherano fires in a shot from distance but it's always sailing wide. City will be pretty happy if they keep Liverpool to long-range shots.
Arbeloa sends a cross in from the right but once again Dunne is there to clear. Still a way to go but Dunne is heading for the man-of-the-match award here. He's yet to put a foot wrong.
Whatever Benitez said at the break seems to have fired Liverpool up - they're back to the side that dominated possession early in the first half. Will it last, though?
Kuyt not impressed with that decision at all - he's still shaking his head a good minute after the incident. TV replays suggest their was contact so Kuyt's head-shaking is understandable.
Just seconds after the break and Kuyt goes down in the City box under pressure from Dunne. Looks a penalty at first glance but Peter Walton waves play on.
No changes at the break for either side. Surprised Benitez hasn't thrown Keane on. In fact none of the Liverpool subs were out on the pitch at half-time warming up.
Unity in Manchester as Vinnie Lombard writes: "Man Utd fan here. I hope Liverpool get stuffed by two more in the second half. They are a medicore side that got a start that flattered them. Keane is a nothing player obviously with no ambition because if he had he would have stayed with the better team."
Have to say I'm impressed with the positivity of the Liverpool fans at the break. Sheena McStravick and Jake Craggs still both confidently predicting Reds victories.
City fan Paul Denham reckons: "Now people realise we can challenge for honours this year. Wright-Phillips for England again."
Jacob Coles writes: "I think it will be hard for Liverpool to come back as City look defensively sound. I'd take Kuyt off since there isn't any point of good work-rate if he doesn't do anything with it."
Fredy from Germany fancies 4-2 or 5-2 to Liverpool, while Mark Doyle fancies the Reds to get a draw at least.
Anyone willing to write Liverpool off? David Workman writes: "Liverpool are the comeback kings. Remember the Champions League final? 3-0 down at half-time, ended up winning. Liverpool are fantastic at chasing games. 2-3 to Liverpool, Torres hat-trick."
Quite some change in the betting markets after that first 45 minutes. City - 9/4 pre-match - are now 2/13, with Liverpool out from 5/4 to 11/1 and the draw now a 5/1 shot. Andrew's 4-2 win for Liverpool is a 50/1 shot.
That's half-time and it's 2-0 to Manchester City. Liverpool had so much of the ball in the early stages it looked like they were in for a comfortable afternoon but after Kuyt ballooned that shot they seem to have retreated into their shells and City have taken the game by the scruff of the neck in style.
Andrew Thompson is one confident Liverpool fan. He writes: "They might be 2-0 down but they will still win 4-2. Keane to come off bench and get one, Torres to get a hat-trick." Have to say I'd be stunned if Keane is still on the bench come the restart, but that's a bold score prediction...
Wright-Phillips pounces on a Skrtel error but just can't thread the ball through to Robinho and Liverpool clear.
More great defending from Dunne as he nicks the ball off Riera's toes. Flag up in any case with the Spaniard offside but Dunne wasn't to know that.
GOAL - GARRIDO. Turns out to be something more than a good crossing chance! With Petrov only on the bench, Garrido steps up to take it and curls it over the wall and into the top corner. It's a peach of a free-kick and Liverpool have a mountain to climb.
City break down the right and Wright-Phillips cuts inside, earning a free-kick as Aurelio and Riera combine to bring him down. Good crossing chance for City, this.
Riera works himself another crossing opportunity and fizzes it across. Kuyt holds back his run this time, but the ball flies past his outstretched leg and skips out for a throw.
The tempo has just dropped a little as we approach half-time - City obviously happy with what they've got and Liverpool still struggling to break them down.
Alonso rifles in a shot from distance but it's straight down Hart's throat. Credit to City's defence, since Kuyt's ballooned shot they've restricted Liverpool to long-range efforts.
Arbeloa seeing increased amounts of the ball down the right, but this time Garrido gets across to turn it away for a throw.
City fans must be happy with how this is panning out. Dunne and Richards look imperious at the back so far.
The corner comes to nothing initially and even Torres can't find a way through as Zabaleta jockeys him superbly before nicking the ball away.
Corner for Liverpool as Arbeloa's cross is turned behind by Garrido. The visitors are getting into some decent positions but City's defence is holding firm so far.
Much better from Liverpool as they string a couple of decent passes together to give Gerrard a crossing chance from the right but Dunne is across quickly and deflects it back to Hart.
Mascherano attempts an ambitious angled ball from deep but it's awful and skips straight out for a goal-kick - symptomatic of Liverpool's passing since the Ireland goal that.
Liverpool spring forward quickly and force a corner down the left - where most of their positive play has come - but it comes to nothing. Boos ring around the stadium as Carragher isn't penalised for a robust challenge on Robinho but Richards then executes a similarly strong tackle on Riera and the City fans respond with a chorus of cheers.
Robinho has a great chance to slide the unmarked Wright-Phillips in down the inside-right channel but overhits the pass and the chance goes. Had he weighted that right Wright-Phillips would surely have found the target at the very least.
Zabaleta slips initially then recovers well to block a Riera cross as a couple of Liverpool fans point out their side came from a goal down against City's cross-town rivals earlier this season. Certainly not time to panic just yet.
By definition goals change games but Liverpool seem to be struggling to string passes together in the same way as before City's goal. Cue a Liverpool goal...
Jake Craggs writes: "Bad start for Liverpool, however scrappy and unlucky the goal was, they must put their heads together and get back into the game. Carragher must keep the defence tight, and Gerrard influence the team, Kuyt will also be a good influence with his high work rate and closing down."
Alex Pinto has words of praise for City's goalscorer. He writes: "Stephen Ireland is one of the revelations of the Premier League season. As a City fan I had my reservations about his ability but he's proved me - and a lot of people - wrong."
Entertaining stuff this - got a nice ebb and flow to it. City break forward and Elano fires in a shot, but it's well wide.
Terrible corner from Gerrard is cleared at the front post but once again it's Liverpool feeding on the scraps. They work a crossing opportunity from the left but it's straight into Hart's arms.
Gerrard curls a free-kick into the City box which Garrido clears. Mascherano works it back into the area towards Gerrard but Ireland is across well to clear albeit at the expense of a corner.
That's the first goal Liverpool have conceded away from home in the Premier League this season - a new test of their title credentials.
Liverpool have dominated possession so far but goals change games and Ireland has put City on top now.
GOAL - IRELAND. City in front. Scrappy in the build-up as Jo can't get Wright-Phillips' cutback under control but Arbeloa's clearance is only as far as Ireland and he lashes home.
Robinho somehow wriggles his way into the Liverpool box down the left but his prodded cross is gathered at the second attempt by Reina. Skrtel dived in early on Robinho there and nearly paid the price.
City spring forward themselves but Robinho's long-range effort is once again gathered by Reina in the Liverpool goal.
Riera looking really lively against his former club here. Now he's got down the left, evaded a couple of tackles and turned the ball across only for Kuyt to balloon the ball well over the bar. It was on his unfavoured left foot, but he should have done better.
Jake Craggs writes: "If Liverpool get the first goal, possession is key in the back four, Carragher and Skrtel must stay alert and keep Robinho out of the game. Liverpool will run out with a cosy 1 - 0 win. Keane to come on on 65 and net the winner."
Elano pulls the corner back towards the edge of the box but Liverpool clear before Wright-Phillips can get there. The visitors break on the counter-attack but Wright-Phillips tracks back superbly to turn the ball out for a throw.
Skrtel bangs in a shot from distance but it's straight down Hart's throat. City slow to close down there.
Bit of blood coming from Zabaleta's nose but it's nothing to worry about - he's quickly back into the fray.
Riera skips away from a couple of challenges down the left but Richards comes across to slide in and turn the ball away. Great tackle. Zabaleta just needs a spot of treatment after taking a blow in the face.
Reina slips momentarily as Robinho chases down another diagonal ball, but the Spaniard reacts quickly to gather unchallenged. Arbeloa tracked the run in any case.
Much better from City, this. A diagonal ball breaks into the path of Robinho around 20 yards out and he fires in a shot, but it's straight at Reina.
Zabaleta gets a yard of space from the free-kick, but his cross is well gathered by Reina inside his six-yard box.
Mascherano penalised after tripping Elano in midfield. Looks like City have finally settled into their task here.
Wright-Phillips finally gets on the ball and puts Liverpool on the back foot, forcing a throw in Reds territory. It comes to nothing, though.
Torres tries to slide the ball out wide to the left to Riera, but it just skips away from the Spaniard. One nil to the weather there - last night's downpour in Manchester means the pitch is a slick one.
Rafa Benitez already prowling his technical area - and that despite Liverpool settling much the better!
Gerrard's corner is met by Skrtel but the big defender can't get his header on target and it sails behind for a goal-kick.
Liverpool have settled much better here - indeed they've forced an early corner with Riera's shot spiled behind by Hart.
Torres spins away from Zabaleta and looks to advance on the City goal, but Dunne halts his progress with a typically no-nonsense challenge around 25 yards out.
Liverpool get the first bit of quality possession and Riera nutmegs Zabaleta to get a crossing chance against his former side. He stands the ball up well enough towards the back post, but it falls behind Kuyt and City carry it clear.
Under way here at the City of Manchester Stadium, with City getting us under way on Peter Walton's first whistle.
Robbie Keane not looking too downhearted on the bench - he's sharing a joke with fellow sub Yossi Benayoun.
One last contribution before kick-off. Matthew Grant writes: "The Samba connection give City a 2-1 win with Elano and Robinho scoring from Wright-Phillips set-ups. Come on you BLUES!"
Dean Allwood writes: "Very worried about today - Man City are a good team but I think we can run out 2-1 winners. Torres and Gerrard after going 1-0 behind to Robinho."
David Spence writes: "I think a comfortable Liverpool win, with Kuyt posing problems for Man City's defence with his workrate. I see a 3-0 or 3-1 with Kuyt and Torres starring. Expect a well-marked and quieter performance from Gerrard."
Joshua Moore is "tuning in from Australia, hoping to see the Blues get up 2-1 with Ireland to score the decider".
In comes the first email, sadly it's an anonymous one, but Mr X writes: "Liverpool to get a win - Torres and Babel on the scoresheet. It's gonna be a hard game but the Kop should win here today."
For those that didn't digest the team news at first glance, Robbie Keane is on the bench for Liverpool despite his goal against PSV Eindhoven, with Javier Mascherano starting in his place. City make one change with Richard Dunne returning in place of Tal Ben Haim.
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Sky Bet make Liverpool their 5/4 favourites, with my 2-1 fancy an 8/1 shot. City - and the draw - are available at 9/4.
A real chance for City to exhibit their top-four credentials this one - and they'll surely be even more determined to do so after their home defeat against Chelsea last time they faced a 'big gun'. For Liverpool it's a chance to stretch their advantage over Arsenal after the Gunners drew with Sunderland yesterday. So what do you fancy? I'm siding with a narrow Liverpool win.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Dunne, Richards, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, Elano, Robinho, Jo. Subs: Schmeichel, Petrov, Fernandes, Hamann, Evans, Ben-Haim, Sturridge.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Mascherano, Gerrard, Riera, Kuyt, Alonso, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Agger, Keane, Benayoun, Babel, Lucas.