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Live text commentary as Hull beat Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, while Chelsea edge Swansea in the Premier League.

13 April 2014 Last updated at 11:59

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  1. 18:33: 

    Head up, Vinny. Nothing's's decided yet.

    But there's no getting away from the fact that it has been a great day for Liverpool and their fans. That's it from us for the day - see you all next week.


    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany: That's football for you. Anyway, getting some treatment done tomorrow, back in training and then we go again. Never give up!

    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Swansea manager Garry Monk, speaking to BBC MOTD's Steve Wilson: "We didn't get the result, which is the bottom line. I can't complain about the performance, after going down to 10 so early against a good Chelsea side. My players were brilliant today, and the crowd were magnificent too.

    "On the sending off, I was more disappointed by the fact that it took so long for the referee to show a second yellow. He initially signalled no, then their bench get in the fourth official's ear, and their players surround the referee.

    "I was surprised it took so long for the decision to be made. I'm sure the referee's got a legitimate reason for doing it the way he did.

    "It's very tough for us. We're not safe. But if we show that application in our final four games we'll be fine. Two more wins will probably do it for us."

    MANAGER REACTION- Hull 5-3 Sheffield Utd

    Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough speaking to BT Sport: "We are proud of their efforts but we are a bit disappointed as we had a chance today.

    "We knew they would make a change or two and go more direct but we knew we had to stand up to it for 10 minutes and try and get a third goal ourselves but we couldn't.

    "I am proud for the whole club, the support was amazing and I am just sorry we couldn't have won it for them.

    "It's been a great Cup run and that hasn't changed. I think we will look back at better memories in a week or so than we do at the moment."

    MANAGER REACTION- Hull 5-3 Sheffield Utd
    Steve ruce

    Hull manager Steve Bruce on BT Sport: "We are absolutely delighted. We needed one hell of a turn around but the one thing you can't do with this team is write them off.

    "You have to give credit to Sheffield United. They took care of the ball better than we did and we had a poor first half.

    "We needed to go two up top and once we did that we have won out OK.

    "There are always going to be nerves and it is how you handle it. We certainly found it difficult in the first half.

    "The pressure is on Arsenal. They haven't won anything for a while and that will be brought up again."

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    Freddie Drapkin: Hull scored 5 goals today. The same number as Arsenal have managed in their last 5 games. The final is not a forgone conclusion.

    Rhian Hoskins: Bruce deserves to win a trophy. If Hull win the FA Cup and survive relegation, he is a real contender for Manager of the Year.

    Lifa Nati: As a Chelsea fan , that wasn't pretty viewing but this sport is all about winning so will take it.

  7. 18:24: 
    Coach reaction- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland is doing the post-match interviews instead of Jose Mourinho - and MOTD's Steve Wilson has asked him why: "Not sure. He's just asked me to do it. It's something that's happened a few times this season."

    Holland adds: "I've been here three times with Chelsea without winning before today. Swansea can frustrate you. They're good at retaining possession.

    "With the game at 0-0, they've got everybody behind the ball every minute of the game. You've got four defenders, four midfielders and one attacker to get through. We had total control of the game, but still had to find a way through. When you do that, the spaces are there.

    "We played in the Champions League in the week, and it was a physically and emotionally draining game. It was difficult to go again, but we stuck to it and came through.

    "The title is still in Manchester City's hands if they win all their games. We've still got a Champions League semi-final to look forward to as well. That's what Chelsea are all about, playing in the big games."

  8. 18:23: 

    The Premier League have served up a fine day's work - and you only have to wait until Tuesday for the next offering.

    Arsenal face West Ham on Tuesday night, and there are two more games on Wednesday.

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    Chris in Dartford, via text: To all these people saying Chelsea are boring - did you also say that when we put 6 past Arsenal? Every team has games that aren't great to watch sometimes so pipe down!

    Shabbir in Harrow, via text: Liverpool's game vs Chelsea will be sandwiched between the 2 champions leagues game. Jose will have to decide which is priority.

    Mark from London, via text: All this chat about neutrals wanting Liverpool to win the title, really they should want Chelsea to beat Liverpool so the title goes down to the last game of the season and we could potentially have another Aguero moment.

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    Omar, via text: Don't get what's wrong with Chelsea's football? 2nd in the league and much rather win games than be all tippy tappy like Arsenal.

    Alex, a Chelsea fan in London, via text: Despite that result, we don't deserve to win the league. All the possession yet absolutely no conviction in the final 3rd, something City and Liverpool have had all season.

    Anonymous via text: Since when did attractive football win you the league? If it did arsenal wouldn't have gone so many years trophyless. If Chelsea win 1-0 at Liverpool and go on to win the title I don't think you'll be hearing many Chelsea fans complaining.

  11. 18:15: 

    Atletico Madrid were outsiders on the starting line - now they are hurtling down the home straight with the Spanish title firmly in sight. Victory in the Madrid derby - not that Madrid derby, but the clash at other neighbours Getafe - will put Diego Simeone's men three points clear at the top of La Liga with five matches to go.

    Can they take a big step to beating illustrious rivals Real and Barcelona to the top of the podium? Find out with our European live text commentary.

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    Ollie Kemp: Top performance Blades, played without fear + gave a great account of ourselves. All the best Hull - bring it to Yorkshire!

    Matthew Stock: Both teams giving it their all! Sheffield United can be especially proud of themselves and what they have achieved!

    Muhammed: Credit to Steve Bruce, on the way to Wembley.

  13. 18:14: 

    Demba Ba will not be at Chelsea next season. There, I said it.

    Player reaction- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea
    Demba Ba

    Chelsea striker Demba Ba, speaking to BBC MOTD's Steve Wilson: "It has been a very good week for the whole club, the fans and my family.

    "I always believe even though it's hard when you don't play, because fitness and confidence go down. I just said I would give everything and the goal came today.

    "It was difficult today, especially for the strikers. They were defending very tight together.

    "The through ball for my goal was perfect from Nemanja Matic and I had to finish it for the team and I did."

    Asked if he would definitely be leaving in the summer, Ba added: "No, it's not definite. I'm a football player and I love playing football. I look forward to playing those 90 minutes next season, wherever that is."


    Opta Joe: 8 - This is the 4th time there have been 8+ goals scored in an FA Cup semi-final (1892, 1899, 1958). Bonanza.

  16. 18:10: 

    What a breathless day of Premier League action. Liverpool still lead the table by two points from Chelsea, but both sides can win the trophy if they win all of their games.

    The key to it all of course is Chelsea's trip to Anfield on Sunday, 27 April.

    Reserve the TV. Get a pass to go out. Do not miss that one.

    Phil Brown, BBC 5 live pundit at WembleyHull 5-3 Sheffield Utd

    "It was definitely a game of two very different halves and a tale of two changes at half time. It was all to do with the tactical awareness of Steve Bruce and that is what got Hull the win.

    "The two substitutes and the half-time team-talk from Bruce meant they came out and looked like a different team in the second half."


    Infostrada Sports: 0-1 FT Chelsea now have 75 points after 34 PL matches, only two fewer than at this stage when they last won the PL (2009/10). #CFC

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-1 Chelsea

    "How this game has finished 1-0, I don't know. Chelsea have had wave after wave of chances. It was hard for Swansea, playing with 10 men, but they have soaked everything up and it's been a performance of character for them.

    "Chelsea have come to do a job and they've gone away with three points. Demba Ba took his chance well, albeit with a bit of luck. Chelsea are firmly in the title race."

    PLAYER REACTION- Hull 5-3 Sheffield Utd
    David Meyler

    Hull City goalscorer David Meyler, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "We were very sloppy in the first half, we knew they would do well and keep the ball and that's what they did and scored twice. The manager made the two changes at the break and spoke to us and we turned it around

    "We deserved a it [a rollicking at half-time], we weren't good enough, we have been superb all year so to be so poor after setting such high standards was disappointing.

    "We have got a great chance now to win a trophy but we have got an important league game against Arsenal next weekend and we will be ready to go again. We need to get some more points on the board first and then we can look forward to the FA Cup final."

  21. 18:02: 
    Hull 5-3 Sheffield Utd

    Photographers around the land will be concerned as the 'selfie' craze sweeps across the world of footballers. Santi Cazorla picked a camera out of the net yesterday to take a shot of his team-mates and now Hull are at it.

    They are expensive SLRs lads. Put them down!

    Hull 5-3 Sheffield Utd

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Wembley: "A dramatic finish to a superb FA Cup tie as Hull win 5-3 to reach the final. Jamie Murphy's goal gave Sheffield United hope, but David Meyler swiftly put paid to that with a stoppage-time goal.

    "Steve Bruce puffs his cheeks in relief, Sheffield United players slump to the ground in disappointment. Great scenes here though as both sets of fans stand to applaud their respective teams."

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-1 Chelsea

    "The Liverpool game is looking huge now for Chelsea, as I would expect them to win their other remaining league fixtures - at home to Sunderland and Norwich, and away to Cardiff.

    "People talked about Liverpool-Man City being the title decider. But Liverpool-Chelsea will be twice that game."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  24. 18:00: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea win ugly. Demba Ba has his second winner of the week and Chelsea close the gap on leaders Liverpool.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 5-3 Sheffield Utd

    "Harsh on Sheffield United, they have worked so so hard but what a fantastic game of football that we've all seen. We thought Sheffield United were dead and buried but they pulled that goal back. When Meyler scored then Steve Bruce puffed his cheeks out more in relief."

  26. 17:59: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea could double their lead - Oscar squares for Samuel Eto'o but his control lets him down.

  27. 17:58: 
    FULL-TIME- Hull 5-3 Sheffield Utd

    Hull are into the FA Cup final. They will play Arsenal.

  28. 17:57: 
    GOAL- Hull 5-3 Sheffield Utd - David Meyler (90 mins)

    An extraordinary game! Hull catch the Blades on the break and David Meyler is clean through, he takes his time and calmly finds the far corner. Who would have predicted eight goals in this one?Hard lines on Sheffield United.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 4-3 Sheffield Utd

    "This could be very interesting, It was sloppy defending by Hull maybe they were already thinking about that FA Cup final but could Sheffield United find that equaliser? They have just got to get the ball into the box and see what happens."

    You can listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  30. 17:55: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Swansea almost sneak a leveller as a free-kick from out wide from Jonjo Shelvey forces Petr Cech into action. Into added time.

  31. 17:54: 
    GOAL- Hull 4-3 Sheffield Utd - Jamie Murphy (90 mins)

    Hello! Big finish on the cards? Jamie Murphy hammers in a loose ball after a header was blocked - and there are three minutes added on.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-1 Chelsea

    "The Swansea players are out on their feet. They've given everything. Unfortunately for them, the early sending off of Chico Flores killed the game really."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  33. 17:51: 
    FINAL FIVE- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Into the last five minutes at Swansea - and at Wembley...

  34. 17:50: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Samuel Eto'o is back on the pitch, and almost back on the scoresheet, rolling Oscar's cross wide from 15 yards.

  35. 17:48: 
    Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Samuel Eto'o is left in a heap in comedy circumstances. Oscar leads a break which Chelsea make a mess of, Ashley Williams then smashes a clearance right into Eto'o's chest from point-blank range. Eto'o is winded and needs a minute to regain his thoughts.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-1 Chelsea
    Demba Ba

    "What a week Demba Ba has had. He's saved Chelsea's season. He can be a bit cumbersome at times, he can give the ball away at times, but he scores goals when it matters, and that's what strikers are judged on."

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    Shane from Spalding, via text: hope don't Chelsea don't win the league they are so boring ,so negative all the time, Lfc all the way come on you reds

    Steve, via text: Wake me up when Chelsea finish.

    Pete in York, via text: Boring negative football. I wouldn't want to be a Chelsea fan. Never mind how many trophies they win.

    David Kerr, via text: Jose the lucky one for the 2nd time this week.

    James from Hampshire, via text: People say Chelsea don't have top strikers, Torres? Ba? Eto'o? They were all great strikers who scored freely before moving to Chelsea. Does anyone not question its the style of football rather than the player...I reckon Messi would struggle there.

  38. 17:45: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    But that is the end of Demba's day. He's off with Jon Mikel Obi on in his place. Ten minutes remain.

  39. 17:44: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Great centre-forward play from Demba Ba! Intelligence to move out to pick the ball up, strength to hold off Jordi Amat, speed to slip him and open up a yard of space, and power to hammer in a left-footed shot from 20 yards. All he lacks is the accuracy to find the corner.

  40. 17:42: 

    Into the last 15 minutes in both games.

  41. 17:42: 
    Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

    Demba Ba has scored his first away goal in the Premier League since he scored twice in Newcastle's 7-3 defeat at Arsenal on 29 December 2012. It may well be enough for three big points in the title race.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-1 Chelsea

    "You would think Chelsea have enough about them to see the game out.

    "Swansea can take the odd chance now. They might as well lose by two or three as lose by one, so maybe they can throw a few more bodies forward."

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    Brendan Bennett: Steve Bruce has earned his keep today. Great substitutions to turn this game on it's head

    Rabin Acharya: Huddlestone is surely making his case for the ticket to Brazil.

    Hull 4-2 Sheffield Utd

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Wembley: "Credit to Steve Bruce because he has produced something of a tactical masterclass in this second half. Hull were terrible in the first half but Bruce's substitutions have proved pivotal as this time Stephen Quinn heads in to seemingly put the game beyond Sheffield United. Bruce spins round and fist pumps the air towards the celebrating Hull fans."


    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet: Long 90 minutes today but we got through because of great team spirit and everyone's support! #YNWA #4togo

  46. 17:38: 
    As it stands- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea
    Premier League

    Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League will be cut to two points - if it stays like this.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-1 Chelsea

    "You teach young strikers to get the ball on target, and that's what Demba Ba has done. It's probably the easiest save Michel Vorm has had to make all season, but he's beaten for pace.

    "I'd criticised Ba earlier - I thought he'd been cumbersome - but he's made the difference now."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  48. 17:36: 

    Steve Bruce and Jose Mourinho both made two changes at half-time, and they have both seen their sides take the lead. That's what they get paid for.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 4-2 Sheffield Utd

    "There were a lot of protests about off-side but he was clearly on side. You can't just give up, you have to go with your runners in case. Sadly now I think that is game over for Sheffield United. Steve Bruce will have been absolutely furious about how his players performed in the first half but with those changes he has got his team back into this tie and they are now very much in control."

    You can listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  50. 17:34: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea - Demba Ba (68 mins)

    Michel Vorm, look away now. Demba Ba ensures that the siege does come to an end, finding his second important goal in a matter of days to put Chelsea ahead. Nemanja Matic's early pass forward finds Ba one on one with Ashley Williams, he turns him before hitting a low shot which Vorm sold stop, but the ball bobbles past him and into the net.

    Demba Ba
  51. 17:33: 
    Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have had 85% of possession in the second half. It's been a siege, but a fairly comfortable siege.

    Maybe a siege with all your power, wi-fi and a kitchen full of food.

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    Kung Pao Shiu Pao: With Manny Pacquiao winning earlier today and Liverpool beating City, Chelsea dropping points would definitely wrap up my day!

    Russell Pope: Breaking News- Jose Mourinho has just booked a double decker bus on the 27th April. Destination Anfield goalmouth

    Garry McCammon: Chelsea need one of those crafty, Spanish, number 10's. Like that Juan at Man Utd..

    Nick Hawkins: Games like this make you wish for a player that can unlock defences. Someone like oh I don't know - Mata?!

  53. 17:31: 
    GOAL- Hull 4-2 Sheffield Utd - Stephen Quinn (67 mins)

    Minimal celebrations from the former Sheffield United man, but that should be Hull in the FA Cup final now. Jake Livermore breaks a jagged offside trap to get clear down the right and he lays on his second assist of the day with a cross which Stephen Quinn heads in. Scores with his first touch!

  54. 17:28: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Hull 3-2 Sheffield Utd

    Hull make their third and final change with nearly 30 minutes still to play. Former Blade Stephen Quinn replaces the injured Yannick Sagbo.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea have had good chances. They'll have no excuses if they don't go home with the three points. But Swansea have defended for their lives - and Wayne Routledge's run just then has taken some of the pressure off.

    "Jose Mourinho's got his notebook and pen out now. He's one of the most sought-after tacticians in world football. What has he got up his sleeve?"

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  56. 17:27: 
    Hull 3-2 Sheffield Utd

    Half an hour left at Wembley. Sheffield United haven't really threatened since the break. Can they fight back?

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    Tom Heaps: Great goal from Huddlestone. Where was that for 2 years?

    Alex Lancaster: Come on City! Let's get to the final! #daretodream #supermattyfryatt :)

    Derek Pillie: Interesting stat... through 57' of FA Cup semi-final there hasn't been a single save (all shots on target have scored).

  58. 17:25: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Demba Ba has Chelsea's 17th effort on goal, straight at Michel Vorm though. Swansea then counter - or rather, Wayne Routledge does. He runs it all on his own from halfway, beating two men for pace before seeing his shot blocked by John Terry's shoulder.

  59. 17:24: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are missing some serious chances this afternoon! Dear oh dear, Samuel Eto'o is the guilty man this time, dragging a shot wide from 10 yards after a lapse at the back. Again, he has to score that.

    Hull 3-2 Sheffield Utd

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Wembley: "An amazing turnaround at Wembley and one that a number of Sheffield United fans will have missed, with a few just making their way back to their seats from the concourse as Tom Huddlestone put Hull ahead. Credit to Steve Bruce, his half-time teamtalk and substitutions have worked wonders."

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 3-2 Sheffield Utd

    "That was an absolutely magnificent finish from Tom Huddlestone especially after the way they played in the first half. It's all Hull now and they are the ones who look the likelier to score again."

    You can listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.


    Liverpool defender Glen Johnson: What a result!!! Great game of football! Another huge step closer #LFC

  63. 17:21: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Panic stations in the Swansea defence! Willian meets a cross with a header, Oscar can't turn it in and then Demba Ba flashes one across the goalmouth. That was incredibly close...

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Oscar is the key to success for Chelsea here. He goes into little pockets of space and has great ability."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  65. 17:19: 
    GOAL- Hull 3-2 Sheffield Utd - Tom Huddlestone (54 mins)

    If your dad ever joined in with a game as a kid and took it all too seriously, you'll picture this goal. Tom Huddlestone plays a one-two before bursting onto the ball, holding off two smaller men with ease, bringing the ball on to his left foot and then nonchalantly clipping it over the keeper and into the corner.

    A brilliant solo goal.

  66. 17:18: 
    Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea could get very frustrated this afternoon. Swansea are set up to shut them out and Chelsea look short of ideas. But they found a way through PSG in midweek...

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 2-2 Sheffield Utd

    "Sheffield United didn't deal with the corner at all well. They had two or three or four chances to clear it. It was the last thing that Sheffield United wanted, they are suddenly on the back foot after dominating so well in the first half."

    You can listen to full 90 minute action on BBC Radio 5 live

  68. 17:16: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Hull 2-2 Sheffield Utd

    What an impact Matty Fryatt has made! He gets in behind the Blades defence, rounds Mark Howard in the goal and slides it into the net - only to see the offside flag raised. Close, but the right call.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "I can see why Jose Mourinho has made the changes. Chelsea have lacked urgency.

    "I'm surprised that Andre Schurrle has gone off, but perhaps the factor in that is that he was booked just before half-time, and Mourinho doesn't want to lose him to a suspension. We know from experience that referees can level it up - if they send off a player on one side, they can be quick to dismiss a player on the other.

    "Samuel Eto'o will inject a little pace and power - and Chelsea need to raise the tempo.

    "I'm surprised that Nemanja Matic has stayed on. John Terry and Gary Cahill have got enough about them to deal with the Swansea threat, and I'm not sure they need a defensive sitting midfielder against 10 men."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  70. 17:13: 
    GOAL- Hull 2-2 Sheffield Utd - Matty Fryatt (49 mins)

    Predatory. Matt Fryatt has made a career of poaching goals through the divisions and he doesn't miss chances like this. Sheffield United don't deal with a corner, James Chester drags a shot back into the danger zone and Fryatt is unmarked four yards out to sweep home.

  71. 17:12: 
    Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Looks like a good old-fashioned 4-4-2 for Chelsea now. Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba up front.

  72. 17:11: 

    Under way in both of our late games - spring sunshine streaming in at Wembley and in Wales.

  73. 17:10: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    And a double change for Chelsea too. Samuel Eto'o and Oscar on for Ramires and Andre Schurrle.

  74. 17:10: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Hull 1-2 Sheffield Utd

    A double change for Hull at the break, Sone Aluko and Matty Fryatt on for Maynor Figueroa and George Boyd.

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    Saikat Nandy: Proper Cup semi final going on. If Arsenal doesn't improve it will be them who would look like a lower division team in the final.

    Angles Atherton: Sounds like a good old fashioned ding-dong-do at Wembley.

    Chris Harvey: What a story it would be for Sheffield United. Clough Snr never won the FA Cup, Jnr could do it with a League One side.

  76. 17:07: 
    Chico time- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea
    Alex Cleland

    Only two players have been sent off earlier in a Premier League match for two bookable offences than Chico (16 mins) today. They were Alex Cleland for Everton (11 mins of a 3-0 loss at Aston Villa, 18 January 1999) and Tony Adams for Arsenal (13 mins of a 3-1 win at Derby, 11 May 1997).

    Do you remember Alex Cleland? Me neither...

  77. 17:05: 
    As it stands- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea
    Premier League

    Chelsea's toil in south Wales means that they remain four points back from leaders Liverpool.

  78. 17:04: 
    Hull 1-2 Sheffield Utd

    Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker - who started his career with Sheffield United - is in the Wembley stands as a fan this afternoon. His old side are heading for the FA Cup final as it stands.


    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley: Extra incentive for Swansea defender Ashley Williams to keep Chelsea at bay. He's a huge Liverpool fan.

  80. 17:02: 
    Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Phil Dowd took his time to award a red card to Chico Flores but you have to say that he made the right decision in the end. Two clear cut bookings.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea will be frustrated to have played for half-an-hour against 10 men without really threatening Michel Vorm.

    "They need a bit more urgency. Maybe we'll see Fernando Torres or Samuel Eto'o come on for the flagging Demba Ba. He's not shown enough urgency for me."

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    Anonymous via text: As a Chelsea fan I agree that we may not be as exciting to watch as City and Liverpool, but we have still banged in a large number of goals. City, Arsenal and United all out of Europe as they can't defend against decent opposition. Will be interesting to see how Liverpool do next season when confronted with Bayern or something similar.

    Alex in Cardiff, via text: Watching this Chelsea game after Man City at Liverpool is like eating dry crackers after eating an 18oz sirloin. Can't they play each other every week?

    James at the Liberty Stadium, via text: I have a bad feeling about this. We're playing against 10 men and it still feels like one of those days

    Josh via text: I was happy that we are playing against 10... Then I realised Chelsea don't know how to play against 10 men.

  83. 16:58: 
    Hull 1-2 Sheffield Utd

    What can Hull manager Steve Bruce do about this one then? His two best strikers - Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long - cannot play in the FA Cup but he does have Matty Fryatt and Sone Aluko on the bench.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "I make Liverpool favourites for the title after their win over Manchester City earlier. I think the whole country does. There's still a chance for Chelsea if they win here and at Anfield. But Liverpool's attacking threat is frightening."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  85. 16:56: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea
  86. 16:55: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Wild! Mo Salah gets another clear chance for Chelsea after Ramires' neat lay-off but again he blazes it over. A bit of composure and Salah would have had a brace.

  87. 16:54: 
    HALF-TIME- Hull 1-2 Sheffield Utd

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Wembley: "Huge cheers from Sheffield United fans greet the half-time whistle with an absolutely classic FA Cup tie in the making here after a frenetic first half. Hull finally showed their teeth with a great Jake Livermore ball and finish by Yannick Sagbo but Sheffield United hit back immediately with an equally good goal. You have to admire the spirit of the United players, with many observers perhaps expecting Hull to go on and dominate after their equaliser."

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 1-2 Sheffield Utd

    "That's another great goal from Sheffield United, very similar to the first goal except from the other side. Stefan Scougall has been superb in this first half, he has really buzzed around. It's been incredible by Hull, they get themselves back into the game and then fail to pick up Scougall, who makes no mistake. Sheffield United have been much the better side in this first half. "

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  89. 16:53: 
    Hull 1-2 Sheffield Utd

    Yannick Sagbo almost in for Hull - but he just strayed offside. Both teams suddenly look very dangerous, we could have all sorts of goals by the end of this one...

  90. 16:51: 
    GOAL- Hull 1-2 Sheffield Utd - Stefan Scougall (44 mins)

    But Sheffield United will not be denied! Straight back up the other end to score, Jamie Murphy getting away down the left before picking out Stefan Scougall arriving late inside the area, he buries it into the net.

    It's no more than they deserve.

    Sheffield United
  91. 16:49: 
    GOAL- Hull 1-1 Sheffield Utd - Yannick Sagbo (42 mins)

    And Hull do exactly that. The first bit of quality sees Jake Livermore play a one-two before picking out a great ball to the back post, it's on a plate for Yannick Sagbo and he delivers the goods, rifling into the roof of the net with his left foot.

  92. 16:48: 
    Hull 0-1 Sheffield Utd

    Sheffield United look very comfortable. Hull will have to raise their game by several large notches if they are to find a way back into the game.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Michel Vorm has not had a save to make yet, and Swansea have been down to 10 men for about 25 minutes."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Phil Brown, BBC 5 live punditHull 0-1 Sheffield Utd

    "This is Wembley and the semi-finals off the FA Cup and it doesn't look like Hull have turned up yet. Sheffield United fully deserve to be ahead."

    You can listen to full 90 minute action on BBC Radio 5 live

  95. 16:46: 
    Hull 0-1 Sheffield Utd

    Sheffield United fans cracking out the 'Oles' as they spray the ball around neatly from side to side. Hull left chasing shadows by their League One opposition.

    Five minutes left in the first half.

  96. 16:44: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Better from Chelsea. They move the ball quickly and Willian's run and cross picks out Demba Ba at the front post, he tries to flick it into the far corner but doesn't quite get enough purchase on the ball. Swansea breathe again.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Swansea are frustrating Chelsea - and they have to take their breathers when they can, slow the game down. They've got be clever, because it's going to be very difficult to keep Chelsea out for the rest of the game."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  98. 16:40: 
    Hull 0-1 Sheffield Utd

    There's a better atmosphere in today's semi-final than last night's. Hull are seeing more of the play since Sheffield United took the lead but there's not been much goalmouth action.

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    Swansea v Chelsea

    Miku Zababa: Even as a @chelseafc fan, we don't deserve to win the title. Mourinho has such a negative style.

    Benjamin Taylor: Swansea down to 10 men is actually bad for Chelsea. They will sit back now and Chelsea will struggle to break them down.

    Mark Lynch: Awful refereeing from Phil Dowd. Desperate to be centre of attraction again. He'd have ruined Liverpool game given the chance.

  100. 16:36: 
    Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    It's essentially a very public training session as Chelsea look to break down the back nine of Swansea. At the moment Jose Mourinho's side are struggling to do just that.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea are a little impatient at the moment. They're looking to shoot from outside the box too much. I've played in games against 10 men, and it can be difficult to break them down, because they tend to sit deep.

    "Swansea have to try to score a goal. I don't think it's in their nature to sit back. I know they're a man down, but they can't just defend for the next 65 minutes."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  102. 16:33: 
    Hull 0-1 Sheffield Utd

    Sheffiled United goalkeeper Mark Howard gets clattered as he claims a corner but he is able to carry on. Steve Bruce rallies his troops.

    Hull 0-1 Sheffield Utd

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Wembley: "One half of Wembley is absolutely bouncing as Sheffield United stun Hull to take the lead. No-one can say they have not deserved it with Sheffield United having harried and attacked Hull from the start. Nigel Clough leapt in the air to celebrate, Steve Bruce's body language could not be more different as he stands motionless, arms folded."

    Sheffield United
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    Ollie Kemp: What a cross from John Brayford's beard! Come on United!

    John Southworth: Did Baxter score as I can only see the sun, shut the roof

    Ash Green: Classy celebration from Baxter at Wembley; takes off the black armband, kisses it and holds it to the sky. Nice touch that.

  105. 16:30: 
    Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    I've just seen a replay of referee Phil Dowd before he showed Chico Flores the red card. He tells John Terry to go away before he clearly says 'I'm thinking about it John, go away.'

    He just needed a bit of time...

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Going back to the sending off of Chico Flores, I think that when Andre Schurrle is running at you with a lot of pace, maybe you have to let him go.

    "Swansea will go to 4-4-1 now, with Routledge, Shelvey, Britton and Dyer in midfield, and Wilfried Bony on his own up front. They are going to have to work extremely hard. Chelsea can afford to be patient, and I expect them to control the possession."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  107. 16:29: 
    Hull 0-1 Sheffield Utd

    Arsenal v Sheffield United in the FA Cup final then?

    Hull have 70 minutes to turn it around.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 0-1 Sheffield Utd

    "We have talked about how well Sheffield United have started and they had a really high tempo. It's a fantastic start, they have scored from their first real opportunity and you have to say it is well deserved."

    You can listen to full 90 minute action on BBC Radio 5 live

  109. 16:26: 
    GOAL- Hull 0-1 Sheffield Utd - Jose Baxter (19 mins)

    Jose Baxter baby! Jose Baxter - go-ooo-aaalll!

    The League One side take the lead as John Brayford's cross picks out Jose Baxter running to the near post and he bundles in from close range. The former Everton trainee holds up his black armband in celebration, paying his own Hillsborough tribute.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "I don't think Phil Dowd has sent Chico off. Four or five Chelsea players have surrounded him and I think it's player pressure that has prompted the decision.

    "He has made the right decision in the end. Andre Schurrle was clean though and Chico knew what he was doing. I can't defend Chico Flores there."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  111. 16:24: 
    RED CARD- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea - Chico Flores

    Swansea are already down to 10 men! Chico Flores picks up a second yellow card for bringing down Andre Schurrle. It looks a foul but there was a long delay before the decision was made and Swans boss Garry Monk is extremely perplexed on the touchline.

    Schurrle wastes the free-kick.

    Swansea City v Chelsea
  112. 16:23: 
    YELLOW CARD- Hull 0-0 Sheffield Utd

    Hull midfielder David Meyler goes into the book for a late sliding challenge on halfway. Sheffield United have had more of the ball in the opening 15 minutes but we've not had a clear chance yet.

    Last night's semi went to penalties - not again please...


    Liverpool forward Luis Alberto Romero: Only 4 more matches. Very proud of my mates. Let´s go reds!

  114. 16:21: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Here's a summer signing who seems to get better every time I see him - Wilfried Bony. The big man flicks on a powerful header from 12 yards which forces Petr Cech into a strong one-handed save.

    Chelsea not having it all their own way.

    Phil Brown, BBC 5 live punditHull 0-0 Sheffield Utd

    "It's been a very competitive start from Sheffield United. The midfield area is going to be a key one and so far Sheffield United are winning that battle."

    You can listen to full 90 minute action on BBC Radio 5 live

  116. 16:19: 
    Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Jonjo Shelvey breaks in behind the Chelsea defence, out on the left, but his cross is poor. He rushes it and pulls it back a good distance away from any white shirts. Swansea looking dangerous when they get the ball though.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 0-0 Sheffield Utd

    "Sheffield United have come here clearly not just to make up the numbers, they are setting the tempo and playing with pace. It will have been an easy team talk for Nigel Clough because there is no pressure on them, everyone expects Hull City to win so they can come and express themselves."

    You can listen to full 90 minute action on BBC Radio 5 live

  118. 16:17: 
    Hull 0-0 Sheffield Utd

    Hull struggling to find any sort of rhythm in the opening stages at Wembley, as Sheffield United continue to impress.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Wonderful chance for Salah - and I just think you have to concentrate on hitting the target there. He's tried to side-foot it just inside the post, and has missed. Great play by Ivanovic down the right."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra


    Opta Joe: 16 - Swansea City have already lost more games this season (16) than ever before in a single Premier League campaign. Slide.


    11 - Chelsea have won 11 and drawn one of their last 12 Premier League games played on a Sunday, winning their last nine in a row. Bonny.

  121. 16:13: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    You've got to score those! Huge chance for Chelsea to take the lead as Branislav Ivanovic cuts the ball back, Mo Salah meets it on the run but side-foots his effort a yard wide.

    He had the whole goal to aim at and should have hit the net.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyHull 0-0 Sheffield Utd

    "Sheffield United have started well, they've been bright and energetic. They've got to do that for 90 minutes if they are to have a chance. They have to be intense. If Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone get time on the ball for Hull, it's going to be very difficult for Nigel Clough's side."

    You can listen to full 90 minute action on BBC Radio 5 live

  123. 16:11: 
    Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    Swansea get a glimpse of goal, Nathan Dyer hitting a low cross into the middle before Pablo Hernandez tests Petr Cech from long range with a low drive.

  124. 16:09: 
    Hull 0-0 Sheffield Utd

    Sheffield United make a confident start, pinging the ball around nicely in the spring sunshine.

  125. 16:08: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea

    And Swansea get us going in the Premier League.

  126. 16:07: 
    KICK-OFF- Hull 0-0 Sheffield Utd

    We are under way at Wembley.

  127. 16:06: 
    Hull v Sheffield Utd (16:07 BST)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Wembley: "It is a fantastic atmosphere at Wembley with a sea of red and white perhaps just shading the black and gold of Hull City fans in terms of numbers. Some 5,000 Hull tickets were left unsold with a few suggestions that a number of Tigers fans were saving themselves for a Wembley final instead. It is a suggestion some of the fans I spoke to outside Wembley refute, with their feeling being that it has been over 80 years since the club has reached this stage of the competition, so why not come twice?"

  128. 16:05: 
    Hull v Sheffield Utd (16:07 BST)

    A minute's applause breaks out around Wembley in remembrance of those who died at Hillsborough, while simultaneously a silence is observed at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

  129. 16:04: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 3-2 Man City
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "It was a remarkable performance. I thought we were incredible today. We showed so much spirit and quality.

    "Credit to Manchester City. We were outstanding in that first half but you expect a team like City to come back for 15 or 20 minutes.

    "Together, the players, the supporters and the staff, it was a wonderful victory for us.

    "It's always emotive, especially around this time. We live with Hillsborough every day. The families and the victims are in our thoughts every day. It was an inspiration for us, rather than something that held us back.

    "We will remember them again at the memorial service but today it was about creating a different memory and it was a wonderful three points for us.

    "The expectation on this football club is a challenge every day. Our objective is to stay where we are.

    "We have been put under pressure in very big game but you can see from the quality of our football that we are coping with it."

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty StadiumSwansea v Chelsea (16:07 BST)

    "I never thought Swansea would be in this position. Perhaps the fans have been a little spoilt. In their first two seasons in the Premier League, the club never really had any problems.

    "This season, there have been one or two issues. Michu has been injured, and they've had to change the manager, which has caused disruption - and they have work to do.

    "Swansea have won only five home games all season I feel they still need to find one more win in their final five games to get safe."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  131. 16:01: 
    Swansea v Chelsea (16:07 BST)

    John Terry and Ashley Williams line their men up in the Liberty tunnel. I wonder how much of the Liverpool game the Chelsea players watched?

  132. 16:00: 
    Hull v Sheffield Utd (16:07 BST)

    The players line up in the Wembley tunnel. The FA Cup semi-final is about to get under way. Who will join Arsenal in the final?

  133. 15:58: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 3-2 Man City
    Joe Hart

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

    "It was a very pretty match as it was two teams who like to attack. We deserved a better result. We are very unlucky.

    "We played very well second half when there was only one team on the pitch and we had clear chances to win the game.

    "They also played very well, especially the first 20 minutes. Normally, Vincent Kompany is great defender but today he made a mistake.

    "There was just one team inside the pitch in the second half. There was a clear penalty when Martin Skrtel had a handball but I don't think the result today was because of the referee, who had a good game.

    "If we win our two games in hand we will be a point behind Liverpool, who still have to play Chelsea. The title does not finish today.

    "We are still going to fight. A lot of things will happen between now and the end of the season."

    Phil Brown, Former Hull City manager, BBC Radio 5 liveHull v Sheffield Utd (16:07 BST)

    "For Steve Bruce, it is about the 90 minutes today. It's not about playing well, it's about winning. I've never watched the whole game back from six years ago, when we beat Bristol City in the Championship play-off final. It was a memorable day purely because we won."

  135. 15:57: 
    Hull v Sheffield Utd (16:07 BST)

    "I rate our chances as slim because we are playing a team that is two leagues above us," Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield.

    "Hull are a Premier League side with the quality that comes with that so we are massive underdogs. I don't think anyone can argue with that.

    "It's just because of what we have done previously in the competition that people are giving us more of a chance than maybe we realistically have."

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    Mark Hill: City robbed, Liverpool might actually win the league at this rate.

    Anubhav Maheshwari: Manchester United out of top four, Liverpool might win the league title and Arsenal can win a trophy. What a strange season!

    Ben Franklin: Suarez and Sturridge were appalling today and we've still beaten the best team in the country. Who said Liverpool rely on SAS?

  137. 15:53: 
    As it stands- Swansea v Chelsea (16:07 BST)
    Premier League

    Another quick reminder of the state of the top of the table. A Chelsea win at the Liberty stadium would leave them two points behind Liverpool.

    Hull v Sheffield Utd (16:07 BST)
    Hull fans

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Wembley: "The beauty of Wigan's fairytale FA Cup win last season is that it has given fans of similarly unfancied clubs a real belief that their side can upset the odds. That appears to be the feeling amongst the Hull and Sheffield United fans who excitedly descended on Wembley this afternoon. Few, if any, seem to be treating this as simply a day out to savour but are asking with genuine belief 'Why not us?'. "

  139. 15:47: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says that his side should have had 'a clear penalty' when Martin Skrtel handled the ball.

    He also says Yaya Toure is unlikely to be available for the next game.


    Former Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun: "Was a great game to watch, really happy for Liverpool they deserve the win..hope they go till the end."

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    Josh in London, via text: Hats off to Liverpool, it's in their hands now, if anyone deserves a Premier League title it's Stevie G!

    Tom in Durham, via text: The national captain lifting the premier league trophy; that'd be a morale boost. Every neutral Englishman must want the title for Liverpool

    Garreth in Worksop, via text: Title would be a fantastic bonus but just nice to see Liverpool as a team to be feared again. Rodgers has restored Liverpool's pride.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live at the Liberty StadiumSwansea v Chelsea (16:07 BST)

    "I think a Liverpool win suits Chelsea better than a Manchester City win would have done, because they still have to go to Anfield and so can have an impact there. But Jose Mourinho will be telling his players they have to win today. If they don't, then it will probably only be City who could catch Liverpool."

  143. 15:41: 
    Swansea v Chelsea (16:07 BST)

    Demba Ba! Forgotten man.

    Team News- Swansea v Chelsea (16:07 BST)

    Swansea boss Garry Monk makes two changes from the defeat at Hull. There is no place in the match-day squad for Michu who is replaced in the starting line-up by Pablo Hernandez with Nathan Dyer coming in for Jonathan de Guzman.

    Meanwhile Jose Mourinho makes five changes to the Chelsea side that started the Champions League quarter final against Paris St-Germain in midweek. Mohamed Salah, who was cup-tied for the win, returns, Ramires is back from suspension and there are also starts for Nemanja Matic, Andre Schurrle and Tuesday night's hero Demba Ba.

    Swansea XI: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, Dyer, Hernandez, Routledge, Bony.

    Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle; Ba.

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the LibertySwansea v Chelsea (16:07 BST)

    "Chelsea's recovery against PSG in the second leg of that Champions League quarter-final was thrilling and must have done wonders for their morale after that recent carelessness.

    "Looming ahead is the prospect of the two-legged semi against Atletico Madrid, with an Anfield Premier League showdown lodged between. This could yet be a stellar first season for Mourinho back at the Bridge."

  146. 15:38: 
    Player reaction- Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: "It's emotional but we need to stay calm as we still have four big games to come - but that meant so much, especially when they came back.

    "That is probably the biggest statement we have made so far.

    "That was the longest 90 minutes I have probably played in. It felt like the clock was going backwards during parts of that game.

    "We have got four cup games left. People said that was the biggest one was Manchester City but I disagree, the big one now is Norwich. Nothing is ours yet."

    Gary Lineker, BBC SportJoin the debate at #bbcfootball

    "I'm going to put my neutrality to one side and say I would love to see Steven Gerrard lift the Premier League trophy."


    Former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton: Huge win for Liverpool. Something tells me there are a few twists and turns to come in this title race yet. LFC pole position now.

    Team News- Hull v Sheffield Utd (16:07 BST)

    Midfielder Tom Huddlestone comes into the Hull side after he was left out of the team for last week's win against Swansea.

    Striker Yannick Sagbo also comes in as Hull's only other change, with Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long both cup tied.

    League One side Sheffield United, meanwhile, make eight changes to the side which beat Rotherham in the league on Tuesday.

    Defenders Harry Maguire and Bob Harris, plus midfielder Jose Baxter are the only three players to retain their places in the side.

    Hull City XI: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, Chester, Huddlestone, Meyler, Livermore, Boyd, Elmohamady, Sagbo.

    Sheffield United XI: Howard, Harris, Brayford, Maguire, Flynn, Doyle, Baxter, Collins, Coady, Scougall, Murphy.

  150. 15:36: 

    Two big games still to come of course...

  151. 15:35: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Steven Gerrard absolutely refusing to admit his side are favourites for the title. He went to the same school as Roberto Mancini...

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    "Sheer delirium around Anfield as Liverpool have the title in their own hands with four games left. It was a sensational second half and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will feel desolate about his error - while Manuel Pellegrini and his players will have plenty to say about referee Mark Clattenburg's failure to spot Martin Skrtel's late handball."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    "Steven Gerrard is off the scale right now. But you cannot keep that excitement down. Whatever Brendan Rodgers says after the game to try to calm things down, it won't do that. They feel they are going to win the league. They have to go for it now - and they are capable of it. They had one clear opportunity in the second half and took it.

    "Suarez and Sturridge were not at their best today, but their team-mates were. If those two can get back to their best, who is going to stop them?"

    Liverpool celebrate
    BBC RadioLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "Unbelievable scenes at Anfield. There was such emotion when that final whistle went, it was all about getting the win, getting the three points to put Liverpool in a better position at the top of the table.

    "Everyone played their part today, it was a great performance, Liverpool were up against it against a very good side."

  155. 15:32: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini sportingly shakes hands with Steven Gerrard as he leaves the field. City were a different animal in that 20-minute spell after the break but Liverpool took the points in the end.

    It's not all over - far from it.

  156. 15:31: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Steven Gerrard rallies his troops into a huddle, he is barking at them. I've rarely seen him so pumped up! What a game that was...

  157. 15:31: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    A massive result for Liverpool. Steven Gerrard is almost in tears! Liverpool haven't won the league today but they've taken a huge step.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    "You feel sorry for Jordan Henderson. It was his own bad touch, and he went to try to retrieve it. He went studs up. There was nothing malicious, but you cannot do it. He's going to be a really big loss for Liverpool in the coming weeks."

  159. 15:30: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    As if we didn't have enough drama, Martin Skrtel punches the ball clear and gets away with it! It looked like a header on first viewing but it's a clear handball on second viewing...

  160. 15:29: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Still 90 seconds of injury time for Liverpool to see out. They find the time to bring on Victor Moses and Lucas...

  161. 15:28: 
    RED CARD- Liverpool 3-2 Man City - Jordan Henderson

    Jordan Henderson takes a heavy touch and goes in high and late on Samir Nasri. Not a pretty challenge and he sees red.

    Jordan Henderson given a red card
  162. 15:27: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Martin Demichelis playing in midfield, Pablo Zabaleta up front - but Martin Skrtel clears well.

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    Matt in London, via text: Liverpool will be champions. Total football. Not just reliant on Suarez & Sturridge. Goals from the whole team.

    Ade, via text: This game is the reason that nobody except Chelsea fans should want Chelsea to win the league.

    Max from Brighton, via text: Liverpool deserve credit whatever happens this season, utterly mesmerising to watch.

    Justin in Clapham, via text: This game has had everything! Proof that the Premier League is the best league in the world!

  164. 15:26: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    All sorts of holding and shirt pulling in the area as Simon Mignolet claims the corner. Vincent Kompany gives it away again.

  165. 15:25: 
    INJURY TIME- Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    FIVE MINUTES added on. Not too sure where they have come from, but City win a corner...

  166. 15:25: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Where do you need to be Roy?

  167. 15:24:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    "It's not the title decider - even if it feels like it. Even if they win, I think Liverpool still have to beat Chelsea. They've got to win all their remaining games, I'd say.

    "These last few minutes could definitely decide the title for Manchester City, though. And they haven't created any chances since Liverpool's third goal.

    "I would say Liverpool have sat back in this second half - but it could be the case that they've been pushed back. They've run out of gas and I think there are two factors in that. One was Daniel Sturridge getting injured. And then there's Luis Suarez. He has dived about a lot in this second half, but hasn't looked his usual lively self.

    "Incidentally. I've just seen the most extraordinary thing. This is the most exciting game of the season, there are two-and-a-half minutes left, and one guy has walked out. His name is Roy Hodgson."

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    Nick from Newark, via text: Liverpool very lucky to be winning this game ...all out attack is very exciting to watch but will get heavily exposed in Europe next season. Rodgers needs to find a plan B to shut up games when 2-0 up!!

    Ben in Oxford, via text: Just listen to the Kop, you don't get that atmosphere anywhere else in the world!

    Xavi in Edinburgh, via text: Can see man city clawing their way back into the game. Liverpool are just too shaky at the back.

    Luke, a Chelsea fan in Bath, via text: Liverpool win is best result for Chelsea, means all we need is city to draw in one more game and title is back in Chelsea's own destiny!

  169. 15:22: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Manchester City are up against a flat back nine now from Liverpool. All hands on deck for the league leaders.

  170. 15:21: 
    FINAL FIVE- Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Into the last five minutes. Do we have time for one more twist and turn?

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    Daniel Baker: Probably the best game of the season - absolutely awesome.

    Sam Spoon: Come on Liverpool! Chelsea need you to win. We'll take you at Anfield and claim the title. We just need City to drop points.

    Hassan Rashed: What an incredible match. Great advert for the Premier League.

    Tom Castle: Surely there is some lost Premier League rule that would allow for extra time to be played. Don't let this match end.

  172. 15:19: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    James Milner has made a real difference since he came on but he wastes a good crossing position, overclubbing it into the Kop.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    "Lots of questions will be asked about Vincent Kompany's fitness but that was simply a horribly shanked clearance. Different type of anxiety around Anfield now, the anxiety that comes with holding such a slender and vital advantage."

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    "You start to wonder if it's Liverpool's day. If they hang on, they have to be favourites for the title.

    "It's likely that they're going to have to stretch this winning run to 14 games if they're going to win the league, and no one's ever done that. They've got Crystal Palace away, that's going to be difficult, Norwich as well - but on paper, they can win them."

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    Joe Hart

    Isaac in Cambridge, via text: This is the best top of the table clash I have ever seen.

    Alex in Bath, via text: This really is a golden age for the Premier League as form of entertainment.

    Steve, via text: It's games like this that make you realise how soul-destroyingly dull Chelsea are.

  176. 15:18: 
    LAST TEN- Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Less than 10 minutes to go. Some faces in the stands can't watch...


    Opta Joe: 93 - Liverpool have scored more goals this season than in any other previous top flight campaign. Record.

  178. 15:16: 
    As it stands- Liverpool 3-2 Man City
    Premier League

    As we were then. Liverpool will go back into a five-point lead if the final 10 minutes give us no further twists...

    Jason Roberts, Footballer

    "#ILoveFootball don't care who you support….this is UNBELIEVABLE… 3-2 #LFCvsMCFC"

    BBC RadioLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "I was just saying minutes ago that we've not heard his [Coutinho's] name for ages but what a well-taken goal that was. It was a snap shot but he did so well to keep the ball down."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 3-2 Man City

    "Liverpool have done almost nothing in this second half in an attacking sense, but they've broken forward and got back in front. It's a mistake - and of all people, it's Vincent Kompany. The Liverpool fans believe again."

  182. 15:14: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Man City

    Can Manchester City find yet another response?

  183. 15:13: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-2 Man City - Philippe Coutinho (78 mins)

    It certainly won't peter out! Liverpool are back in front and it's all about Vincent Kompany, who makes a total hash of a routine clearance. He can only slice the ball out to Philippe Coutinho, 18 yards out, and he makes no mistake, slamming low into the corner. What a game!

    Philippe Coutinho goal vs Manchester City
  184. 15:12: 
    FINAL FIFTEEN- Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    Into the last quarter of an hour. Do Liverpool need the win more than City? Will it peter out?

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    Infostrada Sports: 2-2: Liverpool's 5th own goal of the season in PL. #MCFC have benefited from 5 own goals this season. #LFC

  186. 15:10: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    It's so open! Liverpool leaving it two-on-two at the back and Sergio Aguero crosses for David Silva, who slides a shot wide on the stretch.

    Cavalier defending from the hosts! Silva will feel he could have buried that. Where were the rest of the Liverpool backline?

  187. 15:09: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    City have had 54% of possession in the second half, Liverpool are yet to have a shot on target since the restart. David Silva is the latest to go down inside the area and get nothing. Not very clear cut either way.

  188. 15:07: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    City are holding a line that would make George Graham proud. Twice they catch Liverpool offside in quick succession, as Luis Suarez taps into an empty net long after the flag was raised. Joe Allen has been a busy presence since coming on.

    BBC RadioLiverpool 2-2 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "The game is so so tense and finely balanced but finally Liverpool are getting back into after City dominated for so long in this second half."

  190. 15:06: 
    As it stands- Liverpool 2-2 Man City
    Premier League

    This would end up being a good result for Chelsea, you fancy. Liverpool will be three points clear if it stays like this. City four back but with those two games in hand.

    Into the last 20.

  191. 15:05: 
    Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    Anfield is tense now. You can smell it in the air.


    Opta Joe: 49 - Manchester City have scored 49 second half goals this season; more than any other Premier League team. Inspired.

  193. 15:03: 
    Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    'Can you play you every week?'

    This has been a cracking game and there are still 22 minutes left. Joe Allen comes though the middle but can't link up with Luis Suarez. There's more goals in this...

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    Momo Waj: Sturridge could have made it 3-1 before City making it 2-2. Sturridge's decision making has been poor.

    Ben Dunbar: Think someone needs to find out what Pellegrini said at HT and repeat it ad nauseam for England at the World Cup

    James Hayman: You can tell these teams are the top 2 goalscorers! Amazing game!

    Dennis Ethan: Liverpool dreams are currently hanging by an itty-bitty thread.

  195. 15:02: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    Here comes Sergio Aguero. Just what that panic-stricken Liverpool defence wanted to see! Edin Dzeko is the man coming off.

  196. 15:01: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    And another blow for Liverpool as Daniel Sturridge has to come off with an injury. Liverpool send on Joe Allen.

    Edin Dzeko is then played in by more nervous Liverpool defending but his shot is saved! What a game.

  197. 15:00: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    Another big penalty shout as Luis Suarez - who else - goes down after some wrestling with Vincent Kompany. You've seen them given...

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 2-2 Man City

    "In simple terms, David Silva is taking this game by the scruff of the neck. He is controlling the attacking play at the moment. He is getting the ball in the most dangerous areas and causing all sorts of problems."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 2-2 Man City

    "The triumphal mood inside Anfield has been transformed into near panic by this astonishing Manchester City recovery. David Silva has been the inspiration - but this Liverpool side have always got a goal in them."

  200. 14:57: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-2 Man City - Glen Johnson OG (62 mins)

    A superb response from Manchester City, who have feasted on the nerves shown from Liverpool. Samir Nasri and David Silva play some tiki-taka inside the box, Silva's low cross comes off the toes of Glen Johnson and creeps inside the near post.

    Glen Johnson own goal
    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Fabulous goal from City. Beautifully worked. Game on!"

  202. 14:56: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    They may be a bag of nerves at the back, but Liverpool can't half counter attack. Daniel Sturridge is the latest to charge through the middle, he should pass really but keeps going and ends up on the deck. Pablo Zabaleta got the ball though.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 2-1 Man City

    "Liverpool should have spotted that goal coming. Two minutes before City scored, they went close with exactly the same move, but on that occasion, the ball went out before it was put into the net. City are playing much better in the second half.

    "Manchester City are furious with Suarez for delaying the kick-off - but why should he rush it? He is winding up the City defence."

  204. 14:55: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Liverpool suddenly a bag of nerves. Like Michael Bay doing a PR presentation, they have gone to pieces.

    First a cross from the right causes chaos, before David Silva drills a low cross over from the left and Edin Dzeko is inches away from converting!

  205. 14:53: 
    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Some silliness in the centre circle to report too, as Luis Suarez and David Silva had a tussle over the ball. All calmed down in the end but Suarez is in the thick of everything.

  206. 14:52: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-1 Man City - David Silva (57 mins)

    And City are back in the game! The same combination as a moment ago, James Milner bursting into the box and putting it on a plate for David Silva, who makes no mistake from six yards.

    A really fine move, and a really fine last 30 minutes on our hands.

    David Silva goal vs Liverpool
  207. 14:50: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    David Silva has the ball in the net - but the ball had gone out before James Milner cut the ball back for him. City having most of the play now but they've rarely tested Simon Mignolet.

    Surely it's Sergio Aguero o'clock?

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 2-0 Man City

    "Luis Suarez was rolling around as if he'd been pole axed. I don't think he's been touched. He is extraordinarily lucky still to be on the pitch. The referee and the linesman were both well positioned, didn't give the free-kick, but didn't give the booking either."

    Jason Roberts, Footballer

    "Sterling, Sturridge, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Johnson..can England play with this fluidity, tempo and mentality at WC?"

  210. 14:48: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Luis Suarez could well have seen red there. A big call from referee Clattenburg and one we will hear plenty about - no doubt...

  211. 14:46: 
    Dive?- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Fernandinho - playing further forward since Yaya Toure went off - hares through the middle but is stopped by a sliding Martin Skrtel. Still 40 minutes left.

    Ooooh, now then. Luis Suarez goes down, Mark Clattenburg gives a goal kick and City want to see the Uruguayan shown a second yellow card for diving! He is lucky.

  212. 14:45: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Like-for-like change then. Well, sort of. James Milner replaces Jesus Navas.

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    Graham in Manchester, via text: Also at CBeebies live in Manchester following the football on BBC website. A lot of distracted dads! Come on you reds.

    James in Newbury. via text: If Liverpool do win the title, Kolo Toure will become the first player to win it with 3 separate teams. Almost as strange as Djimi Traore's Champions league medal!

    Mike, an Arsenal fan via text: Rodgers is nothing short of a genius. Slick attacking football at its best. Liverpool thoroughly deserve to be and will be PL champions.

  214. 14:43: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Roy Hodgson is in the house and he'll be pleased to see James Milner warming up. Raheem Sterling - a potential rival to Milner for a starting role in Brazil? - beats a man but skies his shot.

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    Tom Brown: Martin Skrtel has scored as many goals as all 4 of Norwich's strikers combined.

    Daniel Georgiou: Feelings of excitement and nerves. Watching Liverpool's attack and defence respectively.

    Deuterium: Liverpool are the most deserving winners of the @premierleague since Arsenal won it in the Invincible season.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 2-0 Man City

    "The great thing about it is that Liverpool don't look as if they're sitting back. Even when they're under pressure, their speed on the break has been fantastic.

    "City must do something. They must bring Sergio Aguero on, even if he's not fully fit. He's got to be worth a risk - although there have been no changes at half-time.

    "Simon Mignolet hasn't had a lot to do, but the one save he had to make from Fernandinho, going low down to his right, was outstanding."

  217. 14:41: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    The Kop jeers and whistles as Manchester City start the second half with a spell of patient possession. Liverpool not really in the mood for patient possession, when they get the ball it goes forwards. Quickly.

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    Stephen Pinshon: If LFC win, then lose to Chelsea, it's in MCFC hands again. All still to play for and a second half to go.

    Andrew Lucy-Ault: Liverpool always play better in the first half. Expect an onslaught from City. Who's joining me on them at 20/1?

    Some Body: People saying #ManCity are poor defensively. No they're not. #Liverpool are bamboozling them with some intelligent tactics!

  219. 14:40: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    No Sergio Aguero for Manchester City - not yet, anyway.

  220. 14:39: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Martin Skrtel slaps himself repeatedly about the face. Calm down son. Here we go!

  221. 14:37: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    A plane tows a banner across the Anfield sky: 'Dare to dream, will to win.'

    Liverpool have done both so far. Manchester City have the quality to respond though, and they need to. Fast.

    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Who's got him? Who's picking him up?!

  223. 14:32: 
    Premier LEague

    If it stays like this, Liverpool will be seven points clear of Manchester City - who would have two games in hand.

    City's games in hand are both at home, against Sunderland and Aston Villa...

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    James from London, via text: Think its hard watching this as an Arsenal fan? Try supporting United and watching both your rivals excel to such heights the same year you collapse

    Preshaan Sewsunker, via text: Who said men can't multi task? I'm sat in the MEN Manchester watching The Cbeebies Show following the Red Men on the BBC website.

    Julie in Leeds, via text: So proud to be a Liverpool fan today - come on you reds

  225. 14:31: 

    We will have team news from Swansea v Chelsea and the FA Cup semi-final in half an hour or so.

    Hull v Sheffield Utd (16:07 BST)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Wembley: "There are some interesting observers of the Liverpool-Manchester City game in the media room ahead of the FA Cup semi-final between Hull and Sheffield United.

    "Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister is sat front and centre of the main television screen, focused intently on the game. He has former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock and Clarke Carlisle for company, who have been getting great enjoyment from McAllister's animated cheers and yelps."

  227. 14:29: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    One goal for Manchester City would make the second half extremely interesting. The leaders made the most of their chances in that opening 20 minutes though. No doubt about that.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at AnfieldHALF-TIME- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    "What a half for Liverpool. Raheem Sterling set things going with a sixth-minute goal that was brilliantly taken and then Martin Skrtel scored one which was a bit more simplistic. Liverpool are in such a strong position but City finished the half strongly and there is still promise for them."

    BBC RadioLiverpool 2-0 Man City HT

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "City will no doubt get a good talking too at the break and will throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at Liverpool. Liverpool will be ready for that though and it will mean that spaces will open up and that will suit Liverpool's counter-attacking play, which could be dangerous for City."

  230. 14:24: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Rampant Liverpool go in two goals up. But did City show enough in those final few minutes to suggest that this one is not over yet?

    BBC RadioLiverpool 2-0 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "The game has opened up so much because City have to come at Liverpool and there are spaces opening up at the back. If Liverpool can just make one of these breaks count then they could be 3-0 up at the break."

  232. 14:22: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    And there it so nearly was! Jesus Navas teases a cross over from the right, Fernandinho meets it on the volley and Simon Mignolet makes a great save to push it clear. A big moment.

    Fernandinho is then booked for bodychecking Luis Suarez.

  233. 14:22: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    City ending the half very well. A goal before the break and it's a very different game.

  234. 14:20: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Simon Mignolet is the latest Liverpool player to get lucky - he scuffs a clearance straight to David Silva who would have surely scored but could not bring it under control. Seconds later though Silva flicks a header wide from Jesus Navas's cross.

    A corner is given and Liverpool have to clear off the line! Vincent Kompany almost poked it in.

  235. 14:18: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    A chance for a third. Jordan Henderson wins the ball back with some first-class pressing, Philippe Coutinho picks it up and drives at Vinent Kompany, who backs away and allows the Brazilian to drag a shot wide.

    Three minutes to go until half-time.

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    Niko in London, via text: As an Arsenal fan I'm torn. It would no doubt be better for football if Liverpool won the league, and also fitting given the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough. But I know I wouldn't be able to stand their fans for the next year if they do. Seeing Suarez win the league may make me cry.

    Pete in Essex, via text: Sir Alex retires & Liverpool get right back on their perch!

    Rob in Leeds via text: One more and L'pool will be ahead of City on goal difference too! Who'd have thought that around November?

    John, via text: How many SAS combinations do Liverpool have!?

  237. 14:15: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Really poor. David Silva takes the free-kick but hits it into the wall, very tame effort. City's attacking spark has not been evident at all so far.

  238. 14:14: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    City have a free-kick. Yaya Toure would fancy it but he's gone off. Looks like David Silva and Samir Nasri are up for his one...

  239. 14:13: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Edin Dzeko is almost in over the top but can't gather it in. I know it's stating the extremely obvious but Manchester City really miss Sergio Aguero up front. He may well be on at half-time.

    BBC RadioLiverpool 2-0 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "I don't think Mamadou Sakho got any of the ball there, he's a very lucky boy."


    Opta Joe: 8 - Steven Gerrard has provided the most assists from dead ball situations this season in the Premier League (8). Precise.


    7 - Martin Skrtel has scored seven Premier League goals this campaign; more than any other defender. Cavalier.

  242. 14:10: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Brendan Rodgers will be thinking 'don't do anything stupid' - and then Mamadou Sakho very nearly does. The defender slides in on Edin Dzeko, gets his timing all wrong, misses the ball completely but just about misses Dzeko too. Not much contact until the ball had gone out but a wretched challenge.

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    Mike Hanson: SASASAS Suarez and Sturridge and Sterling and Skrtel

    Ben Goodwin: Thought SAS meant Suarez and Sturridge? Sterling and Skrtel what a partnership

    Usama Zafar: Liverpool going forward always look like scoring - same as United of last season.

  244. 14:08: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    A City goal would change the mood at Anfield, and they do craft a good opening. David Silva threads a pass into the run of Edin Dzeko, whose shot is blocked by a sliding Steven Gerrard. This is exhausting.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 2-0 Man City

    "Every little Manchester City weakness is being picked apart by Liverpool here - and defending at set-pieces is one of them. Steven Gerrard was left free at one corner, Martin Skrtel escaped at another and Liverpool are in complete command. City are being given a fearful hiding so far."

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Liverpool are so good going forward. A delight to watch."

  247. 14:06: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    From the very next counter attack Liverpool threaten again, Luis Suarez threading the ball through to Daniel Sturridge, who cuts it back for Raheem Sterling - only to see Pablo Zabaleta shut the door. This is breathless stuff.

    BBC Radio, BBC RadioLiverpool 2-0 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "Just prior to the corner kick being taken I was looking at the near post and Philippe Coutinho was weaving around. Then he moved and took his defender with him. Martin Skrtel arrived and took the place instead and it was a superb header."

  249. 14:05: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Man City

    Two free headers from two corners - some rank bad defending from Manchester City has cost them in the end. They are seeing more of the ball but Liverpool will be content to soak it up and hit their front three on the break now.

  250. 14:03: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Man City - Martin Skrtel (26 mins)

    Steven Gerrard should have scored but it didn't matter as Martin Skrtel does score seconds later. Joe Hart can't keep this one out as Skrtel flicks in a header from the following corner - his fifth goal in the last 10 games.

    Liverpool are blowing a rival away again at Anfield...

  251. 14:03: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    What a save! Joe Hart somehow turns over a free header from Steven Gerrard, who should score!

  252. 14:02: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Better from Manchester City. David Silva and Samir Nasri keep the ball between them before Jesus Navas beats his man and fires in a low cross.

    Liverpool then counter and almost get in again, Sterling-Suarez-Sturridge all link up but a stretching Vincent Kompany keeps it out.

  253. 13:59: 
    Remember when...?- Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Yaya Toure went off injured in another big day for Manchester City which you may recall...

    Toure was crocked in the first half as City came back to win 3-2 against QPR in 2012 which won the league for City. Sergio Agueeerrroooo is on the bench today.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 1-0 Man City

    "Liverpool's only complaint so far is that Daniel Sturridge should have increased their lead. Manchester City are currently being overwhelmed and the loss of Yaya Toure will not help. Word of caution, however, in that this City side are unlikely to crumble in the manner of some at Anfield recently...although they will have rarely faced an attacking assault on this scale."


    Opta Joe: 12 - Luis Suarez has provided more assists than any other Premier League player this season (12). Vision.

  256. 13:57: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Liverpool have had 65% of the ball in the opening 20 minutes. Javi Garcia's first touch sees him booked for a foul on Jordan Henderson!

    BBC RadioLiverpool 1-0 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "It's a big blow for City [losing Toure] not just in this game but if he has got a groin strain then he could miss the next two weeks at least."

  258. 13:56: 
    SUBSTITUTION - Toure off- Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Yaya Toure is applauded off by the Anfield crowd as he is replaced by Javi Garcia. A huge blow that. Can Garcia have any impact?

  259. 13:54: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Javi Garcia is warming up, and Yaya Toure is down in the middle again. He is not right at all. This could be a major dent in City's title hopes.

    BBC RadioLiverpool 1-0 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "It was a great ball in by Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge makes those fine runs in beyond the defenders and he got a touch, he just couldn't steer it in at the far post."

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    Jonathan Poole: Don't think I've ever known a team with this much momentum! Nuts. #LIVvsManC

    Sunshine: Sensational stuff from young Sterling. COOL AS ICE. May be England's joker in Brazil

    Finn O'Neill: Even as a United fan. Watching Liverpool play is a pleasure - proper team.

  262. 13:52: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    What a chance! Should be 2-0 to Liverpool. Raheem Sterling puts in a wonderful early cross which cuts out Vincent Kompany at the near post, Daniel Sturridge meets it with his left foot but places the ball wide!

  263. 13:51: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    This could be very bad news for Manchester City. Yaya Toure pings a shot over the bar from 25 yards and immediately holds his left knee. He is carrying on but not moving too well.

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    James McCarthy: Lovely finish from Sterling after a wonderful run and pass from Suarez.

    Varuth Kuonsongtham: Sterling! What composure from a player still so young

    AKarim: A golden goal from sterling! What a start, never a dull moment when Liverpool are involved.

  265. 13:49: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Yaya Toure, the human wrecking ball, motors through a challenge or two to burst into the box but his cross is well blocked. What an opening 10 minutes or so.

    Luis Suarez is then late on Pablo Zabaleta. A red card for him would liven this one up even more!


    Infostrada Sports: Man City become the 10th team to concede 800 Premier League goals.

  267. 13:48: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Good work from Daniel Sturridge down the left channel, bursting past one man but Gael Clichy is diligent at the back post to track his man and clear with an excellent header. Liverpool look so dangerous every time they come forward.


    Opta Joe: 24 - Liverpool have scored in the first half in 24 consecutive Barclays Premier League games, extending the competition record. Lively.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 1-0 Man City

    "Liverpool's fast Anfield starts are becoming their trademark - and the whole of this old ground's main stand shook when Raheem Sterling showed such calmness to score. The youngster, cold as ice, wrong-footed Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart to score in front an exultant Kop."

  270. 13:46: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    What can Manchester City do about this then? They were expecting a rapid start from Liverpool and got one.

    City put together their first real passing move but Jesus Navas overhits the ball to Yaya Toure and it goes dead.

    BBC RadioLiverpool 1-0 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "I thought Sterling had missed the chance, he stalled and slowed down and I thought he was going to pass it but he took one touch and the gap opened up and it was a superb goal. He was so calm and collected for a young lad."

  272. 13:45: 
    As it stands
    Premier League

    It's very, very, very early days but here's the Premier League table as it stands. Liverpool hold a five-point lead for the time being...

  273. 13:43: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Man City - Raheem Sterling (6 mins)

    Big. Big goal! And a fine start from the leaders. Luis Suarez plays a gem of a pass through to play in Raheem Sterling, who gets behind Vincent Kompany. Joe Hart comes to meet him, Sterling shows remarkable composure to step to one side and just pass the ball home.

    Simple as that!

  274. 13:42: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    Luis Suarez is booked, and rightly so. He is late on Martin Demichelis as the Argentine clears away down the line. Suarez is furious.

    BBC RadioLiverpool 0-0 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "It's so tense at the moment everyone is trying to get the ball on the floor and get some composure into the game."

  276. 13:41: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    First shot of the day comes from Philippe Coutinho, he takes a great touch to control the ball but then drags his effort well wide from 20 yards. It's a high-tempo start from the hosts as we expected.

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    Aurelien Bunga: Doesn't matter who you support, the kind of atmosphere and nostalgia at Anfield today is goosebumps stuff

    Matthew Hobbs: Even as an @Everton fan, scenes at #Anfield send shivers down the spine. Great advert for football.

    Nicholas Kaez: That temptation of being a City fan and wanting to sing along to that #youllneverwalkalone

  278. 13:39: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    Vincent Kompany has strapping around his left knee but comes through his first test fine, outpacing and then outmuscling Luis Suarez. A boost for City fans.

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    Paul Thorne: Got goosebumps with that rendition of Walk On and I am only watching it on telly! Amazing atmosphere and COME ON LIVERPOOL!

    James Watt: Objectively, You'll Never Walk Alone is the best football anthem in the world

    Peter Gill: The atmosphere at Anfield is something else, going for a Liverpool win then they win the title

  280. 13:38: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    Liverpool look to come flying out of the blocks, but Manchester City have not conceded in the opening 15 minutes all season. A great record which will be tested today for sure. Edin Dzeko looks isolated up front for City.

  281. 13:37: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    Luis Suarez gets the ball rolling. We are away...

  282. 13:36: 
    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    A particularly touching minute's silence. I was afraid to type during it. Let's get this show on the road...

  283. 13:35: 
    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    Vincent Kompany wins the toss and turns Liverpool around - they will attack the Kop in the first half.

    The Kop raise their cards which spell out '96, 25 years' as we have a minute's silence at Anfield.


    Infostrada Sports: #LFC starters Suarez, Sturridge, Gerrard combined have scored 31 PL goals in 2014, MORE than ANY other team in total - Man City have 30.

  285. 13:33: 
    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    Flags wave, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' is sung, with the band of Manchester City supporters in the Anfield Road End making a fine attempt to get their own songs heard.

    This feels like the biggest Premier League game in a long time. Since the last one anyway...

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    "Anfield is a wall of noise as kick-off time approaches. The Kop is decorated with flags honouring Liverpool heroes past and present and it is a long time since a Premier League game was surrounded by this sense of anticipation.

    "This is why Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will have regarded the presence of his captain and outstanding defender Vincent Kompany as so essential. Calm heads will be vital and he is one of the best around."

    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)
    Manchester City fans at Anfield

    Manchester City: Here's a picture of the banner that City fans held up in the away end #mcfc

  288. 13:31: 
    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    Joe Hart is pumped. 'Come on boys, let's 'ave it!' he bellows as he slaps Vincent Kompany on the back repeatedly. He's carrying an injury Joe...

  289. 13:29: 
    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    Like a kid at Christmas, Steven Gerrard is in the tunnel a long time before his team-mates. Here they come though, Fernandinho sharing an embrace with Brazilian team-mate Philippe Coutinho.

    BBC RadioLiverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "We have got ourselves in the frame for today's epic game because of the games that have gone by, like the Everton game and the Arsenal game here. As you get nearer the finishing post things get a little bit more tense. The atmosphere today is electric."

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    Matt Harding: Looking at the benches you'd expect Liverpool are going to have to win it with the 11 that start. City have some decent subs.

    Steve Howes; Games played this season LFC 38 MCFC 50 CFC 49 & still in CL. Liverpool have had it easy, if they don't win it'd be a scandal!

    Ben Berwick: Got a gut feeling it will be Liverpool 4 Man C 2. Don't why, just what my instincts tell me. Daughter's bear is in his LFC kit!

  292. 13:26: 
    The title race
    Premier League

    A quick reminder before we get going then on how the land lies. Liverpool lead the way by two points from Chelsea, with City having those two games in hand. They could prove crucial.

    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    If any Liverpool player didn't grasp the size of this game before the drive to Anfield - they do now...

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    Elliott Aiston: As a neutral, going to go for a 7-4 Liverpool win. Both teams like to attack so why not, especially with Demichelis' defending.

    Nathan J Pedersen: It must be a very confusing day for Man Utd fans. Who would they rather see win?

    Pedro Sanchez: City have the recent league winning experience. Liverpool have the roaring Merseyside crowd. Both contenders. 2-1 Liverpool.

  295. 13:23: 
    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    The sun is well and truly out now. Great atmosphere building at Anfield, not a spare seat in the house. Who would miss this one?

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    Neil Gibson: I left school the day of THAT Michael Thomas goal in 1989, I'm 44 this year. Too long to wait for such a huge league game. #lfc

    Ryan Crombleholme: I fancy a strong City start, then Liverpool to blitz them when they drop their concentration. 3-2 to Liverpool.

    Russell George: Liverpool vs Man City is huge. I work in Saudi Arabia and this is the only game being talked about. Come on you Reds!

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton

    "Kompany/Suarez and Gerrard/Yaya Toure the key battles today. Whichever players get on top in those battles, dominate key areas.

    "Testament to the job Brendan Rodgers has done that Liverpool have this opportunity today. Manager of the Year regardless for me."

  298. 13:16: 
    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    The Kop is pretty much full now, flags galore.

    Manchester City legends Mike Summerbee and Joe Corrigan present a wreath to Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush as Anfield remembers Hillsborough.


    Opta Joe: 4 - Liverpool have won all four home meetings with fellow members of the top seven this season, scoring 14 and conceding once. Fortress.

  300. 13:10: 
    Liverpool v Man City (13:37 BST)

    Manchester City have only won one of their previous 16 Premier League matches at Anfield (D5 L10), with that win coming back in May 2003.

    They are due one.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 13 Apr 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Liverpool 34 51 77
No movement 2 Chelsea 34 42 75
No movement 3 Man City 32 54 70
No movement 4 Everton 33 22 66
No movement 5 Arsenal 33 16 64
No movement 6 Tottenham 34 0 60
No movement 7 Man Utd 33 18 57
No movement 8 Southampton 34 5 48
No movement 9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
No movement 10 Stoke 34 -10 43
No movement 11 West Ham 33 -7 37
No movement 12 Crystal Palace 33 -15 37
No movement 13 Hull 33 -6 36
No movement 14 Aston Villa 33 -14 34
No movement 15 Swansea 34 -5 33
No movement 16 West Brom 33 -11 33
No movement 17 Norwich 34 -27 32
No movement 18 Fulham 34 -40 30
No movement 19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
No movement 20 Sunderland 32 -25 25

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