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Summary

  1. Victory moves Arsenal up to third
  2. Liverpool beat Man City 2-1 at Anfield
  3. Man City remain five points behind Chelsea

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right then, that's the Premier League done and dusted for another weekend so I recommend you hop on over to our League Cup final coverage as Chelsea and Tottenham slug it out.

    Cheerio.

  2. Sticky situation for Toffees?

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Are Everton in a relegation battle? Roberto Martinez's side have won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches (W1 D4 L6) and while they are six points above the relegation zone, that gap could soon get smaller if they don't start picking up wins soon...

  3. Player reaction

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, speaking to BT Sport: "We knew we had to bounce back, we knew Everton would come at us as they tend to do.

    "We had to be careful of them hitting us on the break, especially after Wednesday night's lesson. Going into the break 1-0 up was a big boost for us and we were able to control things more in the second half."

  4. Player reaction

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, speaking to BT Sport: "Arsene Wenger gave me the possibility to bounce back. We wanted to do that together and I think we did well this afternoon. We started on the front foot and pressed them high.

    "We will take things step-by-step. We just want to focus on our games, we just need to keep doing what we are doing."

  5. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, speaking about Olivier Giroud: "I defended Olivier Giroud because nobody misses chances on purpose. Everyone misses chances and even if strikers don't score if you finish 0-0 it is still a good result. He deserved his goal today."

  6. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "We were focused, it was a mentally determined performance. You could see we suffered on Wednesday night against Monaco and that was still in our mind but we were patient, that got us a good chance and we got a good win today.

    "We were a bit cautious. We just wanted to do our job and win. I am very happy with the mental aspect of our response. With the ball we could do better but the win was the focus today. We just needed the win because the result was very significant for the rest of the season.

    "It is tight at the top of the table. It is down to consistency."

  7. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez, speaking to BBC Sport: "We didn't deserve the scoreline that is for sure. I thought we did many good things. It was disappointing to concede from a dead-ball situation, that is the last thing you want to do when you come to places like this but in the second half we were terrific. We created very good chances, pushed Arsenal back, but unfortunately they got a deflected goal. It has been a reflection of our season really.

    "It will take a bit of momentum in terms of results. If you get two or three wins everything changes. We have not had any momentum this season and that is reflected in the points tally but all we can do is get ready for the next game, try to discover that momentum and finish the season as strongly as we can."

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    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    James in Glasgow: Been a good response today from the Gunners after Monaco. What a fight it's going to be for a Champions League place next season. Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool. Choose any two from three.

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  9. Never too late...

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Arsenal

    With all the brouhaha about Arsenal's defeat by Monaco, it is easy to forget just how brilliant their league form has been recently.

    Late title push on the cards?

  10. Championship full-time

    Norwich 2-0 Ipswich

    It is also all over in today's Championship game as goals from Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban secure Norwich a league double over local rivals Ipswich.

    City move up to third in the table with the win.

  11. Premier League table

    As it stands

    Premier League

    Not a vintage display by Arsenal, but one that goes some way to making up for their limp display against Monaco in midweek. Importantly, it keeps them firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish as they move up to third with 51 points, three clear of fifth-place Liverpool.

  12. FULL-TIME

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Emirates Stadium

    "Arsenal were made to work extremely hard for this win and Everton will feel hard done by that they did not come out of the game with a point. Arsenal get the win and keep the pressure on for a top-four finish."

  13. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Luke Garbutt's cross deflects behind and Everton win a corner. Garbutt takes it, but the ball is headed away by Santi Cazorla.

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    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Niall ODonnell: Great substitution by Arsene.

    Prajwal Panday: Give Francis Coquelin a medal already!

    EPM: Could Roberto Martinez win the Europa League but take Everton down?

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  15. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Everton look out of fight with Arsenal storming forward for a third. Santi Cazorla tries to wriggle his way though the defence to get a shot off, but his run is blocked, before Tim Howard bats away Tomas Rosicky's drive.

  16. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Hope for Everton? There will be SEVEN minutes of stoppage time, most of those as a result of Francis Coquelin's injuries.

  17. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton

    Francois Coquelin goes off with a bloody nose

    Moments before that game Francis Coquelin, who has been in a right old battle today, had to go off with a bloodied nose, with Calum Chambers replacing him.

  18. GOAL

    Arsenal 2-0 Everton - Tomas Rosicky

    Tomas Rosicky celebrates

    Surely there is no way back now for Everton as Tomas Rosicky scores Arsenal's second. For the first time, Mesut Ozil is left alone on the left and he sweeps the ball to Rosicky on the edge of the area and his low drive deflects off the unfortunate Phil Jagielka and into the net.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Danny Welbeck has four minutes plus injury time to find a second for Arsenal as the striker is sent on by Arsene Wenger for Alexis Sanchez.

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    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Dale Whelan: Roberto Martinez keeps starting with three defensive midfielders. Why? Let's be more creative. Use Darron Gibson - he's different class.

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  21. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Arsenal have everyone back except for Olivier Giroud as Everton try to force an opening. The Gunners look quite happy to let them have the ball, though, as Everton stroke the ball from right to left, before Luke Garbutt fires in a cross that David Ospina punches clear.

  22. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Third and final change for Everton as midfielder Darron Gibson comes on for Gareth Barry.

  23. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Arsenal fans want Theo Walcott on the pitch but the forward stays on the bench for now as Tomas Rosicky comes on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Eight minutes to go.

  24. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Arsenal, though, have a glorious chance for a second that would surely kill the game off as they win possession inside the Everton half and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain runs towards the area with Mesut Ozil in support. Oxlade-Chamberlain slides a pass to the German, who takes too long to shoot and Phil Jagielka is across to deflect the shot over.

  25. YELLOW CARD

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    A shockingly poor pass by Gabriel Paulista gifts possession to Aaron Lennon midway inside the Arsenal area and Laurent Koscielny goes in heavy to prevent the winger racing through, picking up a yellow as a result. He won't be happy with his defensive partner for forcing him to commit the foul in the first place.

  26. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Still no changes for Arsenal as Everton make a second change of the game - Steven Naismith coming on for Muhamed Besic.

  27. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Everton striker Romalu Lukaku

    This is a good away performance by Everton. They've posed an attacking threat and have also got things mostly right defensively with Arsenal's creative players rarely given a moment's rest.

    Alexis Sanchez has the ball on the left, but immediately has two Everton players for company and he can't find a way through. Moments later, Ross Barkley shoots high over for the Toffees.

  28. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Ian, Whitley Bay: Re Abdul Said at 51 mins: So Jose Mourinho's Chelsea would have to lose four of their remaining 12 games - 33% of them? Got to admire the guy's optimism (even if one of those matches is at the Emirates)!

    Ewan, Portsmouth: Is it possible Arsenal could catch Manchester City and nip second? We have a reasonable fixture list...

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  29. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    David Ospina is certainly earning his pay packet today as he denies Everton again. This time, Seamus Coleman gets the better of Kieran Gibbs on the right, cuts the ball back for Aaron Lennon, whose first-time shot is held by Ospina.

  30. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Francis Coquelin is made of tough stuff as he shakes off that knock and play is back under way.

  31. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Francois Coquelin lies injured

    There's a break in play as Francis Coquelin is down receiving treatment after a nasty clash of heads with Olivier Giroud. With Everton pressing, losing Coquelin's defensive qualities at this point of the game would be a real blow for Arsenal.

  32. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Arsenal could certainly do with some magic from Santi Cazorla because Everton are definitely not out of this, only a fine save by David Ospina denying them an equaliser as the Gunners' keeper tips over Romelu Lukaku's fierce drive at the near post.

  33. Championship latest

    Norwich 2-0 Ipswich

    Norwich v Ipswich

    The clock ticks past the hour mark in the East Anglia derby - and Norwich are well on course to earn the bragging rights.

    The Canaries double their lead through Lewis Grabban and look set to soar to third in the Championship table.

    Follow all the thrills and spills from Carrow Road with our dedicated live text commentary.

  34. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    David Ljunggren: Part of Everton's problem seems to be that Gareth Barry is really slowing down. He runs as if his boots are made of concrete.

    Pete Cash: A second goal would be nice...

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  35. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Beautiful football from Arsenal as they threaten for the first time in this half. Santi Cazorla comes inside from the right, plays a one-two with Olivier Giroud before launching a shot just over.

  36. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    And on comes on-loan Tottenham man Aaron Lennon to the predictable sound of boos from Arsenal fans. He replaces Kevin Mirallas.

  37. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Ross Barkley is allowed to run at the Arsenal defence and gets to the edge of the area, where Gabriel Paulista makes the decision to stick in a boot and get the ball clear. Aaron Lennon is warming up for the away side.

  38. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Seamus Coleman tackles Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is having a great game both defensively and offensively and, after setting up Olivier Giroud, he is back in the Arsenal box to deflect away Seamus Coleman's attempted cross.

    Everton are enjoying 55% of the possession, surely the pressure will tell eventually?

  39. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Arsenal soak up the pressure and finally get the chance to get forward themselves as Olivier Giroud is picked out by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain inside the area. The striker muscles off Phil Jagielka but the defender does enough to block the shot.

  40. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Everton's Luke Garbutt takes on Hector Bellerin

    Arsenal are having to withstand some pressure as Everton win a couple of corners, swung in by Luke Garbutt. Arsenal head the latest one away but only as far as Muhamed Besic, who knocks a deep cross to Kevin Mirallas at the far post and he twice has a go at goal, but both shots are blocked.

  41. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Riley Impey: What is it with Everton? Every time they take a step forward they take two steps back.

    Cliff B: Everton this season - passing for the sake of passing and going forward about as far as an asthmatic beached whale usually.

    Abdul Said: Just a reminder - as it stands Arsenal are nine points (or three wins) from the top spot. That will include Chelsea at home...

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  42. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    David Ospina flaps unconvincingly at the resulting free-kick, taken by Luke Garbutt, before Gareth Barry shoots just over. Good start to the second half by Everton.

  43. YELLOW CARD

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    In a carbon copy start to the first half, Ross Barkley quickly drives at the Arsenal defence, turns Hector Bellerin inside out but his cross is poor and Arsenal clear. The Toffees come forward again through Seamus Coleman, who is brought down by Olivier Giroud and the Arsenal goalscorer is shown the yellow card.

  44. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Ed, Bristol: Arsenal second in Premier League form guide to Liverpool. Seems a bit harsh all this talk of a team on the slide. Certainly compared to the rest of the Premier League. Premier League on the slide compared to Europe. That's more the point.

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  45. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    You would have to go back to 1996 for the last time Everton won at Arsenal, is the wait for victory set to continue?

    The Toffees get the second half under way.

  46. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Gabriel Paulista

    After almost gifting Everton the lead, Gabriel Paulista grew into the game and ended up making some key contributions, notably making a vital challenge on Romelu Lukaku while his one appearance in the Everton box almost resulted in Arsenal's second goal.

  47. HALF-TIME STATS

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Arsenal

    It took Arsenal until the 27th minute to register a shot on target and their nervy start is highlighted by the fact that Everton dominated possession in the first half.

    However, once Arsenal got the breakthrough they looked a much more confident side, finishing with a total seven attempts on goal, compared to just two for Everton.

  48. HALF-TIME

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Emirates Stadium

    Olivier Giroud scores for Arsenal

    "Arsenal started shakily. It took a terrific Gabriel Paulista challenge to wake them up and they lead through Olivier Giroud's goal. Early steps on the road to redemption."

  49. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Two minutes of added time but Arsenal will wish it was longer. They are firmly on the front foot now.

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    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Wale Ibraheem: Olivier Giroud just had to score to erase the memory of that awful mid-week performance. Redemption!

    Keaton Clark: Every time I watch Everton play there's always something missing. Feels like 90% of what they do amounts to nothing.

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  51. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Santi Cazorla rolls the ball inside on the edge of the area to open up space for himself before curling a shot that Tim Howard has to push over. The corner is then flicked on by Gabriel Paulista and Muhamed Besic's attempted clearance almost ends up in his own net, but Howard reacts quickly to hold the ball on the line.

  52. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton

    Arsene Wenger pulled no punches in his programme notes in his assessment of the Gunners' display against Monaco, but he stood by Oliver Giroud and that decision has paid off.

    The shackles are off after that goal and Arsenal are on the hunt for a second before the break.

  53. GOAL

    Arsenal 1-0 Everton - Olivier Giroud

    Olivier Giroud celebrates

    Just what Arsenal needed! They win another corner and make it count as Mesut Ozil fires the ball into the area and Olivier Giroud is there to steer a perfect finish into the far corner, prompting double fist pump from Arsene Wenger.

  54. League Cup final build-up

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    We've just seen footage of the Chelsea players arriving at Wembley for the League Cup final, including a mean and moody Diego Costa who has a pair of earphones plugged into his lugholes.

    But we're not going to bore all you Arsenal and Everton fans with the details.

    If the first showpiece of the English season is more your cup of tea, we suggest you go to our instead...

  55. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    A ripple of applause acknowledges Arsenal's recent attacks as the hosts enjoy their best spell of the game. However their foray forward leaves them exposed to a counter as Romelu Lukaku picks up a pass and charges into the the Gunners' area. He looks certain to score but Gabriel Paulista is across to time a tackle to perfection and end the opportunity.

  56. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Dan, Malvern: Here's a big chance for Arsenal to prove they aren't a team on the slide. They have the players, the manager and a stadium full of fans cheering them on... So why is my stomach full of fear?

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  57. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Everton have seven players back in the box as Arsenal come forward once again, attacking the right side of the Toffees defence as Alexis Sanchez tries to squeeze a shot through the crowd, but it is blocked. Hector Bellerin then gets into the area, but his low drive is blocked by Phil Jagielka.

  58. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez

    That chance has sparked Arsenal into life and they are attacking with speed and purpose now. Alexis Sanchez passes to Kieran Gibbs on the edge of the area, he floats in a cross that Phil Jagielka heads away before Gibbs sends a tame effort wide.

  59. Championship latest

    Norwich 1-0 Ipswich

    First blood in the East Anglia derby goes to the in-form hosts. Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson powers in a left-footed stinger midway through the first half - that's his third goal in four matches and his 10th of a productive campaign.

    Follow all the thrills and spills from Carrow Road with our dedicated live text commentary.

  60. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Everton let Santi Cazorla go for one second and almost pay the price as he races into the Toffees' half, exchanging passes with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez on the left before the latter crosses for Olivier Giroud in the middle of the area, but his header is just wide. Better from the hosts.

  61. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Santi Cazorla has had a hand in six goals in his last five Premier League games and Everton are well aware of the threat he poses. As soon as he gets the ball he has three blue shirts around him and that is further hampering Arsenal's attacking threat which, at the moment, is largely nonexistent.

  62. Text us on 81111

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Shaun, Harrogate: Manuel Pellegrini's insistence on playing 'nice' football is proving very 'nice' for us Chelsea fans. Tactically naive to play 4-4-2 against Barca, then away at Liverpool.

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  63. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Mesut Ozil loses possession needlessly and Arsenal fans are quick to let their frustrations known with loud groans. So far, this is not the performance they were hoping to see after the Monaco defeat.

  64. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Oh dear, this is exactly what Arsene Wenger did not want to see - suicidal defending - and it is Gabriel Paulista who is guilty of it.

    He fails to clear with Romelu Lukaku lurking and the big striker steals possession and races through on goal. Arsenal keeper David Ospina is quick off his line to paw the ball away and spare his team-mate's blushes.

  65. 'Most important derby for a decade'

    Norwich 0-0 Ipswich

    Alex Neil and Mick McCarthy

    "It's the most important derby for 10 years," says Ipswich fan Carl Day.

    "There's always something on this game, but this is a real biggie," says former Norwich defender Craig Fleming.

    There's plenty riding on today's East Anglian derby at Carrow Road. Alex Neil's Norwich are the Championship's in-form team after recording five straight victories, and will move to within a point of an automatic promotion place with a win.

    Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side have been inconsistent since the turn of the year, but are still in the automatic promotion race themselves.

    It is still goalless after 15 minutes - follow the whole match with our dedicated live text commentary.

  66. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku has plenty of what Arsenal don't - confidence. He races on to a long ball down the right flank, cuts inside and lets fly with a shot. It is blocked, but the loose ball bounces to Muhamed Besic loitering outside the area but he launches a shot high into the stands. He hasn't scored for Everton, and that effort shows why...

  67. Text us on 81111

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    JP, York: Chelsea could all but win two trophies in the same afternoon!

    Rory, Bristol: I wonder how much Inter Milan are regretting letting Philippe Coutinho go?

    Mo, Manchester: Goal of the season for March from our magician. A wonderful goal but the importance of it is enormous! Absolutely love him!

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  68. Rodgers raves about relentless Reds

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Sky Sports: "I have to take my hat off to players. To get back at half four in the early hours of Friday morning - by the time they got to bed it was six, and they had to sleep all of Friday. We then did some light work yesterday, but to come out and play like they did, they were relentless.

    "They restricted a top team to just one shot on target and deserve all the praise they will get. The character of this team was questioned at the beginning of this season, but we were just trying to find a rhythm and balance to the team, with little time and lots of new players. It hasn't just happened; they have worked hard, and believed in how they were working."

  69. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earns Arsenal their first corner of the game. Santi Cazorla swings it in and Everton fail to clear before Alexis Sanchez picks up the ball on the left side of the area. He twists, turns and floats a cross out of play.

  70. Difference was two "beautiful" goals - Pellegrini

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It was a close game but Liverpool won because they scored two beautiful goals. But in the first half we lost too many balls, especially in the first 15 minutes. After that we equalised and then hit the post through Aguero. But in the second half we didn't arrive in their box so we tried to change our style of play.

    "Playing two up front at Anfield was the best decision. It was a close game and they won the game when we had one striker on. I'm concerned that we are losing the ball too much - pressure is a factor. There is much we must analyse to improve.

    On falling five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea: "It is three points less with one game less. Of course it is difficult to reach the top of table if you lose three points. But we must keep going and try to return to our normal performance and see where it takes us."

  71. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Goonerama: Next two England captains playing today - Jordan Henderson then John Stones. You heard it here first.

    James Rowan AFC: Big game for Gabriel to prove himself for a regular starting place.

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  72. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Before the Monaco defeat, Arsenal had won their last nine home games in all competitions but they are lacking the sort of swagger they should have with such a record. They look nervy and disjointed, how a goal would settle nerves on the pitch and in the stands.

  73. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsenal get forward for the first time as Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain combine on the right flank before the latter attempts to release Mesut Ozil, but the German had just strayed offside as the pass was made.

  74. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsenal certainly look like a side lacking a little in confidence as they are struggling to get the ball off Everton and string a few passes together in these early stages. The Toffees have another chance to test the Gunners' backline as Luke Garbutt swings in a free-kick from the right, but it is headed away.

  75. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Gabriel controls the ball for Arsenal

    Gabriel Paulista is the man to come in alongside Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the Arsenal defence, which is quickly tested as Ross Barkley surges forward, breaks into the Gunners' area but he is pushed wide and the chance is gone.

  76. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    It is a gloriously sunny day in London, the kind of weather that appears to have ensured Gunners fans have arrived at Emirates Stadium in a forgiving mood. There are plenty of smiles on the faces of the home fans as Arsenal get things under way.

  77. To Emirates Stadium...

    Arsenal v Everton (14:05 GMT)

    Emirates

    There's no time to take a breather as we move straight onto the next Premier League game - Arsenal v Everton.

    Per Mertesacker pays the price for his part in what Arsene Wenger called "suicidal" defending in the midweek 3-1 defeat to Monaco as he drops to the bench.

    Will Wenger get the response he is after? You'd have to fancy their chances of securing victory today, especially considering Everton's woeful record at the Gunners - the Toffees have won none of their last 20 away matches against Arsenal in all competitions.

    Still, plenty of people expected Arsenal to brush aside Monaco on Wednesday, so anything could happen...

  78. As it stands

    Premier League table

    Premier League

    If Chelsea's players needed any further encouragement as they arrive at Wembley, they've got it. Manchester City's defeat means they are five points behind the Blues in the race for the title.

    Liverpool move above Southampton into fifth as they aim for Champions League qualification for the second season running. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers says that a top-four finish this term would be more impressive that last season's runners-up spot...

    Liverpool are now level with Arsenal, who are just about to kick off against Everton. Gary Rose to take you through the action...

  79. Henderson hails Reds character

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, speaking to Sky Sports: "We showed great character to stay in the game and Philippe won it for us with a fantastic goal. We have to keep going now, every game is big. Burnley will be a tough game for us, but this result will give us great confidence."

    On his goal: "It was just a break and Raheem found us. I took a touch and thought: 'Have a go.' Thankfully it went in."

  80. We deserved win - Lallana

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana: "That's a massive win for us. We've got momentum, they're the champions and we deserved it. The little magician - Coutinho - at the end, came up with a wonderful goal. With players like that we'll go far.

    "Our system has been causing problems for opponents, the manager said keep patient and find the space. We thought we were unlucky not to go in ahead at half-time. The lads showed character, many played extra time in midweek and had a long flight but we showed we can keep fighting."

  81. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    "Manchester City's title challenge isn't in tatters but it's certainly floundering now. A bad day all round for them but what a game, with two world class goals, from world class players."

  82. FULL-TIME

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

    Indeed it isn't Manchester City's day - today it is all about Liverpool. Anfield erupts as Mark Clattenburg peeps his final whistle, sparking a huge roar from the home fans as the Reds players surround matchwinner Philippe Coutinho to congratulate him.

  83. INJURY TIME

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    When Sergio Aguero scuffs a presentable chance in an opposition box, you know it's not* going to be your day.

    * Probably

  84. INJURY TIME

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Daniel Sturridge has another opportunity to pull the trigger in the City box, but Aleksander Kolarov races back to pick his pocket.

  85. INJURY TIME

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    The illuminated electronic board shows the Anfield crowd that there will be three minutes of stoppage time. Three minutes for City to deny Liverpool a vital win...

  86. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Yaya Toure springs into life as he drives Manchester City forward in search of a late leveller. He tees up David Silva, who wildly lashes high and wide into the City fans behind the Anfield Road gaol.

  87. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    "Yaya Toure has been caught in possession more than once over what has been a difficult afternoon for him. Manchester City have thrown caution to the wind, and quite rightly. But they're not going to get far playing passes like that. They needed to win this game."

  88. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Golden opportunity for Liverpool substitute Daniel Sturridge to seal it against his former club.... but no. The England striker drags his shot across the face of the City goal after Jordan Henderson dispossesses a sluggish Yaya Toure.

  89. YELLOW CARD

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    City substitute Wilfried Bony goes into the book after a leaping into a high challenge with Adam Lallana. The Ivorian is all arms and elbows, like Lee Chapman back in the 1990s, and the home crowd are baying for blood. Referee Mark Clattenburg reckons a yellow card suffices.

  90. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Liverpool look to kill this match off. Philippe Coutinho is again the danger man for City, but sees his strike deflected over the crossbar by the body of City skipper Vincent Kompany.

  91. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Brendan Rodgers and Manuel Pellegrini exchange substitutions again. Former City centre-back Kolo Toure coming on as the Reds try to protect their lead, while Frank Lampard is given the nod by City.

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    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Zavair Baakza: Philippe Coutinho! You beauty you! Exactly like last season. A sincere thanks from a Chelsea fan.

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  93. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    If anyone is going to haul City level, then you'd be a fool not to back Sergio Aguero. The Argentina striker keeps the ball glued to his right foot as he wriggles into a tiny gap, before flashing a low shot across the face of goal.

  94. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Moments after Liverpool bring on Daniel Sturridge for Lazar Markovic, Manchester City respond with the introduction of their own forward. Big-money January signing Wilfried Bony replaces Fernandinho - his first Blues goal would be a very timely boost for the visitors...

  95. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    Gary Lineker

    Match of the day presenter

    Philippe Coutinho celebrates

    "What a player. What a goal! Philippe Coutinho gives Liverpool a well deserved lead. A wonderfully gifted footballer."

  96. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    "It's Philippe Coutinho again. Over the last two or three weeks he has hit a succession of shots like that. I didn't think we would see a goal better than Jordan Henderson's for a week or two, but Coutinho has provided it an hour later. City have got their backs to the wall again now."

  97. GOAL

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City - Philippe Coutinho

    Philippe Coutinho scores Liverpool's second
    Philippe Coutinho scores Liverpool's second

    Liverpool don't need a penetrative ball when they've got Philippe Coutinho! The brilliant Brazilian produces a rabbit out of the hat, lashing in an unstoppable drive from 25 yards. City keeper Joe Hart is left stranded.

    Coutinho, who you might remember scored a stunning winner in this fixture last year, might have netted another vital goal against City. Fifteen minutes for City to find an equaliser....

  98. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Decent spell of pressure from Liverpool. But they don't seem to have a final ball to penetrate the Manchester City defence.

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    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    David Simpson: Breaking down for Liverpool in the final phase. Daniel Sturridge coming on will change that.

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  100. JP gets a soaking

    Arsenal v Everton (14:05 GMT)

    Arsenal

    While the rain starts to fall on Merseyside, one man has already received a soaking in north London... It has not been the best start to the day for Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce.

    While speaking on MOTD2 Extra earlier he got a bit of a soaking from the Emirates sprinklers and, understandably, did not look best pleased.

    It is never nice to laugh at another person's misfortune but, we have to admit, the video is pretty amusing. Even Arsenal fans still reeling from the midweek Champions League defeat by Monaco should be able to raise a smile...

  101. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is limbering up on the touchline as rain starts to lash down on Anfield. Suspect it won't be long until we see the England man....

  102. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Here's a sentence you don't write often - what a complete waste from the left boot of David Silva. The Spain midfielder overcooks the free-kick and Liverpool are happy to see the ball drift out for a goal kick.

  103. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Patient play from Manchester City as they stroke the ball around the Liverpool half, trying to pick a hole in the red blanket ahead of them. That passage comes to an abrupt end when Reds defender Alberto Moreno fouls Pablo Zabaleta on the right edge of the home penalty area...

  104. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    If someone asked me to call this match then I'm afraid that I'd have to bottle it. Hard to predict.

    Liverpool almost create an opportunity to retake the lead, Alberto Moreno scampering down the left flank after a lofted Jordan Henderson pass. Moreno is like a Golden Retriever chasing a ball in your local park. But Joe Hart sees the danger and lets himself off his leash to gather.

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    Arsenal v Everton (14:05 GMT)

    Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

    Edmund Emiowei: Per Mertesacker paying the price for his midweek shambles, as expected. Hope Gabriel can keep him out Per-manently!

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  106. Team news

    Arsenal v Everton (14:05 GMT)

    Defender Per Mertesacker appears to pay the price for a poor performance in the Champions League defeat by Monaco as he is replaced by Gabriel Paulista in the Arsenal defence.

    Mertesacker drops to the bench, as does Danny Welbeck, but Olivier Giroud, who missed several chances against Monaco, retains his place in the side. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in for Welbeck.

    John Stones, Ross Barkley and Muhamed Besic are recalled to the Everton team as Roberto Martinez makes three changes from the team that started against BSC Young Boys in the Europa League on Thursday.

    Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud.

    Everton XI: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Garbutt, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku.

  107. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    "Come on Cit-eh, come on Cit-eh!" roar the away fans behind the goal which their heroes are attacking.

    Anfield is the only ground where the Blues have not won during the Shiekh Mansour era. And they won't win this one if Fernandinho continues to knock attempted throughballs out for a goal kick....

  108. SHOWBOAT

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Man City defender Aleksandar Kolarov

    We have just seen the best and worst of Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov in a matter of seconds. The Serbian produces a beautiful flick to skin Lazar Markovic in the left channel of the Liverpool box, only to shank his cross high across the box. What a waste.

  109. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    "Liverpool had a golden chance to take the lead (see 52 mins) but they came unstuck because they're without a proper striker. An Ian Rush, anybody who is born to score goals, would put that away with absolutely no problem."

  110. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    First change of the afternoon - and it is City boss Manuel Pellegrini who blinks first. Goalscorer Edin Dzeko is the man hooked, with midfielder James Milner scampering on to the field in his place. That suggests a change of formation for the visitors, with their 4-4-2 turning into Aguero playing up top on his own. Milner occupies a position on the left.

  111. YELLOW CARD

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Referee Mark Clattenburg has been reluctant to dish out the bookings so far, but City midfielder Samir Nasri finally leaves him with no choice. The Frenchman clips the heels of Philippe Coutinho and becomes the first player to see yellow.

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    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Karl, Southampton: Dejan Lovren is a shadow of the player he was at Southampton. Don't think he can handle the pressure of 'big club' football.

    nyashamandishonha: Liverpool will come big out of this with Daniel Sturridge in but they need to maintain the intensity and pace.

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  113. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Muted cheers from the Liverpool fans as Adam Lallana - for the second time this afternoon - is denied by the linesman's flag. The Reds midfielder converts Martin Skrtel's headed knockdown from a free-kick, but can see the flag flapping in the corner of his eye. That was a tight call. Very tight.

  114. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal v Everton (14:05 GMT)

    Just away from this game momentarily and we have breaking team news to bring you from the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is replaced by Gabriel Paulista, who makes his first Premier League start, in defence.

    Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud.

  115. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling

    Groans from the Anfield Kop as they see Raheem Sterling squander a decent chance in front of them. The England man nips in ahead of Pablo Zabaleta to meet a right-wing cross, but the City man recovers - just about - to pressure his opponent into scuffing wide.

  116. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Liverpool enjoying an intense spell of possession in the City half. Blues skipper Vincent Kompany, who has looked shakier than usual in recent weeks, is well positioned again to break down another Liverpool attack. Much better from the Belgian.

  117. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Back come Liverpool. Skipper Jordan Henderson drives the home side forward and looks to thread through to Philippe Coutinho. But City skipper Vincent Kompany is alert to brilliantly snuff out the danger with a well-timed slide challenge.

  118. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Man City striker Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City show a sign of their intentions within seconds of the restart. The visitors start at a rapid pace, with right-back Pablo Zabalata clipping up a cute cross on to the head of Sergio Aguero. The little Argentine finds space between the Liverpool centre-backs, but can't keep his header down.

  119. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Liverpool emerge from the Anfield tunnel first, eager to restart the match. Their opponents are a little more reluctant to reappear though, coming out a good couple of minutes after the hosts. Ex-City striker Mario Balotelli wanders out with old colleague Yaya Toure.

    City to get us back up and running.

  120. HALF-TIME STATS

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Liverpool v Manchester City

    Our number-crunching friends at Opta are telling us, as we suspected, that Manchester City are shading both possession and territory after that cracker of a first half.

    But it was the Reds who stuck more shots on target. Can they convert them into goals after the break?

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    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "Sergio Aguero has been involved in five goals (three scored, two assisted) in Manchester City's last three Premier League games."

  122. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Man City
  123. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Danny Murphy

    MOTD2 Extra

    "I think the tempo of the game is brilliant and it is partly because Manchester City have gone with two strikers, as if to say 'we are better than you'. If it had been just one striker the tempo would be lacking."

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    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    lfcway: Chelsea come to Anfield, they park the bus. Manchester City come to Anfield, attack attack. That's why I'd rather see City win the league.

    RougeMen:EF: Joe Allen has been playing like the Welsh Xavi out there today, better late than never.

    Blake keeble: Liverpool are going to be worn out come 60-70 minutes if they keep pressing like this after Thursday's game.

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  125. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Liverpool legend John Barnes receives a huge round of applause as he strolls on to the Anfield pitch at the break. No, the former winger is not coming out to warm up ahead of a second-half appearance. Barnesy is there to give some words of 'encouragement' to the blond-haired Norwegian bloke taking part in the half-time penalty competition.

    Barnesy, unlike his days as a television football presenter, is a natural on the microphone. Any chance of a rendition of the 'World in Motion' rap, John? Please? Nope. But he does stick a left-footed penalty past the stranded keeper to the delight of the Anfield crowd.

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    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Fahd, London: Joe Allen gets way too much stick. Plenty of tackles and interceptions, 95% of his passes go straight to a teammates feet. Good, unflashy player, ridiculous to judge him on goals and assists.

    Seth: Seeing Dejan Lovren on the pitch scares me more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo combined playing against us.

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  127. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on MOTD2 Extra

    "It has been magnificent to watch, both teams have played their part. Manchester City look really dangerous, with Sergio Aguero giving a master class in being a striker, but Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana have caused the away side all sorts of problems. There are more goals to come."

  128. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    "It's been a great half, and 1-1 is a fair scoreline. In the first half hour City were unbalanced and Liverpool deserved their lead - Joe Allen kept picking balls out for Philippe Coutinho to carve the away side open - and we saw an excellent exhibition of football. David Silva then came off his perch on the left and out into the middle, he got hold of the ball a bit more and his contribution towards carving out a goal changed the game. It's been pulsating."

  129. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Man City midfielder Yaya Toure

    In fact, the last action of the half sees City midfielder Yaya Toure give away possession when skulking around the edge of the Liverpool penalty area.

    Referee Mark Clattenburg looks at his watch then gives a short shrill of his whistle. That's the break.

  130. INJURY TIME

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    More uncertainty from the City defence as the electronic board shows there will be one minute of stoppage time. City keeper Joe Hart gathers a scuffed Raheem Sterling shot - but is furious that his England team-mate was allowed to wriggle into space there. And that should be about that.

  131. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Better from Liverpool as a pulsating first half draws to a close. Philippe Coutinho draws a routine save from Joe Hart, before the Reds waste a corner.

  132. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Gary Lineker

    Match of the Day presenter

    Both sides playing a high line despite no pressure on the player in possession. Nonsensical, especially given the modern offside laws.

  133. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    A lull in what has been a frantic first half. Then, City try to take advantage of a high Liverpool defensive line with three piercing throughballs towards Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero. But the pair are caught offside on each occasion. Risky tactic from the home side....

  134. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    "The game is being played at a vicious pace. Manchester City didn't deserve their goal after being hounded and pounded by Liverpool early on but they're looking tons better now. It's a different game now David Silva has come in from where he started on the left."

  135. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    A heart-in the-mouth moment for Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet, who has been impressive in recent weeks after drawing plenty of criticism earlier in the season. The Belgian races off his line to claim a high ball pumped in from deep, but he almost overshoots the penalty area before holding his position to gather.

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    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Stefan Rice: This fixture never fails to disappoint, two teams perfectly displaying how attacking football should be played.

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  137. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Adam Lallana misses for Liverpool

    Premier League champions City look pretty menacing when they spring forward - but then they leave themselves badly exposed at the back.

    Lazar Markovic's nifty lob takes out three-quarters of the City defence, giving Adam Lallana sight of the Blues goal. But the Reds midfielder hurries his low, angled drive and the ball scuttles out for a goal kick.

  138. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Danny Murphy reckons this match could end in any scoreline (see below). I'll take a 5-5 draw please, Danny.

    But Edin Dzeko, who finished a wonderfully-crafted move for City's equaliser, will need to be more accurate than his latest attempt if that is going to happen.

    The Bosnian skies one into the Kop when well-placed inside the Reds area, then has the cheek to claim it took a deflection. Referee Mark Clattenburg is not buying that.

  139. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy

    MOTD2 Extra

    "There is so much quality on that pitch. Anybody can be playing badly and produce a moment like that. This game could be any score."

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    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Stacy Phillips: Liverpool were so concerned about Sergio Aguero getting a shot off, four players were on him, forgetting all about Edin Dzeko.

    Mark Taylor: Can't see Liverpool sustaining this pace for another hour, especially after their Thursday night jaunt. City to come good.

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  141. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    The City fans in the Anfield Road stand are the ones making all the noise now. Momentum has shifted to their side after Edin Dzeko's opener. Spanish magician David Silva conjures up a free-kick, about 35 yards out and towards the left touchline. But City go short, mess around a bit and then cheaply hand back possession with the cheers of the Liverpool fans ringing in their ears.

  142. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on MOTD2 Extra

    "David Silva got in between the lines, found Sergio Aguero who played a beautiful little reverse pass for Edin Dzeko. I can't say it has been coming but there is so much quality on show today."

  143. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-1 Man City - Edin Dzeko

    David Silva celebrates Edin Dzeko's equaliser

    Well, well, well. Liverpool have enjoyed the better chances - but Manchester City are level. The Blues pass their way through the home defence, David Silva and Sergio Aguero combining for Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko to calmly slide past Simon Mignolet from around the penalty spot. And to think most City fans wanted Wilfried Bony to start instead of Dzeko...

  144. Post update

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Neil Lennon

    Former Celtic manager on MOTD2 Extra

    "Both defences look a little unsure, Dejan Lovren has not started that well and Manchester City are trying to force the issue. Liverpool are sitting deep and trying to counter and that worked for them early on but City seem to have a measure of this game now."

  145. Post update

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Liverpool sense more goals here. City's defence is rocking. Pablo Zabaleta is left kicking at thin air as Alberto Moreno breezes past him to lash a rising shot over the away goal.

    Then moments later, hulking City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is left seeing stars as Raheem Sterling turns him inside and out with his quick feet. The England forward flashes a low ball across the City goal, but no-one is there to convert.

  146. Post update

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Groans from the Anfield Kop as Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren and keeper Simon Mignolet go all 'Chuckle Brothers'. It is a case of 'to me, to you' as the pair leave a City throughball to each other. They sort things out though before Sergio Aguero arrives on the scene.

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    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Reiss May: Vincent Kompany just isn't the consistent performer he has been over the last few seasons. Panicky and rash now. Man City's defence is weak.

    Jordan Winter: Jordan Henderson has stepped up his game since Steven Gerrard's intentions to leave came out.

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  148. Post update

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    Man City defender Pablo Zabaleta

    City have responded well to that early setback - and remember they also trailed after six minutes in this fixture last season. In fact, they trailed 2-0 before battling back to 2-2, Oh, then Philippe Coutinho netted a late winner for the Reds. Most neutrals (and Liverpool fans) will settle for that today...

    City right-back Pablo Zabaleta, caught upfield and out of position as Jordan Henderson thumped in the opener, tries to spark his side into life. However, the Argentine fails to find a light blue shirt with a pair of deliveries from the flank.

  149. Post update

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    "Pulsating stuff. Sergio Aguero runs through a channel to the left of the Liverpool goal, he hits a great effort after drawing the goalkeeper but while Jordan Henderson's went in, Aguero's shot hits the post.

    "Manchester City are under the cosh here though, and Joe Allen is the main instigator. He may not be everybody's favourite player but he is operating in so much space here."

  150. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    City almost level! Sergio Aguero latches on to a long punt forward by David Silva as the Reds defence part like the, er, Red Sea. The Argentine beats home keeper Simon Mignolet with a sweet half volley - but he can't beat the right post. This game is wide open...

  151. Post update

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    I'm afraid more questions need to be asked of City skipper Vincent Kompany there. Not the decisive play expected of the Belgian...

  152. Post update

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    Jordan Henderson scores for Liverpool

    "A world class, curling effort right into the top right corner from Jordan Henderson, but Manchester City gave the ball away and that was the catalyst for it. Fernandinho dropped his pass short and it left Vincent Kompany with too much to do."

  153. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-0 Man City - Jordan Henderson

    Jordan Henderson celebrates

    Liverpool aren't denied the lead this time! Anfield erupts as Reds skipper Jordan Henderson arrows a 20-yard screamer into the top left-hand corner of the champions' goal. Wonderful strike!

  154. DISALLOWED GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL

    Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    Adam Lallana blasts a shot past Man City keeper Joe Hart

    Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, moments after firing at City keeper Joe Hart when clean through, sticks the ball in the onion bag with a brilliant volley. But the England man is rightly denied by an offside flag.

  155. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City are still hogging the ball in these early exchanges. A loose ball breaks to Yaya Toure - exactly the man who you want the ball to drop to on the edge of the opposition area. Ah, but not on this occasion. The big Ivorian shins the ball out to the right touchline...

  156. Coming up on BBC TV

    MOTD2 Extra

    While digesting the Anfield latest here, you can also catch Match of the Day 2 Extra for a look back to Saturday's action on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and online from 12:15 GMT. Host Mark Chapman is joined by former England midfielder Danny Murphy, Burnley defender Steven Reid, and Andy Dunn from the Mirror.

    Later there'll be Match of the Day 2 itself - today it's on at 22:30 on BBC One, and from 23:30 for viewers in Scotland.

    Plus tonight there will be highlights of the Chelsea v Tottenham League Cup final on The League Cup Show, on BBC One from 23:35 and from 00:35 in Scotland.

  157. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    Man City striker Sergio Aguero

    Brisk start on Merseyside. Particularly from the visitors, with Sergio Aguero predictably instigating things. City's Argentine talisman fires wide after wriggling clear of the Liverpool defence, but the Reds would have been saved by the linesman's raised flag anyway.

  158. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Anfield

    "I did expect to see Wilfried Bony start the game for Manchester City. You don't pay that sort of money for a player to just come off the bench every game. It's a big, big game, and he's a big player who cost a lot of money. I also expected James Milner to start. This is a perfect game for somebody like him, who is willing to work hard for the team."

  159. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-0 Man City

    The volume button on the music slides down. Referee Mark Clattenburg registers his whistle on the decibel meter for the first time - and Liverpool kick things off.

    Second-placed City aiming to move within two points of leaders Chelsea. Champions League-chasing Liverpool could move level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal.

  160. Post update

    Liverpool v Man City (12:00 GMT)

    Anfield just would not be the same without Gerry and the Pacemakers classic 'You'll Never Walk Alone' blasting out. Best club anthem in football - fact. And I'm more of a Beatles man...

    The travelling City fans try to drown out the Kop with a chorus of "Champione, champione". Sorry Blues, you've not got a chance.

  161. Post update

    Liverpool v Man City (12:00 GMT)

    Both sets of players are lined up in the narrow Anfield tunnel, waiting for the nod to stroll out. Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is particularly vocal, geeing up his team-mates both in English and another language which I can't decipher. He might just have been putting on a comedy accent.

  162. LINE-UPS

    Liverpool v Man City (12:00 GMT)

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Markovic, Henderson, Allen, Moreno, Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana. Subs: Toure, Lambert, Sturridge, Borini, Balotelli, Williams, Ward.

    Man City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Fernando, Milner, Caballero, Bony, Lampard, Clichy, Demichelis.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  163. 'Rodgers deserves credit for defence'

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    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    Football Focus

    "The goalkeeper now has a regular relationship with the three who normally play in defence and that makes a massive difference. Once you get that defensive solidity then you can start to tinker going forward, and Liverpool's tactics now allow them to play an extra attacking player, making up for the loss of Luis Suarez. Plus on the days when you are not quite right defensively, you can still win games with the extra attacking players.

    "Brendan Rodgers deserves loads of credit. And whisper it, but lately nobody is mentioning Steven Gerrard anymore."

  164. Survival of the fittest?

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    Liverpool

    Both sides, as we know, have been involved in European action this week. But Manchester City have enjoyed the benefit of more preparation time than their rivals - and that should prove to be a decisive factor, reckons Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini.

    City have not played since Tuesday, while Liverpool only returned from their Europa League game at Besiktas about 04.30 GMT on Friday.

    "You can't prepare for the game," said Pellegrini, who had Europa League experience with Villarreal. "You finish on Thursday night and the players don't have the 48 hours to recover.

    "It's an advantage for the other team, but we just can't think we are going to win for this reason. It is also about the performance."

  165. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Phil Giles: Four strikers on the bench for Liverpool but none in the starting 11, interesting choice by Brendan Rodgers.

    Dominic O'Caollai: As a Liverpool fan the line-ups scare me. Physically a very weak team going up against Edin Dzkeo, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Vincent Kompany.

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  166. We thrive on pressure - Rodgers

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    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of kick-off: "It's a pressure game, but the team is best working under pressure. They have got top class players, we know we have to pay attention to that but our focus is more about imposing our style on the game and causing them problems."

  167. Sunday's gossip

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    A few interesting bits of tittle tattle in Sunday's Gossip Column, directly involving both Liverpool and Manchester City. Time will tell whether there is much truth in them....

    The most eye-catching - and, I'd suggest, most unlikely to happen - is that City are considering a £100m bid for Barcelona's former Reds striker Luis Suarez. (Mail on Sunday)

    Meanwhile, the Reds are looking at offering out-of-favour City striker Stevan Jovetic the chance to stay in the Premier League, with the Montenegro international set to leave Etihad Stadium in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

    And James Milner has been told to lower his wage demands if he wants to clinch a summer move to Liverpool. (Sunday Express)

  168. 'Naive City were toyed with'

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    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    Football Focus

    "I thought Barcelona toyed with Manchester City in their Champions League game. Yes City were better in the second half, but only because Barca had wound it down. Barca were heads and shoulders ahead of them. City were naive in the way the played."

  169. Post update

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    Liverpool v Man City
  170. Team news

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    Strikers Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli are among the substitutes as Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers makes four changes.

    Jordan Henderson returns to captain the side, while Emre Can is restored to the Reds' three-man defence. Lazar Markovic replaces Jordon Ibe on the right flank while Philippe Coutinho comes back in to join Adam Lallana in supporting Raheem Sterling in attack.

    Manchester City also make four changes with Aleksander Kolarov, Eliaquim Mangala, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure coming into the team in place of Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, Fernando and James Milner.

  171. Lawro's prediction

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    Mark Lawrenson

    "Liverpool can definitely get at Manchester City's defence with their fast attacking players - in the past we have been asking who the best partner is for Vincent Kompany at centre-back, but he is struggling for form right now and he has gone backwards.

    "But City have found form again in attack with nine goals in their last two league games. They can hurt Liverpool too, which is why I think this game will end up as a draw."

    Each week Lawro pits his wits against a different guest. His opponent this weekend? England rugby union star George Ford.

  172. Post update

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    Liverpool v Manchester City

    Let's continuing our analysis of the pre-match Anfield music for a second. Bear with this - it is relevant.

    Kasabian's 'Stevie' is the next to blare out of the speakers - but of course Liverpool's 'Stevie' is nowhere to be seen on the pitch as the players go through their warm-up drills.

    Reds skipper Steven Gerrard misses out again with a hamstring injury. But, as Kasabian sing, I'm sure he will 'live to fight another day' before jetting off to LA Galaxy...

  173. Starting now...

    What a day of football it is. Not only are there two huge Premier League games and the League Cup final, there is also the East Anglia derby in the Championship, while north of the border the Scottish champions are in action.

    Coverage of Celtic's home game against Aberdeen has begun - you can follow it here.

  174. 'A power cut stopped my alarm'

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    Each week we team up with Get Inspired, the BBC initiative which aims to increase participation in sport, to hear tales about your own sporting experiences.

    Today we want to know about the occasions you have missed out on playing in a big game. The quirkier the better.

    James Wilson: I missed the cup final between Farrington Gurney and my previous side Chilcompton as I snoozed and a power cut stopped my alarm going off for a Sunday 3pm kick off.

    Jos Morris: Once drove all the way from Cardiff to Holyhead for the Dublin ferry, only to be told that the minibus I was driving was too high for the ferry. The lads did well without me.

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  175. "May the best Toure win!"

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    Split picture of Yaya and Kolo Toure

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Twitter: "Love my big bro. He has taught me so much. But today... May the best Toure - sorry - Team win!!"

  176. Post update

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    Whoever is controlling the Anfield pre-match jukebox is clearly a fan of early 2000s indie rock. Nickleback, The Automatic, Razorlight and Kaiser Chiefs are among the tunes blasting out to entertain the early arrivals at Anfield.

    A loud cheer goes up from the few thousand home fans already in their seats when the home side stroll out for a limber up. Reds forward Daniel Sturridge, who starts on the bench, looks chipper and breaks into a beaming smile as he warmly embraces City skipper Vincent Kompany.

    Sturridge is a former City player of course....

  177. Post update

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    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "After what happened at the end of their European games this week, what price a penalty proving decisive here?

    "While Dejan Lovren's miss ended Liverpool's Europa League hopes, Joe Hart's save from Lionel Messi just about kept Man City alive in the Champions League. Just about.

    "It also served as a major boost to City's spirits as they resume their chase of Chelsea - a chase that is back on after a two-point gain on the Premier League leaders last weekend."