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Report: Reds stun Man City to edge seven-goal Anfield clash

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 20:54

Liverpool stunned Manchester City to become the first team in the Premier League to defeat them this season – and extend their own unbeaten run to 18 matches – with a 4-3 victory at Anfield on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wonderful run-and-finish gave the Reds an early lead, but Leroy Sane restored parity before the interval when he cut in from the left and fired into the back of the net at the near post.

However, an incredible spell in the second half saw Jürgen Klopp’s side power into a 4-1 lead as they rattled the visitors.

First, Roberto Firmino shrugged John Stones off to reach Oxalde-Chamberlain’s pass and delicately lift a finish over Ederson.

Mane then cracked the post before driving into the top corner just moments later from the edge of the area after Mohamed Salah had won the ball back.

Salah then got in on the act himself, scooping Ederson’s poor attempted clearance over the goalkeeper and into the net from 40 yards.

Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan grabbed late consolations for City, but it was a day that firmly belonged to Liverpool.

The key points…

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain fires Reds into ninth-minute lead with fine solo effort.
  • Sane levels before half-time with powerful run and strike.
  • Otamendi struck top of crossbar with header in second half.
  • Firmino chip restores Liverpool lead on the hour before Mane adds quick-fire third.
  • Salah makes it four, lofting Ederson’s poor clearance into the net from 40 yards.
  • Bernando Silva and Gundogan reduce deficit for visitors, but hosts hold on.
  • Liverpool unbeaten streak now 18 matches, while City suffered first league loss of the season.

The team news…

Liverpool made three changes to the line-up deployed against Everton last time out. Dejan Lovren returned and captained the side with Virgil van Dijk ruled out due to a tight hamstring. Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum also started, while Loris Karius was selected in goal.

The first half…

On a bitterly cold Anfield afternoon, the hosts set about looking to become the first team to overturn the league leaders in the division this season.

And just three minutes had elapsed when Firmino’s ball over the top released Mane into space. The No.19 couldn’t get it fully under control and it rolled for Salah, whose whack was blocked by the thigh of Stones.

Indeed, Liverpool had started the contest strongly – and they duly took the lead with nine gone.

Oxlade-Chamberlain pounced on possession 25 yards from goal, burst beyond two blue jerseys before arrowing a low shot across Ederson and into the bottom corner.

The Reds’ approach was causing Pep Guardiola’s side plenty of concern and Salah threated a second shortly after, but could only stab wide at the near post after twisting into space in the area.

But City demonstrated their ample threat for the first time in the contest when Kevin de Bruyne’s low ball across the area narrowly evaded Sergio Aguero in the centre before Sane had an effort deflected wide by Lovren.

The visitors were forced into a change on the half-hour mark, with Fabian Delph limping off to be replaced by Danilo – and could have been further behind just seconds later, but Firmino could only head Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross wide at the front stick.

However, City drew level before the break when Sane chested Kyle Walker’s crossfield pass beyond Joe Gomez and sped into the box, evading the challenge of Joel Matip before firing the ball into the back of the net at the near post to ensure the sides went in on level terms at the break.

The second half…

Liverpool restarted the game once again looking to get on the front foot, though they were thankful to see Nicolas Otamendi’s looping header from a corner bounce off the top of the crossbar and behind in the early stages.

At the other end, Salah’s crisp snap-shot from a half-cleared corner was acrobatically saved by Ederson before the goalkeeper thwarted Oxlade-Chamberlain seconds later after the Reds forced the ball back into the danger zone.

But on the hour mark, Liverpool conjured up a rampant nine-minute spell that left Pep Guardiola’s team shell-shocked as they raced into a 4-1 lead.

It began with Firmino out-muscling Stones to reach an Oxlade-Chamberlain pass before sublimely lofting the ball over the advancing Ederson in scenes reminiscent of a goal Robbie Fowler scored at Old Trafford two decades ago.

Mane then cannoned against the upright before finding the back of the net with an arrow of a left-foot finish after Salah had won the ball back.

And predictably, the Reds’ top scorer added his name to the goal tally when he pounced on Ederson’s low attempted clearance from outside his area and lofted it back over the goalkeeper and into the net from 40 yards.

With the game edging towards its conclusion, substitute Bernardo Silva swept in a loose ball inside the area to reduce the arrears while Gundogan nudged in a third for City, but Liverpool survived the late fightback to clinch a vital – and deserved – win.

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Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City - how it happened at Anfield

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:56

Follow everything that happens as Liverpool face Manchester City - with updates, videos, photos, stats, quotes and more from Anfield here in our live blog.

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Mane and Salah strike for Reds
  • City launch fightback but suffer first PL defeat of 2017-18
  • Liverpool move level on points with Chelsea and Manchester United
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LIVE: Liverpool 4-2 Manchester City - updates from Anfield

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:56

Follow everything that happens as Liverpool face Manchester City - with updates, videos, photos, stats, quotes and more from Anfield here in our live blog.

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain strike puts Reds ahead (9mins)
  • Sane equalises for the league leaders (41mins)
  • Firmino, Mane and Salah hit quickfire goals (62mins)
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LIVE: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City - updates from Anfield

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:56

Follow everything that happens as Liverpool face Manchester City - with updates, videos, photos, stats, quotes and more from Anfield here in our live blog.

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain strike puts Reds ahead (9mins)
  • Sane equalises for the league leaders (41mins)
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Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:55
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Klopp explains Karius selection against Man City

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:05

Loris Karius will be given a chance to make himself a permanent fixture between the sticks for Liverpool starting with today's game against Manchester City, Jürgen Klopp has revealed.

The German shot-stopper has been selected to tend goal ahead of Simon Mignolet for this afternoon's meeting with the Premier League leaders at Anfield.

Asked about the switch, Klopp said: "With goalkeepers you have to do it like this. Usually I could say it's a decision for today but if Loris now is able to perform, he will stay in the goal."

In the absence of the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, Klopp has named centre-back Dejan Lovren as Reds captain.

The boss said of the decision: "He is, together with Emre, the longest-serving [player] of the team.

"I realised after I made the line-up that obviously there [were] none of our usual captains on the pitch and we had to make a decision.

"It was a logical one with Dejan's age, how long he was at the club. It's for the game - all good."

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Virgil van Dijk fitness latest

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 18:01

Virgil van Dijk is 'a little bit injured' with a hamstring issue, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.

The defender was ruled out of the Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday – with the risk too high to use the No.4 against the unbeaten leaders.

“[He is] a little bit injured – not really serious but too much,” the manager explained.

“It was immediately after the game [against Everton] he felt a little bit. We made an assessment.

“If it’s the last game of the season maybe you take the risk but it’s not the last game of the season obviously. That’s why we can’t take the risk.”

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up against City

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 17:59

Loris Karius starts in goal for Liverpool in today's Premier League meeting with Manchester City at Anfield.

The goalkeeper maintains his place in the side as Jürgen Klopp makes three changes to the XI that began the FA Cup win over Everton.

Dejan Lovren, who takes the captain’s armband, Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum are brought in to face the unbeaten league leaders.

Virgil van Dijk has a tight hamstring and is therefore not part of the squad.

Liverpool team: Karius, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Substitutes: Mignolet, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.

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LIVE: Liverpool v Manchester City - follow build-up to Anfield clash

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 14:01

'Respect City, don't fear them'

Klopp's programme notes make for interesting - and inspirational - reading as the manager muses on the balancing act between respecting Manchester City's remarkable form this season and ensuring nobody at Liverpool fears Guardiola's charges.

"Respect is healthy and necessary, but fear or complacency are not allowed – ever," writes the boss. "We respect City, as we respect every opponent. We have studied their strengths and their weaknesses, as they will have done with us. I would expect the respect is mutual, because they are smart people who will know our own quality is as good as their own."

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Lallana set for career milestone against Man City

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 13:26

Adam Lallana is set to make a landmark appearance when Liverpool play Premier League leaders Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

To find out what milestone the LFC No.20 could reach, plus more need-to-know pre-match facts and figures, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea, read on...

England international Lallana is in line to play the 400th game of his club career when the Reds take on City - 130 of those have been for Liverpool.

Last season at Anfield, the Reds beat Pep Guardiola's men 1-0 with Georginio Wijnaldum's eighth-minute header deciding the game. That victory was their 50th in the league against City at Anfield. 

Since the inception of the Premier League, the Reds have lost just one of their 20 meetings with City at home, winning 14.

Liverpool have scored in each of the last 23 league clashes at Anfield, while City have not kept a clean sheet in their last 23 visits.

No visiting team has scored more than once in the league at Anfield this season. 

The Reds have conceded fewer at home (four) than any other Premier League team.

Edin Dzeko is the last player to score for City at Anfield, doing so in his side's 2-1 defeat in March 2015.

Former City striker Daniel Sturridge is just two goals short of reaching 50 in the league for Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino scored his first Reds goal at the Etihad Stadium in November 2015 in a 4-1 win.

Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick for Southampton against City in May 2016, his team winning 4-2 at St Mary's. Virgil van Dijk also played that day.

Van Dijk was in the Saints team beaten 2-1 by City at the Etihad back in November.

A win would see Liverpool record four successive league victories for the first time since December 2016 - the team they defeated in that fourth game last season was... Manchester City.

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Jordan Henderson's tribute to Tommy Lawrence

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 12:40

Jordan Henderson has paid tribute to Tommy Lawrence after the Liverpool legend sadly passed away earlier this week.

A minute’s applause will precede the Reds’ fixture with Manchester City this afternoon in memory of the former goalkeeper, who made 390 appearances for the club between 1962 and 1971.

Writing in his column for ‘This is Anfield’, Henderson said: “On behalf of every current player at Liverpool I would like to pass on my condolences to the family of Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week at the age of 77.

“I don’t think many of you who are reading these notes will need me to tell you what a great player Tommy was for Liverpool because his status as a club icon has long since been established, but what I can add is that Tommy – and all of the players of his era – are held in the highest esteem by everyone in the current squad.

“It is often said that we are under pressure because of the achievements of past Liverpool teams and there might be some truth in this, but I prefer to look at it another way: what could be better than to be at a football club where Tommy and others set the highest standards for us to follow?

“I wasn’t fortunate enough to know Tommy personally but I was shown a clip of him on YouTube recently where he got stopped on the street by a news reporter and it told me all I needed to know about the type of person he was. If you haven’t seen it, try to look it up because I don’t think you will see many examples of an individual who has achieved so much being so humble and down-to-earth.

“Tommy will be in the thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club today and we hope his family will take some solace from knowing how much he is respected.”

Pick up your copy of 'This is Anfield' at the stadium this afternoon, or subscribe online by clicking here.

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Reds not giving up on Goretzka deal

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 12:29

Liverpool are still in the race to sign Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.

The Reds believe that the German international has not yet committed his future and are hopeful of buying him.

Reports from Germany over the festive period suggested that a deal to take Goretzka to Bayern Munich at the end of the season was already done and dusted.

However, contact has been established between the Merseysiders and player’s representatives, and Anfield parties have been assured that all hope is not yet lost.

Goretzka, 22, has been scouted by most of the big hitters in Europe – and Bayern were among them. Normally, what the Bavarian giants want, the Bavarian giants get – particularly with respect to domestic players.

Sources close to the move believe Bayern have the terms of a deal established.

But it is understood the growing emergence of Liverpool together with boss Jurgen Klopp’s presence has got Goretzka interested.

Goretzka would give added protection to Klopp’s backline, with his passing a platform for the Reds’ attacking talent to flourish.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool enter race to sign Alexis Sanchez

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 12:15

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal this month, according to reports.

Arsene Wenger has already admitted defeat in his efforts to keep the Chile international until the end of the season.

And the Gunners are now open to selling the forward if a club matches their £35 million valuation.

Both Manchester City and Manchester United have expressed their interest in signing the 29-year-old before the end of the January transfer window.

But according to the Sunday Mirror, Jurgen Klopp is also targeting a move for Sanchez.

The report claims that Klopp and Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are in discussions about a deal for Sanchez this month.

But the biggest stumbling block for Liverpool is their inability to match the wages on offer from City and United.

Jose Mourinho’s side are reportedly ready to offer Sanchez a deal worth over £300,000 a week, while City are proposing a £285,000-a-week contract.

Source: Metro

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'Records are there to be broken - we're ready to fight'

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 12:03

Dejan Lovren sees Manchester City's unbeaten Premier League record as an objective rather than an obstacle for Liverpool this afternoon.

Pep Guardiola brings his team to Anfield on a run of 22 fixtures without defeat in the top flight since the start of the season, which has included 20 victories.

The Reds are on a 17-game streak without losing themselves, however, and head into the showdown having claimed hard-fought victories by the odd goal in three in each of their past three outings.

But Lovren argues that both sides’ statistics can be considered irrelevant and the quality of players, not the quantity of points, can decide the outcome in the hosts’ favour.

“We know what we can expect from the 95 minutes – a lot of intensity in the game. We are ready to fight,” the centre-back told Liverpoolfc.com.

“They have their quality up front but you can never forget we have quality up front. It will be an interesting game, to see who manages to be calmer and keep the ball.

“We believe in our quality and we’ll learn from the last game, when we lost [5-0 at the Etihad Stadium]. We are smarter now.

“There is always pressure, but it’s positive. Records are there to be beaten. We are ready to show them that it’s not easy to come to Anfield. We are also in a good moment and we have a good record – we haven’t lost for 17 games.

“It’s step by step. We know that records aren’t important if you don’t win the next game. It’s as easy as that.

“We know what we can expect and we know what we can achieve. The most important thing is to believe in ourselves; we have big support from the fans, the manager and the staff. It’s on us.”

Jürgen Klopp has options to choose from in central defence following the New Year’s Day arrival of Virgil van Dijk, allied to the fitness of Ragnar Klavan, Lovren and Joel Matip.

The Dutchman experienced a dream debut as he netted the winner against Everton in the FA Cup – and further bolsters a backline that has conceded more than once in a game on only two occasions in the past 12 weeks.

“It’s always great to have quality players around you and next to you,” said Lovren.

“It’s a great challenge for us to keep working much harder. Football is about challenging players to be better. He is our new teammate and everyone is happy that he is with us here.

“The most important thing is the team. We concentrate on the team, not about who will now play or not. There are so many games in the season and in some moments there will maybe be just one or two defenders ready. It’s better to have more than less.”

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Jürgen Klopp: We respect Manchester City, but we don't fear them

Sun, 14/01/2018 - 11:59

Jürgen Klopp has lauded the imperious form of Manchester City and the talents of their 'world-class' manager, Pep Guardiola – but insists Liverpool head into this afternoon's game holding no fear.

The Blues arrive at Anfield with an incredible record in the Premier League so far this term – they sit top of the table, undefeated and 15 points clear after winning 20 of their 22 fixtures and drawing two.

There is plenty of healthy respect for the achievements of Guardiola’s side this season; however, Klopp has outlined why the Reds will be focused on how they can perform this afternoon rather than any concern about the threat of their opponents.

He wrote in his column for ‘This is Anfield’: “It is typical of football that the win in the FA Cup [against Everton] came from a far less dominant performance, compared with the league fixture where we had to settle for a point. It shows the importance of being able to win in different ways.

“We are still in our development phase as a team, but we are learning. The recent results demonstrate this, I think. I have never, for even a second, questioned the desire or spirit of our team – the opposite actually, although at times it felt as if we were the only ones who could see it in ourselves. In recent matches we have been able to display it, but that is probably because circumstances allowed us to.

“Our opponents today are actually a good example of this. Manchester City are a side rightly held up as a benchmark for how they approach games and how they play. But you underestimate and ignore their steel at your peril.

“To win games, as they have this season, you have to be able to fight just as hard as you play. I welcome Pep Guardiola, his players, staff, officials and supporters of Manchester City to Anfield. I’ve spoken many times both here in England and back in Germany of my respect for Pep as a person and as a professional. He can be summed up in two words and one phrase: ‘world-class’.

“‘Respect’ is an important word, I think, when approaching a game against this City side. In fact it’s an important word when preparing to face any opponent. Respect is healthy and necessary, but fear or complacency are not allowed – ever. We respect City, as we respect every opponent. We have studied their strengths and their weaknesses, as they will have done with us. I would expect the respect is mutual, because they are smart people who will know our own quality is as good as their own.

“But my players will not need extra motivation or focus for this game, just because we play a side that is in a very good way. We focus, as always, on ourselves in the first instance, and when we do that we see a team that has performed to the highest level this season and is continuing to grow and get better as the campaign progresses. To win any game in the Premier League means you have to perform to your maximum – anything less and you have problems.

“That’s the overriding message today: give your best and everything else will look after itself. We know our supporters will be on their game today. They created outstanding noise for the Everton match and I think everyone inside Anfield with a Liverpool heart will recognise we need them and their positive energy this afternoon.”

Pick up your copy of 'This is Anfield' at the stadium this afternoon, or subscribe online by clicking here.

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Anfield to honour Tommy Lawrence with minute's applause

Sat, 13/01/2018 - 19:00

Anfield will honour former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence with a minute's applause before Sunday's match against Manchester City.

The Scot, who played 390 games for the club and won two league titles and the FA Cup under the management of Bill Shankly, passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday morning.

A special tribute will be paid to Lawrence ahead of kick-off as those in attendance show their respects to one of the greatest ‘keepers in the club’s history.

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Anelka, Fowler and eight more to play for both LFC and Man City

Sat, 13/01/2018 - 18:06

Liverpool host Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as focus shifts back to the Premier League following last weekend's FA Cup drama.

There have been some great tussles with the Citizens down the years and more than a few players have experienced both sides of the battle.

Current Reds Daniel Sturridge and James Milner each had spells at the Etihad Stadium, while City forward Raheem Sterling returns to Anfield again.

So, ahead of this weekend's eagerly anticipated clash with the league leaders, we've picked out 10 of the best players to feature for the Reds and the Blues, excluding the current crop of players...

Steve McManaman

Liverpool: 364 games, 66 goals. Manchester City: 44 games, 0 goals

Picked out by Ian Rush as one of the most promising players in the Liverpool youth ranks, tricky winger Steve McManaman lived up to the billing as his pace and dribbling ability helped him sparkle alongside the likes of John Barnes. 

He was instrumental in winning the FA Cup in 1992 and scored two fantastic goals in a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in the 1995 League Cup final.

European champions Real Madrid spotted his talent and snapped up the No.7 in 1999. He won eight titles at the Bernabeu, including two European Cups, before returning to England to join Kevin Keegan's Manchester City in 2003.

Kolo Toure

Manchester City: 102 games, 3 goals. Liverpool: 71 games, 1 goal 

Signed from City in 2013 following the retirement of Reds legend Jamie Carragher, centre-back Kolo Toure became a hugely popular figure during his three-year spell with Liverpool.

The Ivory Coast international was desperately unlucky to leave the club without adding to his medal collection after featuring in two finals - the League Cup and Europa League in 2016 - in his last season at Anfield.

Robbie Fowler 

Liverpool: 369 games, 183 goals. Manchester City: 92 games, 27 goals

Toxteth-born Academy graduate Robbie Fowler made a goalscoring debut as a fresh-faced teenager in September 1993 and went on to establish himself as one of the most lethal and revered strikers in Liverpool's history.

He reached 100 goals quicker than mentor Ian Rush and won the treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001 before leaving Anfield to join Leeds United. 

He moved to Keegan's City in 2003 and scored against the Reds in a 2-2 draw, before returning to Anfield under Rafael Benitez.

Across his two stints at Liverpool, he scored 183 goals in 369 games to rank sixth in the club's all-time top goalscorers list.

Steve McMahon

Liverpool: 277 games, 50 goals. Manchester City: 100 games, 1 goal.

Combative midfielder Steve McMahon was signed from Aston Villa in 1985 as new Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish sought to fill the gap left by Graeme Souness' exit. 

The move worked out pretty well as McMahon won the league and FA Cup double in his first season and added two more league titles and an FA Cup before he left to join Man City in 1991. 

He played a century of games for the Citizens before leaving to become player-coach at Swindon Town in 1994.

Dietmar Hamann

Liverpool: 283 games, 11 goals. Manchester City: 71 games, 1 goal

Dietmar Hamann arrived from Newcastle United as an accomplished central midfielder in the summer of 1999 as Gerard Houllier reshaped the squad and he went on to win six major trophies during seven years at Anfield.

The German's trophy haul included the 2001 UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble, plus the 2005 Champions League following that miraculous comeback win against AC Milan in Istanbul.

The Kop favourite joined City in July 2006 and remained for three years.

David James

Liverpool: 277 games, 0 goals. Manchester City: 100 games, 0 goals

David James was one of the best young 'keepers in the country when he arrived at Anfield from Watford in 1992. But despite some brilliant performances and a League Cup win, he never really reached his peak with the Reds. 

He left in 1999 to join Aston Villa and went on to become one of England's top stoppers, eventually joining Man City in 2004.

Nicolas Anelka

Liverpool: 24 games, 5 goals. Manchester City: 98 games, 45 goals

Champions League winner and two-time Premier League champion Nicolas Anelka was signed on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in December 2001 and helped Gerard Houllier's Liverpool to second place in the league that season, but the deal was never made permanent.

Instead, he signed for Keegan's City in a club-record £13million deal and was their top scorer for both seasons he was there.

David Johnson

Liverpool: 213 games, 78 goals. Manchester City: 6 games, 1 goal 

Striker David Johnson was already an England international by the time he joined Bob Paisley's Liverpool from Ipswich Town in 1976. 

He won a league championship medal - the first of four - in his debut season for the Reds and added two European Cups and a League Cup to his CV before the emergence of Rush saw him move back to first club Everton in 1982. 

He played briefly for Billy McNeill's Manchester City in 1984. 

Craig Bellamy

Liverpool: 79 games, 18 goals. Manchester City: 51 games, 15 goals

Never one to settle down, fiery forward Craig Bellamy enjoyed two spells as a Liverpool player.

The first from 2006 to 2007, when he scored and set up John Arne Riise in a 2-1 Champions League success over reigning European champions Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and the second from 2011 to 2012, when he scored a semi-final winner en route to lifting the League Cup. 

The striker had returned to Anfield from Manchester City, where he was reunited with his former Blackburn Rovers and Wales manager Mark Hughes.

Matt Busby

Manchester City: 227 games, 14 goals. Liverpool: 122 games, 3 goals

Matt Busby was a classy half-back and made 122 appearances for Liverpool, captaining the club from 1939 to 1940. 

He was later offered a job as assistant manager to George Kay at Anfield, but his views on how football should be played and governed were not shared by the Liverpool board of the time.

Now mostly remembered for his time as Manchester United boss, he actually played more than 200 games for cross-town rivals Manchester City, winning the FA Cup in 1934.

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The view from Manchester City: 'I'm predicting 4-3!'

Sat, 13/01/2018 - 18:00

Liverpool's clash with Manchester City will be 'fascinating viewing' and likely filled with goals, argues football writer and Blues fan Dan Burke in our view from the opposition.

The Reds put their 17-match unbeaten run on the line against Pep Guardiola’s side, who have yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this term, in a meeting between the division’s top-scoring teams on Sunday.

City fan Dan’s optimism is tempered by the visitors’ record at Anfield – one win in the past 26 league trips – but, given their outstanding form, looks ahead to the encounter with more confidence than perhaps ever before…

City are 15 points clear and unbeaten in the league. As it stands, is there any stopping your side this season?

At the risk of counting our chickens before they’ve hatched, I really find it hard to imagine anyone else winning the league from here. It would require relegation form from City between now and the end of the season if they were to let it slip and I just can’t see that happening.

We will definitely lose games, though, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if our first league defeat of the season came at our bogey ground this Sunday.

What has changed from last season to this? In what ways has Pep Guardiola stamped his influence?

Well first and foremost, some of the signings we made in the summer have drastically strengthened some of last season’s weaknesses. Having a reliable goalkeeper and mobile full-backs has improved us no end.

We’ve also had a bit of good fortune here and there, while several players are having the best seasons of their careers at the moment. Kevin de Bruyne is the main one, but pretty much every player in the squad has stepped things up a notch this term.

And in terms of Guardiola, I think we’re now seeing the benefits of the time and patience he’s been afforded to implement his ideas and playing style.

City played some very good stuff at times last season but they didn’t do it consistently enough and I think the consistency we’re seeing this year is the result of hours and hours of practice on the training ground.

When things were going badly last season, people said Guardiola’s brand of football would never work in England but he stuck to his guns and at the moment, those people are eating their words.

Everybody knows about City’s attacking exploits, but who are the unsung heroes in the side?

Nicolas Otamendi is a player who has improved immensely this season, as has John Stones alongside him.

Kyle Walker has been a brilliant buy and Fabian Delph has been nothing short of superb since he was drafted into the team and asked to play in an unfamiliar position.

And moving further up the pitch, Fernandinho is almost always excellent and never less than 100 per cent committed to the cause.

You’ve told us before that you dread visits to Anfield – does that feeling remain despite City’s remarkable form?

Absolutely! It’s been so long since we’ve won there that I can no longer even imagine it happening.

But if we somehow do end our hoodoo this weekend, I’m really going to start feeling like something very special is happening this season.

These are two incredibly attacking teams. How do you expect the game to play out?

I can’t imagine a game between a Jürgen Klopp team and a Guardiola team ever being boring so it should be fascinating viewing for the neutral and a nervy but exhilarating 90 minutes for the two sets of supporters.

I can see there being a few goals, that’s for sure.

What have you made of Liverpool’s performances so far this season?

I’ve been thoroughly impressed with Liverpool in an attacking sense again this season but I think it’s fair to say you’ve been undone by defensive errors too many times this season.

The signing of Virgil van Dijk should help in that department, however, and I can see you finishing the campaign very strongly and having a proper crack at the title next season.

Which Liverpool player concerns you most?

My answer to this question always used to be Philippe Coutinho and it’s a relief to know at least he won’t be scoring against us on Sunday!

But now you’ve got an equally exceptional player in Mohamed Salah, who has to be the signing of the season and seems to score every week. I thought he was your most dangerous player at the Etihad earlier in the season and I’ll be expecting more of the same this weekend.

What is your prediction for the match?

I’m going to go crazy and say City will win 4-3!

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

Sat, 13/01/2018 - 17:44

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com.

Monday January 15

Premier League Kicks sessions
Walton, 7pm-8pm (age 11-19)

Ability Counts session (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-12) and 7pm-8pm (age 13+)
Speke Community Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Tuesday January 16

Premier League Kicks session
Toxteth Firefit Hub, 5.30pm-7.30pm (age 11-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Wednesday January 17

Premier League Kicks session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 5pm-6pm (age 7-12) and 5pm-6pm (age 8-13, girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8+)                           

Thursday January 18

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre, 6pm-7pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans
Netherton Goals, 5pm-7.30pm

Friday January 19

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive, time TBC (age 13-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Football – over 50s
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11am-12pm

Saturday January 20

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Woodchurch, 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Sunday January 21

Military Veterans
Academy, 2pm-5pm

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Young fan's design to feature on LFC matchday programme

Sat, 13/01/2018 - 17:35

Sunday's edition of the matchday programme is extra special – as its distinctive cover for the clash with Manchester City was designed by a young Liverpool fan.

Ben Marsden, 14, won an exclusive LFC Membership competition to craft the front page with his entry featuring the respective managers, Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

It was, perhaps, fate. Ben’s uncle, Andy, is an avid collector of LFC matchday programmes and boasts an incredible collection of more than 4,000 from as far back as 1945.

“He suggested that I enter the competition because he wanted me to sign a copy if I won – so he had something unique!” the delighted teenager explained.

“The hardest bit was then to think of something original and a bit different. Originally I thought about James Milner and Raheem Sterling as they went from City to Liverpool and vice-versa.

“Then I realised that Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola had managed against each other with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich and I decided to put them together. I created different layouts and backgrounds to make the design work.”

The cover will be seen throughout the stadium as fans, home and visiting, browse the programme before the action gets under way in the Premier League encounter.

“When I found out I won the competition I was surprised and very, very happy,” said Ben, who will also receive a framed version of his design.

“My dad read out the email and I was so excited at the prospect of thousands of people holding a matchday programme with a cover that I had designed.”

For your chance to win once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like Ben’s, join LFC Official Membership now. Already a Member? Look out for the latest competitions and offers at the Members Area.

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