Monday April 11, 2011 Day 32 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 3 - 0 Manchester City

  • Carroll 13’, 35’
  • Kuyt 34’

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  1. Carroll brace as Liverpool down City

    Carroll brace as Liverpool down City

    Andy Carroll got his first Liverpool goals in a 3-0 Premier League win over Manchester City at Anfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Manchester City
    • 90+2 There you have it! Liverpool avenge their 3-0 loss at Eastlands, stopping City from going third and cementing their hold on sixth. Thanks for joining us tonight - I'll be with you tomorrow for Manchester United v Chelsea.
    • 90+1 In the first of two minutes added time.
    • 90' Carroll lasts 90 minutes but not the full match - N'Gog comes on for injury time.
    • 89' Flanagan a bit heavy in the challenge and City have a free-kick. Taken short.
    • 88' Carroll heads on to the roof of the net after lovely play and crossing from Suarez on the right wing.
    • 86' Spearing fouls Silva. He's had a good game the youngster.
    • 84' For once Suarez's touch lets him down as he was played in but Kuyt picks it up and Meireles is chopped down by Silva, if that is possible.
    • 83' Well then. Balotelli the sub is subbed off for De Jong. "What a waste of money" they sing but, frankly, he's been a darn sight better than Dzeko, who was been terrible.
    • 83' Comical from Dzeko as Silva's lovely cross just hits him on the back of the head unawares. A loose ball drops TO TOURE WITH A MASSIVE SHOT FROM 35 YARDS but Reina bats it over! Corner. What a shot!
    • 82' Kuyt with a tackle, he races away, he could be in and spins the ball wide to Meireles with a super first touch but good placement from Hart who gathers and holds on despite the pace.
    • 81' Silva wastes a promising move after a poor ball aimed for Balotelli but yards ahead of him.
    • 80' KUYT JUST WIDE! The Dutchman combines with Suarez to create that chance after he chased down a ball he had no right to win. The angle was too tight though.
    • 79' What was a great move from City is ruined as Dzeko lumps his flick in the air.
    • 78' The corner is half-cleared as far as Suarez but he can't control it and City clear.
    • 77' Meireles with a clever ball in and Suarez wins a corner as he tries to find Spearing.
    • 76' Balotelli tries a lofted cross from range after he spots Dzeko in space but he mis-hits it and Reina claims. Nice idea.
    • 75' Suarez with a clever run but Kuyt's pass is poor, too early, and out for a throw.
    • 74' Surging run from Toure but he puts the low shot well wide.
    • 72' Suares again close as he gets in behind Lescott - just offside but Lescott didn't have a clue.
    • 71' Lucas with a shot so far wide he turns around and laughs rather than watch where it went.
    • 70' More jeers as Silva smacks one well wide. This is better than the first half from City - it's almost even.
    • 69' Suarez shanks one well wide on the half-volley after Kuyt's shot hits Kompany and rops for him. All started from great play by Meireles to somehow keep it in down the left.
    • 68' Jeers as Balotelli curls one well over from 25 yards.
    • 67' Suarez on a mazy dribble, with the route closed for him to shoot he lays it off for Suarez but the Dutchman's effort is blocked.
    • 66' Dzeko falls over his own feet after the ball dropped to him just inside the Liverpool box.
    • 65' Oooh Suarez just offside as Kuyt spins a through ball in.
    • 65' Suarez with a beautiful drilled crossfield pass to Meireles, a fine cross from him and Hart does well to palm it away with Carroll set to pounce.
    • 64' The corner is met by Lucas of all people, unmakred but he gets the header wrong.
    • 64' Corner to Liverpool as Balotelli does well tracking back to block Flanagan's cross. He's still in pain - seems his back got hurt when he fell.
    • 63' Carroll delights the Liverpool fans as he shows great work-rate and skill deep in his own half. Spearing almost plays Suarez through but intercepted. Liverpool working incredibly hard.
    • 62' Balotelli is back on. Looking at the replay Lucas definitely got the ball but Balotelli hit the deck quite hard, his legs seeming to knock together. Nothing in it.
    • 61' Balotelli is still down getting treatment, looks like just a knock in a fair tackle.
    • 60' Lucas with a good tackle on Balotelli and he stays on the deck... Liverpool play on and then Meireles decides to hoof it out, to boos from the home fans.
    • 59' Quite petulant from Milner as he flounces back to his seat. Very unlike him.
    • 58' CTIY SUB: Silva - whose benching I also fail to understand - comes on for Milner.
    • 57' Kuyt gets down the right and plays in a nice low ball but Barry with good positioning to bring it clear.
    • 56' OptaJoe tweets 'This is the first time that XCity have conceded three goals in the first half of a Prem game since Boxing Day 2005'
    • 55' Decent spell for City now as they play it around with something approaching confidence.
    • 54' Suarez with another nutmeg-spin move that he likes so much and he finds Carroll but the England striker's ball is too heavy for the return to be completed.
    • 53' Meireles to take but cleared by Dzeko, Spearing wildly lashing it over.
    • 52' Kuyt wins another corner on the right. Flanagan chose him instead of an early cross, taking the safe option.
    • 52' KUYT ALMOST HEADS IT IN! A super corner from the left and unmarked the Dutchman flicks the header across goal and he should have scored!
    • 51' Yelps from the home fans after more ridiculous skill from Suarez, as he wins a corner on the left.
    • 50' Boyata slides in on Suarez to stop him after Meireles almost sent him in.
    • 49' Carroll with a smashing flick on and Suarez is in down the right, he slips it back inside AND CARROLL WITH THE LEFT FOOT but it smacks into a brave Barry and away! That was headed in!
    • 48' Hart with a clearance that almost takes Carroll's head off.
    • 47' Cagey start from both sides. Liverpool I suppose will be happy to ride out the first quarter-hour of this half.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Anfield.
    • - FACT: Liverpool's record in fixtures close to the Hillsborough anniversary? Won 10, drawn eight, lost three - emotive.
    • 45+2 Half-time and Liverpool are cruising!
    • 45+2 Jeers for Balotelli as he smacks a shot from 40 yards about 10 yards over.
    • 45+2 Foot up from Suarez as he and Kuyt tried to combine edge of the box.
    • 45+1 Two added minutes being played as City break but Milner's ball to Balotelli is met by young Flanagan, who gets a huge round of applause and a pat from Carragher.
    • 45' Good ball in from Kolarov and Lescott flies in but he heads well wide.
    • 44' Dzeko is fouled by Lucas on the left wing and City have a free-kick.
    • 43' Carroll slips after winning a header and City come forward. Too cagey by half though and Boyata's cross is too deep for Balotelli.
    • 42' City finally get forward as Johnson drills in a low cross but Spearing - who looks like Danny Murphy's mini-me - hooks it clear.
    • 41' Carroll fights to win it back on the left and plays in Suarez, super skill again and he is sure that Boyata's arm was involved as City clear but nothing given. He's angry. He bites you know!
    • 40' Suarez almost catches Lescott dilly-dallying but the England defender hooks it clear.
    • 39' Shouts for handball as Aurelio's cross hits Boyata. Nope.
    • 38' Liverpool bossing possession, City look only half up for it.
    • 37' Anfield is in fine singing voice. Well then. City's woeful away form continues and Liverpool are becoming impenetrable at home. Mancini looks glum in the rain.
    • 36' CARROLL MAKES IT THREE! A classic header from Biffer as he flies into Meireles's left-wing cross, rising yards above Kolarov and flicking it wonderfully into the top right!
    • 35' Dzeko races in from kick-off but he falls into the finish and it's straight at Reina.
    • 34' Liverpool are piling it on, this is superb as Aurelio smacks one in, blocked BUT KUYT SLIDES IN THE LOW FINISH AND THAT'S 2-0!
    • 33' Liverpool now get forward, Meireles on the left but his shot is blocked! It drops to Suarez but his is blocked too! Now Kuyt crosses and Caroll with the far-post header but cleared!
    • 32' Kolarov bombs down the left and he cuts inside to drill a low cross-shot into the six-yard box AND BALOTELLI SLIDES IN but it just evades him! Millimetres away!
    • 31' Balotelli with a nice lay off to Milner, now Johnson with some great skill to race away from Aurelio and Meireles but Skrtel hoofs it clear.
    • 30' The crowd cheer as Flanagan and Barry go into a full-blooded 50-50.
    • 29' Dzeko fires wide from 20 yards after some good play by Balotelli and Johnson following a wasteful long ball from Meireles. Unlike Meireles to give it away but that's twice already.
    • 28' Balotelli opts to shoot from a long way out and it's a rocket, deflected and wide for a corner.
    • 27' Late from Aurelio on Johnson, definitely a booking, two-footed and a bit dangerous. Honestly I've seen red for less.
    • 26' Liverpool knock it about with some aplomb, looking every inch a top-four side. They do like these big games and have revenge on their mind after the beating at Eastlands...
    • 25' A rare City move sees Milner cross too close to Reina. Quick release as Spearing finds Carroll but Kompany shows good legs to get there first.
    • 24' Suarez is so entertaining. He gets the better of Kolarov with a lovely flick around the defender but stumbles into the ball, Hart able to claim.
    • 23' Liverpool are utterly dominating at the moment - City aren't getting a sniff as the Reds pass it around like Madrid.
    • 22' Great first touch by Johnson on the right, he lays it off to Boyata whose cross is a bit too deep, Balotelli gets his head on it but loops it over.
    • 21' Good passing from Liverpool then a poor ball from Meireles that takes a lucky touch into Carroll's path. Bad cross though.
    • 20' Kuyt leads the charge, Meireles on the left, now Lucas to Suarez but Toure puts the boot in. No chance for City on the break though as Suarez breaks up the attack.
    • 19' Suarez nutmegs an opponent and then floats a delicious, angled crossfield ball to Kuyt, his cross is poor though. Saurez is so good.
    • 17' Hamstring injury for Tevez, it seems. More as it comes....
    • 16' CITY SUB: Balotelli on for Tevez.
    • 15' Tevez picked up an injury as Liverpool scored the goal, Balotelli warms up...
    • 14' Extended celebrations with the fans as the Liverpool players swarm Carroll. Lovely moment.
    • 13' WHAT A GOAL! Carroll opens his Liverpool account in style and the Kop goes nuts, a ripping low half-volley after Meireles's shot was blocked by Kompany. Boom, super left foot. Hart maybe could have saved it, but the pace was ferocious.
    • 12' The corner is less good, alas, failing to clear the first man. Liverpool have it back though as Kuyt finds Spearing only for Lescott to block. City battling here.
    • 11' Flanagan with a lovely pass from right to left and Aurelio with a fantastic cross that Kompany heads behind and almost in!
    • 10' Suarez wins a corner off Barry after trying to cross is in from the left.
    • 9' Well over from Suarez but some neat interplay with Kuyt, who laid it off nicely for him. More a 4-3-3 this is, Kuyt very advanced.
    • 8' Manic couple of minutes as Carroll wins a throw off Kompany. That'll be an interesting battle.
    • 7' Now City break with Tevez racing down the right, his cross is deflected and Boyata getting forward helps it on but over the bar!
    • 6' Suarez springs the offside trap, great through ball by Carroll and Lescott is all over the place and Suarez must score but a brilliant low save by Hart to tip it on to the post!
    • 5' Carroll with a clever chest down to Suarez who gets away from Kolarov and feeds KUYT WITH THE SHOT but he spoons it over from 18 yards. First half-chance of the game.
    • 4' Tevez surges forward and finds Johnson wide right, super skills from him but he over-runs it and it creeps beyond the byline for a goal kick.
    • 3' Super flick by Suarez but Meireles's pass is loose. City break...
    • 2' Liverpool initially swarm forward but City get hold of the ball and pass it around neatly in midfield...
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 20:00 An impeccably-observed minute's silence for the Hillsborough victims, close to the anniversary, the wife of former Reds David Fairclough who recently died and a Liverpool-supporting solider killed in Afghanistan.
    • 19:55 Pre-match odds: Liverpool 6/4; City 15/6; Draw 9/4
    • 19:50 Apparently Kyrgiakos is ill. So not spared the inevitable rollicking he'd get after last week. Oh well.
    • 19:45 Tonight's ref is Mark Halsey.
    • 19:40 FACT: City have failed to win an away league game this year, taking two points from 15. I did not realise that until today - a worrying stat that shows a lack of backbone or team cohesion perhaps?
    • 19:35 FACT: Manchester City are unbeaten in their last four matches against Liverpool, although three were draws.
    • 19:30 CITY TEAM NEWS: Three changes from the team that beat Sunderland 5-0 as Barry, Dzeko and Kompany in for Silva, De Jong and Balotelli. Pablo Zabaleta is fit but Dedryck Boyata retains his place at right-back. Jerome Boateng (knee), Shay Given (shoulder) and Micah Richards (hamstring) are out, with Kolo Toure suspended in the wake of slimming pill gate.
    • 19:25 LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS: A makeshift defence at best - youngster Flanagan gets a shock start with Dan Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly injured: Sotiris Kyrgiakos was tipped to start at centre-half with one of Skrtel or Carragher playing full-back but the Greek was so bad in the defeat to West Brom that he is not even on the bench. Jay Spearing gets a start ahead of Maxi too with Steven Gerrard out for the season.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina,Flanagan, Aurelio, Skrtel, Carragher, Lucas, Spearing, Meireles, Kuyt, Carroll, Caurez; Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Maxi, Wilson, Ngog, Shelvey, Robinson /// Manchester City: Hart, Boyata, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Toure, Barry, Milner, Johnson, Dzeko, Tevez; Subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Silva, De Jong, Balotelli, McGivern
    • 19:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Liverpool's Premier League clash at home to Manchester City, kicking off at 8pm.
  • Summary

    • 88' Carroll heads on to the roof of the net after lovely play and crossing from Suarez on the right wing.
    • 83' Comical from Dzeko as Silva's lovely cross just hits him on the back of the head unawares. A loose ball drops TO TOURE WITH A MASSIVE SHOT FROM 35 YARDS but Reina bats it over! Corner. What a shot!
    • 82' Kuyt with a tackle, he races away, he could be in and spins the ball wide to Meireles with a super first touch but good placement from Hart who gathers and holds on despite the pace.
    • 80' KUYT JUST WIDE! The Dutchman combines with Suarez to create that chance after he chased down a ball he had no right to win. The angle was too tight though.
    • 69' Suarez shanks one well wide on the half-volley after Kuyt's shot hits Kompany and rops for him. All started from great play by Meireles to somehow keep it in down the left.
    • 52' KUYT ALMOST HEADS IT IN! A super corner from the left and unmarked the Dutchman flicks the header across goal and he should have scored!
    • 49' Carroll with a smashing flick on and Suarez is in down the right, he slips it back inside AND CARROLL WITH THE LEFT FOOT but it smacks into a brave Barry and away! That was headed in!
    • 36' CARROLL MAKES IT THREE! A classic header from Biffer as he flies into Meireles's left-wing cross, rising yards above Kolarov and flicking it wonderfully into the top right!
    • 34' Liverpool are piling it on, this is superb as Aurelio smacks one in, blocked BUT KUYT SLIDES IN THE LOW FINISH AND THAT'S 2-0!
    • 33' Liverpool now get forward, Meireles on the left but his shot is blocked! It drops to Suarez but his is blocked too! Now Kuyt crosses and Caroll with the far-post header but cleared!
    • 32' Kolarov bombs down the left and he cuts inside to drill a low cross-shot into the six-yard box AND BALOTELLI SLIDES IN but it just evades him! Millimetres away!
    • 13' WHAT A GOAL! Carroll opens his Liverpool account in style and the Kop goes nuts, a ripping low half-volley after Meireles's shot was blocked by Kompany. Boom, super left foot. Hart maybe could have saved it, but the pace was ferocious.
    • 7' Now City break with Tevez racing down the right, his cross is deflected and Boyata getting forward helps it on but over the bar!
    • 6' Suarez springs the offside trap, great through ball by Carroll and Lescott is all over the place and Suarez must score but a brilliant low save by Hart to tip it on to the post!
    • 5' Carroll with a clever chest down to Suarez who gets away from Kolarov and feeds KUYT WITH THE SHOT but he spoons it over from 18 yards. First half-chance of the game.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina,Flanagan, Aurelio, Skrtel, Carragher, Lucas, Spearing, Meireles, Kuyt, Carroll, Caurez; Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Maxi, Wilson, Ngog, Shelvey, Robinson /// Manchester City: Hart, Boyata, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Toure, Barry, Milner, Johnson, Dzeko, Tevez; Subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Silva, De Jong, Balotelli, McGivern

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Flanagan
      • J. Carragher
      • M. Škrtel
      • Fábio Aurélio Yellow Card
      • Lucas
      • J. Spearing
      • D. Kuyt Goal
      • Raul Meireles
      • L. Suarez
      • A. Carroll Goals×2 Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • J. Cole
      • M. Rodríguez
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In90′
      • J. Shelvey
      • D. Wilson
      • P. Gulacsi
      • J. Robinson
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • D. Boyata
      • V. Kompany
      • J. Lescott
      • A. Kolarov
      • Y. Touré
      • G. Barry
      • A. Johnson
      • C. Tévez Substitution Out (16′)
      • J. Milner Substitution Out (59′)
      • E. Dzeko

      Subs

      • S. Wright-Phillips
      • N. de Jong Substitution In83′
      • M. Balotelli Substitution In16′ Substitution Out83′
      • S. Taylor
      • D. Silva Substitution In59′
      • P. Zabaleta
      • R. McGivern
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