Live Updates
  • Liverpool capitulate after controversial Sadio Mane red card.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side trailed to Sergio Aguero's opener before sending off incident that resulted in Man City goalkeeper Ederson stretchered off.
  • Gabriel Jesus scored either side of half-time before being subbed in second half.
  • His replacement Leroy Sane scored twice to complete rout.
Sadio Mane

This was the moment that changed the game for both sides.

Full-time: Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool

Stunning from Sane! Liverpool are spent and haven't got the will to close down City as they switch the ball from left to right. Walker receives it and slides a ball in field to Sane who has time and space to turn, move the ball onto his left and bend a wonderful effort into the top corner. Two for him off the bench today.

Goal! Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool (Leroy Sane, 90+1)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Arsenal career ended with a 4-0 defeat and it looks like his Liverpool career is going to begin with one too.

It could be worse. His Gunners debut came in that infamous 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

Sane makes it four! Again, De Bruyne is involved, threading a ball down the middle for the German who plays an superb one-two with Mendy, who has raced up alongside him on the left. Sane meets the return pass with a fine first time finish into the far corner.

Goal! Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool (Leroy Sane, 76)

Mendy does brilliantly out on the left, swerving inside two players before cutting a dangerous ball across goal that Klavan just about manages to clear. Liverpool have just over 15 minutes left to run down here.

Here's another change for City and another man who's just back from South America in Otamendi is off with Eliaquim Mangala onto replace him.

Brilliant from City again who are slicing through Liverpool at the moment. A clever run from Sane down the inside left is picked out and he guides the ball across goal for De Bruyne. For one, the Belgian's technique is off, leaning back and hammering it well over the bar.

City goalkeeper Ederson has not travelled to hospital but is still being assessed by the Etihad for possible fractures to the cheek and jaw.

Another change for Liverpool, James Milner on for Wijnaldum.

There are no signs of Liverpool shutting up shop to try and keep this civilised at the moment. Guardiola meanwhile is going to take the chance to hand a rest to Gabriel Jesus, whose just back from international duty in South America. He doesn't look too pleased mind, as you would expect having scored twice already today. Leroy Sane comes on for him.

This could ugly real quickly for Liverpool. Sergio Aguero breaks free from the Liverpool backline, left one on one with Mignolet but unselfishly knocks it across to Jesus for an easy tap in.

Goal! Manchester City 3-0 Liverpool (Gabriel Jesus, 52)

The second half has started almost at a walking pace. It could be a long half for Liverpool.

We are back underway for the second half and Jurgen Klopp has made his first change of the game, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on his for debut. Salah has made way.

Half-time: Manchester City 2-0 Liverpool

This time it counts! It's pretty similar to the one that was ruled out a few minutes ago with De Bruyne, this time out on the left, lifting another perfect cross into the six yard area. Jesus leaps, twisting in the air to firmly plant it past Mignolet to tighten his side's grip on the game.

Goal! Manchester City 2-0 Liverpool (Gabriel Jesus, 45+5)

Eight minutes of time added on, by the way.

Play is back underway and City have the ball in the back of the net! But it won't count. De Bruyne lifts a superb ball in from the right but Jesus is stood in an offside position as he heads past Mignolet.

There's gonna be a lot of added time here, at least six minutes at this rate.

Ederson meanwhile is still down after that challenge and it doesn't look like he will be able to continue. The stretcher is out and Claudio Bravo is about to come on.

Mane is gone! Matip flings a ball upfield for the Liverpool forward to race onto and Ederson charges out of goal to bravely head it away, but is caught by a high boot from Mane. That looked like a genuine 50-50 attempt for either man to win the ball but referee Jon Moss hasn't seen it that way, brandishing the red card.

RED CARD - Sadio Mane

Another chance for City! The corner from the home side actually manages to cause a problem this time, falling to Stones who prods a shot on goal from yards out. It's straight at Mignolet however who sticks a foot out to make a crucial save.

Klavan gets himself in an almighty mess, allowing Jesus to nick the ball away from him and drive inside from the right. The Brazilian dances his way past a couple of challenges as he reaches the six yard area but Liverpool just about manage to get the ball off him and force a corner.

Man City have been shambolic down the left hand side from a defensive point of view with Mendy MIA and Otamendi failing to deal with Salah. But the Egyptian's end product has been pretty woeful so far today; Liverpool could easily have two goals had he been more decisive in the box.

Ederson denies Salah! Liverpool mount forward in another incisive attack with Mane sliding a ball through for the Egyptian down the inside right channel. He cuts inside and opens his body up to curl one across into the far corner, but he doesn't get enough on it and it's pretty straight forward save in the end.

Can tries to whip one around the wall towards the far corner but his execution isn't great, flinging it well wide of the post.

Liverpool come straight back however. Mane drives at the Liverpool defence with Stones backpeddling, scared to put a challenge in. Fernandinho isn't however, and sticks out a leg to bring the Liverpool forward down on the edge of the box. The Brazilian picks up his side's second yellow of the afternoon.

City lead! Composed stuff from Aguero after a moment of brilliance from De Bruyne. Henderson's header inside his own half is a poor one and Fernandinho gets onto the loose ball, playing it forward to the Belgian who slides a wonderful through ball in for Aguero who is left one on one with the onrushing Mignolet. Keeping his cool, he rounds the Reds goalkeeper, slotting home to become the highest scoring non-European in Premier League history.

Goal! Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool (Sergio Aguero, 24)

Otamendi is being left one on one with Salah almost every time the Egyptian comes forward with Mendy nowhere to be found from a defensive point of view.

Bad decision making from Salah. He does so well to race down the inside right channel, cutting inside towards goal with Firmino waiting inside the six yard area for a simple tap in. Salah instead taps a weak ball towards goal that the goalkeeper easily deals with.

The resulting free kick is ab absolute waste of time, however. City's delivery from set pieces has been pretty appalling so far today.

City have targeted Alexander-Arnold and it is working at the moment. The Liverpool youngster waits and waits for the ball to drop out of the air and tries to bring it down rather than hammering clear. De Bruyne puts pressure on him and nicks it away before winning a free kick out on the left about 5 meters outside the box.

That is a decent chance Liverpool have just passed up. Henderson whips a beaut of a ball across goal with two teammates free at the far post but Firmino's cut back is diverted straight back to Ederson.

Great defending from John Stones. Sensing danger having seen Salah torment Otamendi a few minutes ago, the former Everton defender cuts across to help his teammate out when the Egyptian attacks him again, timing his tackle perfectly and clearing the danger.

Aguero neatly lays a ball off to Fernandinho who controls it with his instep before drilling a low effort on goal that draws a decent save out of Mignolet. City opt for a short route from the resulting corner but Silva is flagged offside when the ball comes back to him.

Again, it comes to nothing. Silva's corner fails to beat the first man and Jesus concedes a free kick challenging for the loose ball.

Under pressure from Jesus, Alexander Arnold boots a wild one back towards his goalkeeper that Ederson really has no chance of getting, and the ball bounces out for a City corner.

As predicted, Danilo has started the match as a third centre-back. Neither Walker or Mendy have seen much action yet on the flanks.

Otamendi is booked for that but Liverpool waste the free kick and City drive forward on the counter through Aguero. He finds De Bruyne who races towards goal, shifting the ball onto his left to let fly with a shot from just outside the box but it is a fairly comfortable save for Mignolet.

Classic Otamendi. Salah cuts in from the right and drives towards the box, racing towards the Argentine who smashes straight into him with all the grace of a horse being shot of a tank. He cleans out the Liverpool forward and it's a clear free kick.

Liverpool win the first corner of the match after 90 seconds with Moreno's shot on target blocked by Stones. Salah whips it in but lifts it straight into Ederson's arms.

And Liverpool get us underway at the Etihad.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

We are expecting to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at some point today, but he will start from the bench this afternoon.

This is our humble guess as to how City are lining up this afternoon. Knowing Pep, however, Danilo could quite easily be starting as a right winger in a 4-4-2 formation.

Manchester City XI

Pep Guardiola has also made three changes to his side. He's also reshuffled his startling XI with Kyle Walker coming back in at right wing-back with Danilo slotting inside as part of a back three with Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, the latter who comes in for the injured Vincent Kompany. Bernardo Silva also drops out of the starting XI with Sergio Aguero coming in to partner Gabriel Jesus in attack.

Jurgen Klopp makes three changes to the Liverpool side that thrashed Arsenal before the international break. Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexander-Arnold come in to replace Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez respectively while Simon Mignolet returns in goal.

Further up the pitch, Klopp has kept things the same, which means there is no full debut for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain today. His comments yesterday about Philippe Coutinho weren't an attempt at mind games; the Brazil international does indeed miss out today with fearsome front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino leading the attack.

Manchester City team to face Liverpool: Ederson, Walker, Danilo, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Jesus, Aguero

Subs: Bravo, Gundogan, Mangala, Sane, Bernardo Silva, Foden, Delph

BREAKING: Kyle Walker back in after his suspension with Vincent Kompany absent through injury. Ilkay Gundogan makes the bench.

Liverpool team to face Manchester City: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Karius, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Sturridge

BREAKING: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starts on the bench.

Jurgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho's absence

"Phil came in yesterday, he accepted 100% the situation. I didn't even have to say anything about it. Now we have a wonderful player who wants to play for the club. He loves football and he still loves this club. There is no problem.

"Is he the same Philippe? How can I say after one talk with him? He seems it. We all know about the situation. I said to the boys in the dressing room 'Welcome two new players... Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] and Phil!'"

Possible Liverpool starting XI

A debut for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield?

Liverpool XI

Team news: Liverpool

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is raring to go for his Liverpool debut this afternoon. The former Arsenal man turned down Chelsea because of Antonio Conte's plans to use him as a wing-back, with Jurgen Klopp ready to offer him the chance in his preferred role in central midfield. Will he start there today?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Getty Images

Team news: Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho miraculously overcame a back problem that ruled him out of Liverpool's first three games of the seasons to play twice for Brazil during the international break.

With a move to Barcelona now off the table for the time being, the playmaker is fit again – but won't be involved today. Jurgen Klopp believes the 25-year-old will stand to benefit more from a few more training sessions instead of being thrown straight back into the deep end.

Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana also remain out.


Pep Guardiola on Vincent Kompany

"He played with Belgium against Gibraltar. They won 9-0. He had a little problem in his calf. I think he will not be able for tomorrow. It will be short [his absence]. The next time he will be able to play. I'm sad. I would like him to be fit.

"He made a huge effort, our physios worked a lot to take care of him, so the last seven, eight, nine games of the season he played without problem for 90 mins. This season we take care of him, he played three games 90 minutes. Now was the period of three games a week and unfortunately we lost him. We will try to recover as soon as possible.

Team news: Manchester City

Kyle Walker is back in contention today having served his one-match suspension for that red card picked up on his home debut against Everton. Today, it's Raheem Sterling's turn, he sits out after his late sending off in the win over Bournemouth.

Raheem Sterling

Team news: Manchester City

After starting and completing City's first three games of the season, Vincent Kompany is unavailable today with a calf problem suffered on international duty. Reports in Belgium suggested this week the knock isn't a major concern for City's medical team, but given the captain's history with calf problems, no chances are being taken this afternoon.

Vincent Kompany

The Premier League was snatched away from us just three weeks after its return last weekend, leaving us all cursing the international break and all is stands for, We've all calmed down a bit now however and we are set to be treated to one pretty spectacular fixture to welcome us back this afternoon.

Manchester City haven't quite clicked into gear yet this season; after that opening day win over Brighton they were held to a home draw by Everton before needing that injury-time winner to see off Bournemouth at Dean Court last time out.

With that in mind, a meeting with Jurgen Klopp's side isn't ideal. Pep Guardiola struggled against the German last season, losing at Anfield before Sadio Mane's late equaliser at the Etihad ensured there was no revenge in the reverse fixture in March.
City's form against the Reds was even worse before Pep's arrival, losing 4-1 at home and 3-0 at Anfield during Manuel Pellegrini's final season in charge – although they did get some revenge after beating the Reds in the League Cup final.

Thanfully, there is almost a guarantee of goals when these two meet, just twice in last 12 meetings has it ended goalless.

Liverpool meanwhile found their form just before the break, putting a woeful Arsenal to the sword at Anfield. Former Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has since joined up, and could be in line for his debut today.

Stick around, all your team news is on the way.