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Starting line-ups Liverpool

25 rling Reina 34 Kelly (Enrique 65) 16 Coates 37 Skrtel 02 Johnson 08 Gerrard 21 Lucas (Shelvey 4) 24 Allen 31 Sterling 07 Suarez 27 Borini (Carroll 83)

Manchester City
01 Hart 04 Kompany 05 Zabaleta 28 K Toure 13 Kolarov 07 Milner (Silva 75) 08 Nasri (Rodwell 59) 32 De Jong 42 Y Toure 32 Tevez 45 Balotelli (Dzeko 61)

01 Jones 03 Enrique 23 Carragher 14 Henderson 19 Downing 30 Shelvey 09 Carroll Ref: Marriner

30 Pantilimon 06 Lescott 15 Savic 17 Rodwell 21 Silva 62 Razak 10 Dzeko

0- Kick off. 4- Lucas injury, Shelvey comes on to replace him. 17- Borini misses good chance from 8 yards after great cross from sterling. 18- Tevez hits the post from near impossible angle after beating Reina to the ball. 30- Good spell of dominance from Liverpool, pressuring Man city and splitting the defence. 33- Fantastic ball from Gerrard puts Kompany in an awkward situation and the ball goes just over the bar from the defenders shin. 34- GOAL! Skrtel with a powerful header from the resulting corner. 45+2- Half time. Impressive first half from Liverpool, they are putting pressure on the champions. Looking comfortable and composed on the ball and creating chances. 45- Second half underway. 59- Nasri is replaced by Rodwell, Nasri has hardly figured today, Mancini looks too sure up the midfield by putting on new boy Rodwell. 61- Balotelli is replaced by Dzeko, very average game for Balotelli not causing the Liverpool defence many problems. 63- GOAL! Toure sweeps into the net after poor defending from Liverpool. 65- Kelly comes off for Enrique allowing Johnson to go to right back. 66- GOAL! Spectacular free-kick from Suarez. He bends it round the wall from all of 25 yards. Just out of the reach of Joe Hart. 75- Silva comes on for Milner. 79- GOAL! Tevez scores a century of goals in English football. Horrific error by Skrtel who passes back to Tevez who calmly rounds the goal keeper and taps it in.

83- Carroll comes on for Borini. 86- Dzeko has a good chance near post after good work from Tevez. 90- Four minutes of time added on. 93- Suarez gets a yellow card for descent. 94- Full time at Anfield. Very good performance from Liverpool deserved a win but two defensive mistakes allowed Man City to get back into the game. Man City still remains undefeated in the Premiership and Liverpool still looking for their first win. Man of the Match- Joe Allen

Match Report:
After a largely disappointing opening game for Liverpool, a tricky test up against the Champions was not the best fixture for the Rodgers Revolution. However Liverpool were very unlucky not to come out of the match with all three points after a 2-2 draw. Martin Skrtel opened the scoring with a bullet header in the 34th minute, from a Steven Gerrard corner. The centre back left Joe Hart in the Manchester City goal no chance as Liverpool celebrated a much deserved lead after a dominant spell. It was clear to see Rodgers mentality was getting through to the Liverpool players, with the first half performance filled with composure and controlled passing. A key example of this was Joe Allen who completed 26 passes with a 100% completion record in the first half. Allen the 15 million man from Swansea was a prominent figure in the game resulting in him being awarded the man of the match. Manchester city playing their new formation of three at the back with wing backs were leaving plenty of gaps for which the extremely impressive Raheem Sterling on his premier league debut. However the class Manchester City have in their team can never be ignored and Tevez nearly put the Citizens in the lead with a shot from a near impossible angle hitting the post. The second half started as the first had finished with Liverpool pressurising Manchester City and trying to retain the ball. Then in the 63rd minute after some sloppy Liverpool defending Yaya Toure was able to sweep home the ball from 6 yards. Manchester City was level for just over 2 minute when Steven Gerrard had a shot from long range which hit Jack Rodwell on the arm. The contentious decision gave Liverpool a free kick. Suarez took aim and scored a magnificent effort, swerving it around the wall just out of the reach of Joe Hart. Martin Skrtel, the earlier hero soon became the villain, gifting Carlos Tevez his 100th goal in English football with a miss timed back pass. Tevez calmly rounded Reina and slotted it into the open net. In the closing stages both teams had a chance to get all three points with both Andy Carroll and Edin Dzeko coming close to scoring. Mancini believed his team showed good character to come from behind twice however will need to improve if they are to retain their crown as the Premiership champions. Mancini went on to say that with the transfer window closing in the next few days they should try very hard to sign some new players.

Rodgers believed that his team played with a terrific game plan in order to stop Manchester City playing their own way. He also went on to mention the youth aspect Liverpool played today, starting with both Sterling and Coates and later bringing on Shelvey. Rodgers applauded the plays in particular Sterling who Rodgers claims has been outstanding and really developed a responsible part of his game.