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Summary

  1. Man City XI: Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernando, Navas, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero
  2. Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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But that's a wrap from us here tonight. We shall see you all later on for Match of the Day. Good evening!

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'Great fun'

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

We didn't give them a second on the ball. Going forward we looked very dangerous, it was great fun. We need to stop slipping up at home. These big wins go unnoticed if you lose at home. But today is a great platform and hopefully we can kick on."

Adam LallanaLiverpool forward

Foxes flying

Leicester City

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Leicester have been on fire since the back end of last season with first Nigel Pearson and then Claudio Ranieri delivering the goods.

Just the 16 points better off than Chelsea since early April...

The running order is in

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MOTD running order: ManC/Liv, New/Lei, WBA/Ars, Wat/ManU, Eve/AV, Swa/Bou, Che/Nor, Sou/Sto. It's an absolute humdinger! @BBCOne 10.20.

Plenty of great games and a whole lot of goals coming your way this evening. 

'It feels perfect'

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on BBC Match of the Day: "It feels perfect! The game was not perfect but it was very good.

"City couldn't start like they want but that is important for us. We played with big passion and that's the most important thing for us.

"The good news is that we can do better. At half-time I told the boys they were surprised to be winning 3-0, and we must do better in that situation.

"We have quality, we could have more goals but 4-1 is perfect. The boys can believe now that they are stronger than many people think." 

Jurgen Klopp
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'Big step'

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

What can i say after 4-1 at the Etihad?. It was far from perfect but we took our chances and made our goals. They were brilliant goals. It's a big step. The crowd was a bit nervous when they couldn't build up their game as they wanted. It was good, really good. We have to learn to be in a clear lead. With results like this the lads will start to believe."

Jurgen KloppLiverpool manager

Jurgen Klopp says that his side need to take a step forwards in belief and that they looked surprised to be 3-0 up, 

Jurgen Klopp congratulates his players
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'Impossible to understand'

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Manchester City

Do I understand? No it is impossible. It is difficult to understand, the performance was very low in defending, attacking. They scored four and could have had three more, it is impossible to understand. We worked well during the week, I don't believe the way we played. We must turn the page, you cannot analyse a performance as low as that. It was a fake game."

Manuel PellegriniManchester City manager
Manuel Pellegrini looks down on the touchline
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'Fake'

Manchester City

Today we did it all wrong - the performance, the way we defended, the way we went forward. It was a fake night, a fake game. It is difficult to understand. If we meant to do it on purpose we couldn't have done it that badly. It is impossible to understand. We tried to make changes and have some options to score. We tried to fight but continued making so many mistakes with the ball."

Manuel PellegriniManchester City manager

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

"It was a fake game," says Manuel Pellegrini, clearly unhappy and agitated. He confirms that if he did it again he would pick the same team. 

The scoreboard displaying a Liverpool victory at the Etihad Stadium
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Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side could not have played any worse if they had tried to on purpose.

Player reaction

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

We need to put this behind us. Fair play to Liverpool, they came out fast. We never seemed to get going. I wouldn't say we are in a state of shock because we knew Liverpool would come out fast. We have dropped three points which is a massive disappointment."

Fabian DelphManchester City midfielder
Fabian Delph walks off dejected
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What next?

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

That heavy defeat leaves City two points behind leaders Leicester and in third place, a point behind rivals Manchester United.

City play Juventus in Turin on Wednesday and then Southampton next Saturday. 

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Not seen Liverpool play that well - or City outplayed in such a way - for long time. Coutinho, Firmino, Can . . difficult to pick a MOTM.

Down but not out

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

BBC Radio Manchester

Former Manchester City defender Paul Lake

Looking at Manuel Pellegrini's philosophy, this will happen when you are so positive and attack minded.

How do they learn from this? How do they sure things up?

These Manchester City guys are class footballers and City's level has dipped today. Joe Hart has not deserved to concede four goals and he was not at fault for any. It could have been six. 

Liveprool were better, strong, fitter everywhere on the pitch and manager Jurgen Klopp got his tactics right.

City lose their top spot and are down, but certainly not out.

Raheem Sterling looks dejected
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Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp's supreme self-confidence. Not often you see a manager walking around a PL field shaking the hands of the opposition #mcfc #lfc

Jurgen Klopp applauds the Liverpool fans
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'A brilliant result!'

Man City 1-4 LIverpool

Liverpool captain James Milner: "City are a top team, they have shown it year on year. We were top class in the first half, it was a brilliant result.

"We had chances to get more but Joe Hart made some top saves. It was a really good performance. It's always strange coming back to a club, I was here for five years and have lots of friends here."

Defender Martin Skrtel: "The way we played in the first half was brilliant.It is the fourh goal I have scored against City - I wouldn't mind playing them every week."

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp is very much the man of the people, he's everywhere on the pitch with his players. Backslaps, hand claps, the lot.

Jurgen Klopp with Raheem Sterling
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'Quite a statement'

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Early days in Jurgen Klopp's reign but this is quite a statement from his #lfc side at the Etihad. Players clearly relishing playing for him

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#bbcfootball = yep, I think this will be the greatest Premier League ever! Chelsea struggling, Leicester at the top, goals galore... :D

Leicester City is the only consistent team in the primer league! #bbcfootball

Best thing about Liverpool's performance is that we didn't need to rush Sturridge back. #bbcfootball

FULL-TIME

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

An emphatic win for Liverpool. Not many saw this coming as Leicester remain top of the pile!

Liverpool celebrate
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INJURY TIME

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Into added time. Manuel Pellegrini wears a hangdog expression.

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Things you've never heard before: Leceister battle Man United for top of the Premier League. #bbcfootball #EPL

Beating Chelsea and City away, Klopp def should be taken seriously #bbcfootball

City's defence, Utd's attack, a little bit of both for Arsenal and this title is wide open! And not just for those three. #bbcfootball

Phil McNulty Q&A

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Where did it all go wrong for Manchester City? Are Liverpool on the rise under Jurgen Klopp? BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty is conducting a Q&A surrounding this game and the rest of today's Premier League matches on the Match of the Day Facebook page, so put your views and questions to him here.

Jurgen Klopp
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CLOSE!

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Almost a second for City as a Kevin de Bruyne cross somehow evades everyone - they were queuing up!

Terrible day at the office

Man City 1-4 Liverpool

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Former Manchester City defender Paul Lake

Set pieces has always been an issue for Manchester City. Look at where the goal has come from, it was sloppy play. Joe Hart made a wonder save beforehand and the corner fell nicely for Martin Skrtel, the Liverpool man made the goal for himself.

A terrible day at the office for City and one they hopefully learn from and learn from quickly.

Liverpool have deserved this, Philippe Coutinho played a huge part in that. At this level, when you give away two goals against a top side, it was uncomfortable from the outset. Since, then City have been chasing the game.

Manuel Pellegrini
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Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Liverpool will be six points off the top four after this. A realistic aim?

GOAL - Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Martin Skrtel (81 mins)

BANG! What a hit! Liverpool do have a fourth and it is hit as hard as you can imagine!

A corner from the right is not dealt with,Martin Skrtelswivels 15 yards out and absolutely smashes a shot right past Joe Hart as the ball bounced nicely for him. As clean a connection as you would wish to see.

Martin Skrtel scores for Liverpool with a volley
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GREAT SAVE!

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

Again Liverpool so close to a fourth! They play Christian Benteke in on goal, right through the middle but not for the first time tonight Joe Hart makes a fine, fine save. He's a hard man to beat.

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

Raheem Sterling in over the top, Simon Mignolet races off his line and slams the door in his face. Kevin de Bruyne puts over another wonderful low cross but it's well defended. City still pushing hard but they've just not been at the races. 

Raheem Sterling
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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool send on Christian Benteke for the final 15 minutes or so as they look to see the game out.

Great day for the Foxes

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

Leicester City

If the result stays like this of course it means Leicester will stay top of the Premier League. What a weekend for Claudio Ranieri and his men. 

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

The Brazilian forward has been superb...

Great to see Roberto Firmino showing what he can do... Picking up the ball in positions where he can do damage & confusing #MCFC defenders.

Roberto Firmino
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Man City 1-3 Liverpool

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Former Manchester City defender Paul Lake

Manchester City don't speak enough on the pitch, I am convinced of that.

Turn, time, man on, you can't have too much complications with those terms. The simple things mean so much.

Liverpool holding firm

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at The Etihad

This game has got that "next goal vital" feel - but Liverpool are not just holding firm, they are looking to add to their lead.

Manchester City have shown more energy in this half but the carnage of the first half has left them chasing the game and badly exposed.

Joe Hart
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Man City 1-3 Liverpool

Have City's slim chances left the field with Sergio Aguero? Liverpool sub Jordon Ibe wins a corner for the visitors with a powerful run. 

Sports science in action

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

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Former Manchester City defender Paul Lake

This is sports science taking over. Sergio Aguero has been told he is only going to have certain number of minutes on the pitch after injury.

Playing over an hour today is still a positive though.

Sergio Aguero
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SUBSTITUTIONS

Man City 1-3 Liverpool

Sergio Aguero is coming off. He's replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho as Philippe Coutinho goes off with an injury for Liverpool.