Manchester City vs Liverpool: Recap, highlights, player ratings, quotes

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Manchester City vs Liverpool is the game of the Premier League season at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (watch live, 11:30am ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com) as the two title contenders collide in a pivotal clash.

This is the big one.


Manchester City vs Liverpool recap, highlights & coverage


Liverpool have the slighter tougher run-in when it comes to the remaining fixtures but whoever wins this game will believe they can go on and win the title. We are truly lucky to be witnessing two of the greatest teams in Premier League history going head-to-head for the title.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Liverpool.

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How to watch Manchester City vs Liverpool live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com
On-site: Joe Prince-Wright will be reporting live from the Etihad Stadium, here


Manchester City vs Liverpool live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright at the Etihad

FULL TIME: And breath. Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool. What a game. I didn’t want it to end! I guess Manchester City will see that as a better point than Liverpool but City had big chances to win it. The gap is still just one point at the top of the table.

Riyad Mahrez with a huge chance to win it, but he chips it up and over the bar. Wow.

90th minute, and Mahrez curls a free kick from distance just off target. Looked like it clipped the outside of the post.

Luis Diaz on for Liverpool. Riyad Mahrez on for City. This is all getting rather tense now.

Salah curls wide, then Jesus fires wide with De Bruyne wanting the ball pulled back. This is end-to-end.

NO GOAL! Raheem Sterling finished but he was just offside. After a VAR check, the goal is disallowed. Still 2-2. This game is chaos.

CHANCE! Salah has taken over this game now. He flicks it through to Jota but his shot is saved by Ederson. It’s all Liverpool. City haven’t got going in the second half.

GOALLL! What a start to the second half. Sadio Mane makes it 2-2 inside the first minute. Mohamed Salah with a brilliant turn and pass for the assists and Mane slams home. So easy for Liverpool to carve through City there. What. A. Game.

HALF TIME: Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool – What a breathtaking first half. City went ahead through De Bruyne, then Jota equalized after a classy move. However, City were much better as the half wore on and Gabriel Jesus deservedly has them ahead. Wow. Some times the big games don’t deliver but this one has. Big time. We get another 45 minutes of this!? Time to refresh your popcorn, folks…

Aymeric Laporte with one of the best last-ditch tackles you will ever see to deny Diogo Jota. How did he do that!? All came from a moment of hesitation from Rodri, as Liverpool remain dangerous on the break.

What a game. You can’t take your eyes off of this. You just can’t. Every time I look down to type in this in the press box I have to look back up. It’s chaos.

GOALLL! What a ball from Joao Cancelo, and Jesus stays onside to tap home at the back post. 2-1 to Manchester City! They deserve that lead. They’ve been excellent. Especially Cancelo.

CLOSE! Joao Cancelo smashes a low shot which take a nick and hits the outside of the post. City getting a lot of joy when they’re playing more direct behind Alexander-Arnold and Robertson.

WIDE! Joao Cancelo played in over the top and he does superbly to tee up Kevin de Bruyne, but his shot clips the outside of the post.

City cranking through the gears here as a ball is whipped over but John Stones can’t get on the end of it. Liverpool looking a real threat on the break.

Ederson, under no real pressure, almost walks the ball into his own net. Jota was so close to deflecting it in. Huge sighs of relief here among the home fans.

GOALLL! 1-1! Jota finishes off after a lovely cross from Robertson is knocked back brilliantly by Alexander-Arnold. What a start. This huge game is delivering early!

GOALLL! 1-0! Manchester City! Kevin de Bruyne’s shot took a huge deflection off Joel Matip and flew in off the far post. City are rampant. What a start to this game.

SAVE! Alisson does superbly to deny Raheem Sterling, who was clean through and six yards out, but the Liverpool goalkeeper stood tall to deny him.

Gabriel Jesus has started on the right, Raheem Sterling through the middle and Phil Foden is on the left. Intriguing. Sterling seems to be focused on Joel Matip.

KICK OFF: We are underway in an absolutely massive game.

Will Raheem Sterling be the difference? Our crew break it down.


Are amazing TV crew are here for this huge game, and so too is Danny Cardenas. He flew in from Washington D.C. overnight and is fired up.

City are out nice and early to warm up. A ripple of applause from the home fans. Tension is hanging in the air.

The team news is pretty interesting here… Liverpool go with Jota, Mane and Salah up top. That’s been their best front three all season.  Man City go with Raheem Sterling, Foden and De Bruyne up top. Grealish and Mahrez are on the bench.

Welcome to the Etihad Stadium! Great atmosphere building.


Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup

Ruben Dias remains out so John Stones and Aymeric Laporte start at center back. Pep Guardiola starts Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling in attack.


Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup

Klopp has no injury issues at all and he was able to rotate his team in the UEFA Champions League win at Benfica in midweek. Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip to come back into the starting lineup as Jota, Mane and Salah start in attack.


PREVIEW

Manchester City sit top of the Premier League table but are just one point ahead of Liverpool with eight games of the season to go. Pep Guardiola’s reigning champs looked to be running away with the title this season but they’ve stumbled a little in recent weeks and Liverpool’s sensational form has set up this potential title decider. The big question for Guardiola is how much the absence of Ruben Dias will impact his side in this clash, plus who will he actually pick to start in midfield and attack? He is awash with options in those areas and only Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden seem like guaranteed starters right now. This is time for Pep Guardiola to prove, once again, just how good he is.

As for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, they are absolutely flying. They face Manchester City at Wembley in the FA Cup semifinal next weekend, plus could meet City in the UEFA Champions League final too, and Klopp relishes these challenges against Pep. In truth, there is a lot of respect between these two coaches and their teams are set up so differently with their style of play but both are brilliant. Liverpool have won 10 Premier League games on the spin heading into this clash and they’ve been grinding out wins in recent weeks to drag themselves back into the title conversation. Can Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane deliver one of their epic displays? They will have to if Liverpool are going to move above City and grab the initiative in the title race ahead of the final month or so of the season.

USMNT reportedly opens contract talks with Gregg Berhalter; Good or bad idea?

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Gregg Berhalter may be sticking around the United States men’s national team program, giving the USMNT coaching continuity as it moves from 2022 World Cup Round of 16 member to 2026 World Cup co-host.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle says that Berhalter is beginning contract discussions with the United States Soccer Federation but also interested in taking a job in Europe with his profile having risen alongside the USMNT at the World Cup.

Berhalter’s current contract ends at the end of the calendar year, and the Yanks have scheduled a domestic camp in January and friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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Berhalter has done some good things for the program, most notably winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup with two different groups. He also straightened out the defending, for the most part, and got out of the World Cup group.

Berhalter successfully recruited Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, two of the program’s stars at the World Cup. He also convinced Malik Tillman, Gaga Slonina, and Jesus Ferreira that the U.S. was the right place for their national team futures.

He also, subjectively, was slow if not downright stubborn in acquiesing to certain points-of-view that made the team better. From Tyler Adams as a right back at the outset of his tenure to saying Tim Ream didn’t fit how he wanted to play about a month before the World Cup… then playing him every minute of the tournament.

But for the most part when lessons were learned, they stayed learned.

Should Gregg Berhalter continue as USMNT boss?

Let’s start here, because it’s necessary: It’s clear that Berhalter cared about his players and the project, whether you like the way he operated or not. This wasn’t a half-assed operation, but one with passion.

So does he still have that passion? Only he can answer that, and if he’d like to get more matchdays in his life then maybe he does want to go back to the club game.

And frankly, that’s fine either way, because his four years with the program were neither amazing nor pitiful. They can be described as anything from a slight disappointment to a minor success, depending on your perspective and expectations.

If you believe that picking up the pieces from the absolute travesty that was failing to qualify for the World Cup from the richest nation and one of the two most talented nations amongst CONCACAF men’s programs was really hard, then you think Berhalter getting the men to the 2022 World Cup and surviving the group with a young group was a solid step in the right direction and a minor success.

If you believe that the American soccer climate is such that you should always make the World Cup out of one of the world’s lesser confederations and that the Yanks progressed as the second team of a group in which they were the second-ranked team according to FIFA and Elo Ratings, well, you can have a different standard.

The Yanks will never again fail to qualify for the World Cup given the expanded field, but hosts have historically had a drastically-improved chance to reach the semifinals. THe federation would have to be confident that picking the best squad regardless of how it reflects on his previous selections — let alone a Best XI — is going to happen under a given coach.

Berhalter’s 49 and is far from the worst or best boss in USMNT history. Whoever’s in the job four years from now will have a chance to go down as either one. Choose wisely, fed. And Gregg! Who knows how far his star could rise with a solid run in Europe, and history says there will be the chance to reconnect with the USMNT job.

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Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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We’re at the 2022 World Cup break, and the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures caused so many shocks.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United are locked in a battle for the top four, while Liverpool have improved and will be back in the Champions League scrap and Chelsea are struggling.

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Who are the early-season candidates for relegation?

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table with a win before the break, with Wolves and Southampton currently occupying the other two relegation places.

Leicester have picked up a few big wins, while West Ham, Everton and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom-three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – Matchweek 16

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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