Manchester City vs Liverpool: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

After just over one week of the 2014/15 Premier League season, today marks the first biggest match of the season with the Premier League champions against last season’s runner-up.

With the excitement of the Mario Balotelli signing sure to be one of the main talking points of the game, even though he’s not available to play and will be sitting in the stands,

For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown on:

Manchester City vs Liverpool, 3pm ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting lineups:

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Fernando, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko

Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Milner, Navas, Aguero

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Coutinho, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Sturridge

Subs: Jones, Manquillo, Sakho, Toure, Can, Markovic, Lambert

NBC Sports Group’s Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by Graeme Le Saux at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

The match is preceded by Premier League Live at 2 p.m. ET when Tim Howard makes his ’14-15 broadcast debut joining Lee Dixon and ITV Sport’s Matt Smith for a live on-site studio appearance. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live joined by former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, and former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle.

The “Tactical Cam” will be available in both the NBC Sports Live Extra desktop and mobile & tablet presentations of the game. This new second screen application can be viewed in a Picture-in-Picture presentation on desktop where the user has the option of popping up the “Tactical Cam” in the main screen while following the main coverage in a smaller viewing window. On a mobile device or tablet, “Tactical Cam” can be viewed as a separate stream to complement the traditional broadcast view.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

33 thoughts on “Manchester City vs Liverpool: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread”

  1. MCFC 3/ LFC 1

    Wish Kun was starting but second half sub to get 3rd goal for City. Just hope it is a good match. Two highest scoring sides from last year.

    1. Wow!!!! Another spot on prediction from jtm. How do you do it? I hope you’re placing big bets on these matches. Lol.

      1. Guy
        Thanks I should never predict again will never get one that correct ever again. :) But I will and be wrong oh well I am the King for a day :)

  2. Can’t wait till Manquillo gains the confidence from Rodgers to supplant Johnson. Hey Joe! Congrats! Forest top of the table!

    1. Thanks it is very early but at least Forest is scoring unlike last season. The Championship season is a marathon and not a sprint.

  3. After all the stick we’ve taken from United fans and Liverpool fans about history and all that crap look at little old City beating the so called biggest clubs in England.
    We’re here to stay and we are now the biggest club in England.
    Hopefully the Rags stay in mediocrity and Liverpool return their former ways of perpetual Europa league play.
    Time for the pathetic old guard to move on. FFP will only hinder us not stop us.

    1. He’s BAAAACK!!!
      Not sure who that impostor running around in his shirt was from February to July was but the real Kun has returned.

  4. Listening on Talksport. it sounds like City are being bullies without being penalized. Refs missing penalty on Kompany and cards on Toure. Have to watch when I get home.

    1. It was a fair result. What did they say about Skrtel running his studs down Dzeko’s thigh? Can had a big time dive. So all in all City much the better side.

      1. well it seemed like the ball was either behind Mignolet or he never touches it. I wonder about the stats for chances created, I think Liverpool would lead in that category just couldn’t finish.

    2. I don’t think so. Both teams were pretty aggressive. City were better, plain and simple. Liverpool had some good moments but didn’t take advantage in the final third. Sturridge was off today, too. City were ruthless when they had to be. They’re going to be incredibly difficult to beat, particularly at home.

      On the positive side of things, Markovic looked great once he came on and combined very well with Moreno down the wing.

  5. City looked about 2 levels above Liverpool. City just have too much quality. If City play like this they should win the title. They have it all. Liverpool look at least 1 level below last season. They will fight it out for a top 4 spot but it won’t be as easy as last season for them. Liverpool also have Champions League football to contend with so I cannot see them challenging for the title with the quality they have. Early days yet but Liverpool don’t look the part for a title challenge.

    1. MY GOD! After 1 match all these suppositions. Crown them champs now! Last year they weren’t ready for Arsenal and they weren’t ready for the big 2 during Christmas break and then turned it around in half a year. Im not making a big deal out of this result but more worry about the injuries. Maybe we’re not better than City(Team World) or Chelsea but we could be better than everyone else including Arsenal. Liverpool had City on the back foot the entire first-half then the whole match turned on Moreno’s gaffe.

  6. The gulf in quality between the two teams were all too evident tonight. Liverpool played well at times but they never played with any conviction. City looked better all around. When Silva and Nasri are on form no one can match them. There were times when City put together 30+ passes together and were so comfortable keeping the ball that Liverpool were chasing shadows.

    Very early in the season and only 2 games have been played but City look the part after their 2 performances while Liverpool look out of sorts (were poor against Southampton too).

    This Liverpool side looks nothing like the one we saw last season and it almost looks like they are rebuilding rather than continuing from where they left off last season. They have a struggle on their hands just to finish in the top 4-6.

    As long as City don’t take their foot off the pedal they are going to be difficult to take the title away from. Not only do they have quality players but they have a manager that gets his tactics and substitutions right, as we saw tonight. Only Chelsea’s squad and manager come close to matching City. It looks like a 2-horse race for the title with an advantage to City.

    1. I was at a real disadvantage because it totally did not sound like that on radio. In fact it was said a scoreline that did not indicate the competitive nature of play and that they saw no reason why Liverpool would not be a force this year. I wont worry about it.

      1. I’m a United fan and I think that Liverpool were hard done by by the scoreline. The difference today was being Clinical.
        Liverpool played very well and should have scored first.
        The first two goals were mistakes by Moreno because the first he let his guard down and jovetic nipped in front of him to score and the second he didn’t follow his man in the box for the flick and that forced one of the CBs to follow the runner opening up the space.
        Balotelli would have been useful today. Sterling looked lively but that’s become agiven in the past 8 months. Top Class youngster.

  7. Great production by NBC.. Love the onsite studio show…details like this really show how NBC take Premier League fans seriously. Great panel.. Great analysis ..This is much better suited for Howard than a co-commentator.


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