Here is Sportsmail’s live blog for updates on the FA Cup semi-final clash between Manchester City and Liverpool.
Follow live updates as Liverpool and Manchester City go head-to-head once again in the latest chapter of their heavyweight rivalry
39 min: Fair play to Steffen. Alexander-Arnold rakes a pass down the middle for Salah, who would be clear on goal had the keeper not read the danger, coming well out of his area to control and clear under pressure. That’s some brave work given what happened earlier.
37 min: Fabinho is booked for a cynical clip on Jesus, who was making good down the right. This is getting scrappy.
36 min: Salah rolls a pass down the left for Robertson, who initially looks like romping clear into the box. But Cancelo comes across and executes a perfectly timed sliding tackle, even winning the throw. Top-drawer defending.
35 min: Silva kicks the back of Mane’s leg. Again he gets away with one. On the touchline, Klopp enters into a discussion with the fourth official. You can probably guess the content.
33 min: The referee is in a laissez-faire mood all right. Now he shows lenience with Mane, who had wafted a hand into Cancelo’s face while challenging for Alexander-Arnold’s long ball.
32 min: Silva comes clattering into Fabinho and becomes the second City player fairly lucky to avoid a booking.
31 min: City are beginning to dominate possession, but aren’t doing a whole lot with it.
29 min: Another shaky Alisson clearance, Grealish nearly closing him down, the ball pinging off the City man and inviting a period of pressure. Nothing comes of the phase, but the nerves are showing at both ends.
27 min: Diaz spins into space in the middle of the park and is cynically tripped by Jesus, who goes into the book.
26 min: Sterling has a run at the Liverpool defence. Diaz and Robertson combine to close down the route. Thiago sashays up the other end and finds Salah on the right. Salah tries to find Mane at the far stick but his cross is intercepted easily by Stones.
24 min: Fernandinho hangs out a leg as Diaz makes his way down the left. It’s a free kick, but he’s very lucky not to go into the book. Robertson’s ball in is easily dealt with by City.
22 min: That’ll have caused Alisson some consternation, the goalkeeper’s union and all that. He makes a couple of slightly shaky clearances himself. There but for the grace of God, etc.
20 min: City pass the ball back to Steffen. Ironic cheers. It’s going to be a long 70 minutes for poor Steffen.
19 min: Did City learn nothing from Ederson’s scrape with Diogo Jota in the Premier League match last week?! Oh my.
GOAL! Manchester City 0-2 Liverpool (Mane 17)
This is a complete farce! City stroke it around the back. The ball ends up at the feet of Steffen, on the edge of his six-yard box. Steffen takes a heavy touch. Enough to let Mane slide in and force the ball into the net! An absolute howler by the City keeper!
15 min: Fernandinho takes a free kick in the centre circle, looking for Cancelo down the right. He springs him clear, but the offside flag goes up. City come again, though. A high cross comes in from the right. Foden does well to win a header, stretching every sinew, but he can only send the ball looping into Alisson’s arms.
13 min: Thiago finds Salah down the right. Salah is uncharacteristically ponderous and fails to get a cross in. Liverpool are on top right now.
11 min: Now it’s City’s turn to win a corner, Sterling panicking Van Dijk into a sliced clearance. Foden hits the first man with a poor delivery. Meanwhile red smoke from a flare wafts through the Liverpool box.
GOAL! Manchester City 0-1 Liverpool (Konate 9)
Mane skitters down the left and wins a corner. It’s sent into the mixer by Robertson. Konate rises highest on the edge of the six-yard box, miles above Ake, and powers a header into the top left! Three in three for the big defender; the man’s a goal machine.
8 min: Sterling takes Konate on in a foot race down the left. He doesn’t win it, but only because the defender gives him a light shove in the back. No free kick, but this could develop into an interesting duel.
7 min: Stones floats another poor ball across the edge of his own box and nearly lets Keita in. Liverpool’s press is causing City one or two problems in these early exchanges.
6 min: Stones ships possession cheaply, allowing Mane to scoop a pass into the box for Salah, who can’t quite get the ball under control. Keita tries to keep things going out on the right but Zinchenko and Foden combine to ensure there’s no shot on goal.
4 min: The first shot in anger is taken by Grealish. Fernandinho rakes a diagonal pass towards Cancelo on the right. Cancelo cuts back for Grealish, who hesitates before taking a shot that’s blocked. He should have taken that one first time.
2 min: A high-octane start. Alisson blooters a pass down the right wing. Steffen hoicks another out of play. Alexander-Arnold swishes a ball down the right for Salah, who is miles offside. Plenty of time yet for everyone to find their feet.
Liverpool get the ball rolling … but only after the players take a knee. There’s no room for racism.
Before kick-off, a moment of silence to commemorate the 97 fans who died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. JFT97.
The teams are out! Wembley is packed to the rafters, sun shimmering across the hallowed turf, and the place is bouncing. Both sets of supporters are definitely up for the cup. Manchester City wear their sky blue, while Liverpool are all in red. The two best teams in the country are about to face off for a place in the 141st FA Cup final. We’ll be off in a couple of minutes!
Pep Guardiola talks to the BBC … “The team we select is fantastic. We had no alternative. We have incredibly mentally and physically demanding fixtures. There is no other chance to do it. Fresh legs, fresh mentality. This is an important one. Exciting. We don’t choose competitions, we try in every game to do our best.”
… as does Jurgen Klopp. “It’s my seventh season in England and I have said everything in meetings once, twice, three times, four times, but I have never said ‘Welcome to the semi-final of the FA Cup’ [giggles] so I was allowed to say that today. It’s big for us. It is our first chance and hopefully we can use it.”
There’s already a carnival atmosphere at sunny Wembley. Thousands of fans are flocking to the stadium bedecked in blue or resplendent in red, in honour of their heroes. This gentleman has pinned his colours to the mast with an old-fashioned bespoke hat …