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Fine Margins: How Manchester City and Liverpool Forged Football's Ultimate Rivalry

Richard Buxton

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From the publisher:

Fine Margins is the definitive story of how two mainstays of English football took their feuding on to the game's biggest stages. The Manchester City and Liverpool rivalry is synonymous with the Premier League, but its roots go back much further. For over half a century, these two clubs from opposite ends of the M62 have been perennial thorns in each other's side.

Bill Shankly laid the groundwork in the late 1960s before a series of clashes a decade later further stoked the fires, culminating in an attack on City's team bus in 1981 after they beat Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield.

The feud was reignited in the mid-1990s when Liverpool relegated City on the final day of the 1995/96 Premier League season. When they returned to the top flight, Manchester's blue half became the scourge of Merseyside's Redmen, snatching players and points away from them. Countless managers, players and directors have continued what started in the Bill Shankly era, with the rivalry ramped up a notch through the reigns of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

The author:

Richard Buxton is a freelance football journalist based in the North West of England and has been covering the Premier League since 2009. He has regularly covered Manchester City and Liverpool for various outlets. His work has been published by Sports Illustrated, The Football Association, MARCA, Emirates, the Irish Examiner, Yahoo UK, Goal.com and many other publications and websites.


Pitch Publishing
22 x 14 cm
384 pages
August 2020