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Saturday December 28, 2013Manchester City 2 - 1 Liverpool

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games

Manchester City maintained their 100% home record as they saw off title rivals Liverpool at the Etihad, a 2-1 win moving Manuel Pellegrini’s side up to second.

Liverpool went into the game in pole position in the Premier League, though City’s imerious form of late still ensured their status as favourites.

Pellegrini’s men looked to exert their dominance early on and Jesus Navas saw a shot deflect off the post, whilst captain Vincent Kompany headed just wide.

However, it was the Reds who took the lead after Luis Suarez looked to pick out Raheem Sterling, instead Phillippe Coutinho hitting it from a tight angle to make it 1-0.

Yaya Toure went close immediately after before Kompany drew his side level, breaking free of his marker to glance home and make it all square.

Alvaro Negredo, leading the line in Sergio Aguero’s absence, edged the hosts in front with a fine outside of the foot shot to make it 2-1, and City held on to claim the three points and move up to second in the table.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Silva, Nasri, Negredo. Subs: Milner, Dzeko, Javi Garcia, Clichy, Pantilimon, Nastasic, Boyata.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Cissokho, Henderson, Allen, Lucas, Sterling, Suarez, Coutinho. Subs: Brad Jones, Toure, Agger, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Smith.