By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
The clash between last season’s Premier League victors City and runners-up Liverpool saw the hosts emerge victorious courtesy of a 3-1 win at the Etihad.
The match was an early-season opportunity for the two sides to set out their stall, and whilst the Reds were the more impressive for the vast majority of the first half, once City edged in front there was only going to be one winner.
Edin Dzeko scuffed the first real opportunity wide, whilst Daniel Sturridge – facing his former club – saw a well-struck effort beaten away by Joe Hart.
With four minutes of the first half remaining, the hosts seized the lead. Samir Nasri played the ball in and Albert Moreno dallied in possession, allowing Stevan Jovetic to nip in and fire home to make it 1-0.
It was a painful end to the half for an otherwise solid looking Liverpool, and whilst they had the ball in the back of the net courtesy of Sturridge soon after the break, the goal was disallowed for offside.
And things took a turn for the worse for the visitors as Jovetic doubled his and City’s tally. The forward picked out Nasri, who returned neatly, and Jovetic made no mistake from six yards.
Sergio Aguero was introduced to continue his return to match fitness, and his impact was immediate as he made it 3-0. Jesus Navas set the Argentina international through and he made no mistake, beating Simon Mignolet at his near post.
There was a consolation for Liverpool with seven minutes of the game remaining. Rickie Lambert powered a header that was superbly saved by Hart, but the ball rebounded off Pablo Zabaleta and into the back of the net to make it 3-1.
Liverpool ended the match with 10 men as Glen Johnson was forced off with injury after Rodgers had used up his substitutes, but in truth City were always going to hold out for the three points that gives them two wins from a possible two.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Moreno, Skrtel, Lovren, Gerrard, Henderson, Allen, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge