Monday night English Premier League football witnessed two rivals battle it out on the Ethiad turf.
Last season, both sides fought tooth and nail for the prestigious trophy, but it was the blue side of Manchester that had the last laugh.
In what was a feisty encounter, our writer Femi orchestrates some vital excerpts from the game:
Manchester City are still title contenders: In what was a game about bragging rights, Manuel Pellegrini men didn’t fail to display their intentions. Even though Liverpool were on the front foot in the early stages, the Citizens with the mentality of a title winning outfit, took the baton and drew first blood with Jovetic displacing Liverpool’s Lovren before hitting the ball on goal that a hapless Mingolet couldn’t stop.
Alberto Monero is a future prospect:
Although the spotlight was not on the reds, their £12m summer acquisition proved to be worth every penny spent. His burgeoning pace caused Zabaleta problems. If managed by Rodgers, the 22 year-old has got potentials to become a regular starter.
This is Stevan Jovetic’s season: He managed to score three Premier League goals last season, HE’S GOT TWO IN ONE GAME. The Montenegro forward certainly got something up his sleeves, evident with two crucial goals to lift his team over their Merseyside rivals. Also getting the man of match award, the 24 year old looks the real deal.
Liverpool at risk of top four stumble: Losing Suarez was a big loss. Albeit, Brendan Rogers was determined to ameliorate his squad by bringing in Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana among others, and recently Mario Balotelli, the club must now deal with life without the Uruguayan and focus more on the crop of players at disposal. Sterling and Sturridge are the candidates to work in tandem to bring back glory days. But the duo were neither clinical enough in this game, that the former had an opportunity to tee the latter, but ignorantly picked a wrong option.
City got depth– You need a striker to come off the bench and make two touches for a goal? call Aguero maybe. The Argentine came off the bench to add more misery for the visitors without touching the ball prior to the goal. Having depth in a squad segregates a title winning side to mere competitors.