Nick D

Manchester City too strong for Liverpool winning 3-1

Created on Aug. 25, 2014 4:58 PM EST

Manchester City were too strong for the Reds seeing them off 3-1 at home. Liverpool would be overwhelmed by the forward play and the attackers were too much to handle by the defence. Both teams started knew the importance of this meeting and after they finished so close to each other last season neither wanted to concede to the other. City would begin slowly and look to feel out the new look defence of Liverpool, who were sporting Lovren and new signing Moreno in the lineup. City went for the same duo up front of Dzeko and Jovetic who were strong in their last game against Newcastle. And it was City that were determined to make amends after losing to the Reds 3-2 in their last meeting. The first half played on and slowly City's strength up front was causing problems to the defenders and forcing Liverpool to clear their lines quite often. Moreno was being introduced to English football and the Spaniard needed to be on his toes to ensure Liverpool don't go a goal down. Though minutes before the halftime whistle it was just one slow reaction by Moreno that let Jovetic in to open the scoring. Zabaleta made a good run down the right wing and played the ball into the box. Gerrard would do well to outmuscle Dzeko and get in front and head it back towards the right side. Moreno though would be just that little bit too casual in clearing the ball and Jovetic would pounce and touch the ball away and then squeeze it under Mignolet to give the Sky Blues the lead at halftime.

Jovetic gives Manchester City a 1-0 lead at halftime as Liverpool struggle to cope with the City attackers

The second half would be all City as Liverpool struggled to get any momentum forward and were put under pressure and pushed back into their own half. Dzeko and Jovetic once again were lurking about and Zabaleta was causing all sorts of trouble down the right side. It was inevitable that Liverpool were in real danger of conceding a second. Then once again they would be overwhelmed by the pure class of the star studded City side. Nasri linked up well with Zabaleta down the right side and as he burst into the box he would cut the ball across the goal and Jovetic would have an easy finish into the empty net and double the lead. With still over 30 minutes left, Liverpool knew then they needed to push forward and try to find a way back into this match and were forced to push up with numbers. Rodgers would decide to bring on their new Benefica signing Markovic and the young Serbian had an immediate effect as Liverpool definitely looked much livelier as they searched for a goal. Though just Liverpool though they might have a chance to get something from this game, Aguero would strike and give City a commanding 3-0 lead with 20 minutes of play left. A long ball would catch Liverpool high and the Argentine would sneak behind the defenders and catch Mignolet out of position and slot the ball into the back of the net at the near post. Liverpool would wake up a bit after that goal and with Rodgers deciding to bring on Emre Can and Lambert inot the game to hope for some sort of miracle. The change had an affect as Lambert would contribute and cause an own goal by Zabaleta in the 83rd minute. Though it was all too little and too late as Liverpool would go down 3-1 and then to add to the loss Johnson was forced to come off due to an injury and Liverpool were forced to play out the last minutes with only 10 men. A big blow to Rodgers but a strong message by Pellegrini to the rest of the league that the title is "ours and it is ours to keep"!

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