Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini praised the performance of his side after their comfortable 3-0 win over Liverpool at the Etihad last night.

Mancini admitted January is a crucial month for City, who will sorely miss the influential Yaya Toure, who departs for the African Cup of Nations soon.

Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish's post match interview was dominated by reaction to Liverpool's announcement they would not appeal Luis Suarez's 8 match ban.

The Liverpool manager defended his stance with regards to Suarez, with neither the club or the player apologising for alleged racism despite being found guilty.

Elsewhere last night, Tottenham moved to within 3 points of Manchester United but were made to work hard for their win by a determined West Bromich Albion side.

Tonight, Sir Alex Ferguson's side can go level at the top if they can get a result at Newcastle United. Rio Ferdinand could return to the squad alongside Wayne Rooney.

Transfer news

Today's transfer news sees reports Manchester United are targeting CSKA midfielder Alan Dzagoev - the so called "Russian Messi". (talkSPORT)

Tottenham are said to targeting both West Ham defender James Tomkins and Blackburn's Christopher Samba as defensive injuries mount. (Daily Mail)

Gary Cahill's move to Chelsea could collapse due to the defender's wage demands - with Cahill reportedly holding out for £120,000 a week . (Metro)

Arsenal and Liverpool target Lukas Podolski has ruled out a January transfer - but hinted he could move in the summer. (Goal)

And finally, Roberto Mancini has revealed he is still hopeful or signing Roma's Daniele de Rossi, who is yet to sign a new contract with the Italians. (SkySports)

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