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Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Manchester City were in ominous form against Liverpool and produced an impressive 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Stevan Jovetic was the star of the show for the hosts, opening the scoring in the first-half and doubling his tally in the second period.

Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score inside 23 seconds of his introduction and secure the win, before Rickie Lambert got a late consolation.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side now have six points out of six, whilst Brendan Rodgers’ Reds lost their first game of the season following last weekend’s win.

Check out the GiveMeSport player ratings below...


Manchester City

Joe Hart - 7

A good save from Sturridge in first-half and Lambert in second before goal - didn’t have much else to do

Pablo Zabaleta - 7

Remains one of the key components of the City side - solid in defence and a threat going forward throughout

Vincent Kompany - 6

A potentially important clearance at 3-1 but was turned early by Sturridge. Improved as game went on before a little bit of panic late

Martin Demichelis - 6

Is now the first choice alongside Kompany and showed why without doing anything spectacular. Good positioning; solid.

Gael Clichy - 7

Appears to have the faith of Pellegrini and did well against Sterling who was taken off in the second-half. Did everything he needed.

Fernando - 7

Screened the back four with relative ease as Liverpool’s pace dropped and must take credit for that.

Samir Nasri - 8

A lovely cut-back for Jovetic’s second goal and looked like a genuine threat going forward throughout.

Yaya Toure - 6

Given the high standards expected of Toure, he wasn’t his usual dominant self. Could have been sent-off late

David Silva - 7

Another fine display without doing anything outstanding. Regularly involved in dangerous attacks.

Stevan Jovetic - 9

The Montenegro international has put his injury problems behind him and took both goals well from close range.

Pinched the ball from Moreno to smash home the first, then tucked away the second after a sublime flick create the opening. Man of the Match.

Edin Dzeko - 7

Outshone by his strike partner on the evening, but does a job for Manuel Pellegrini and will have bigger and better nights.


SUBS:

Jesus Navas - 7

A sublime ball for Aguero’s goal - a great asset off the bench.

Sergio Agüero - 8

Scored in under a minute - world class.

Fernandinho - 6

Allowed Yaya Toure to push forward - consistent.

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet - 5

Conceded three goals from four shots on target - couldn’t do much with the first two but near post exposed for third.

Glen Johnson - 5

Remains a bit of a mystery for the Reds and did nothing of note. Needs to offer more going forward; questionable positioning for second goal.

Dejan Lovren - 5

Didn’t help Moreno with first goal despite winning header; still has communication issues with Skrtel.

Martin Skrtel - 6

Needs to do more as senior centre back and help Lovren on big occasion - strong in the tackle but improvement required with inexperience teammates.

Alberto Moreno - 4

At fault for the first goal and was exposed - not helped at all in-front but showed some impressive pace going forward and recovering in second-half. Possible promise, at least.

Joe Allen - 5

Got the nod and looked assured in first 30 minutes but became less affective as game went on. Hooked in second-half.

Steven Gerrard - 5

A struggle alongside Allen and will be disappointed with his impact going forward.

Jordan Henderson - 5

Full of running and influential early on but couldn’t get in game when it mattered in second-half.

Philippe Coutinho - 4

Struggled on left hand side and found himself in defensive positions he couldn’t handle with Moreno. A big issue for Rodgers as creativity stifled on the flank.

Raheem Sterling - 5

Looked like he was going to be a major threat in the first period but as City grew in confidence he faded against Clichy.

Daniel Sturridge - 6

Lively as always; scored from just offside position and played beautiful cross for Lambert’s goal. Unusual lack of service.

SUBS:

Lazar Markovic - 5

Failed to make the impact Brendan Rodgers would have hoped for.

Emra Can - 3

Booked, could have been sent-off, headed over from a corner - average at best.

Rickie Lambert - 7

Offered Liverpool something they did not have in second-half - scored (maybe) and should have grabbed another but was unselfish.

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