Man City brush Liverpool aside

2010-08-23 23:13

London - Big-spending Manchester City sent out a warning that they may be a threat for the English Premier League title this year with a clinical 3-0 win over a below-par Liverpool on Monday.

Gareth Barry put City ahead and Carlos Tevez scored twice to give City victory in front of owner Sheikh Mansour, who was there to see his side for the first time.

Liverpool were without midfielder Javier Mascherano, who has been linked with a move away from the club and Roy Hodgson's side were second-best throughout.

Barry put City ahead on 12 minutes with a neat finish from James Milner's pull-back but they remained just a goal up at the break as Liverpool came back into it towards the end of the half.

Tevez then got the slightest of touches to divert Micah Richards' header past Pepe Reina in the Liverpool early in the second half to make it 2-0.

Liverpool stepped up their game a little soon afterwards and almost pulled one back when Steven Gerrard hit the post and then Joe Hart made a brilliant double-save from David Ngog and Fernando Torres.

But the match was over on 68 minutes when Martin Skrtel pulled down Adam Johnson and Tevez converted the resultant penalty.


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  • Andrew - 2010-08-24 07:23

    I can't help but wonder what excuses the Liverpool fans will come out with this year, Rafa is gone, now what? They were shocking and Gerrard won't hang around another year if they perform like that..sad to see such a proud club reduced to this..

  • REALITY - 2010-08-24 07:29

    BLUE MOOOOOON!!!!!!!....Well played City....Definitely a 3 team challenge for the the EPL this season...Chelsea, Arsenal & City.... As for pool , Good luck for that Europa league position this season.

  • Up the liverpool - 2010-08-24 09:04

    Well we started were we left off but its understandable as we under new management.Unfortunately Liverpool played very bad once again I still think Lucas and Ngogg should not get first team we need new owners so we can buy another quality striker maybe we should get Peter Crouch back.Torres will come good he showed a glimpse of what he can do.Liverpool need to buy a few more quality players Even at the back they look slow but the season is long and lets hope we get better.

  • liverpool fan - 2010-08-24 09:12

    all we can do now is buy fifa11 and win the league on the ps3, its not gonna happen for us this season, no excuses. like someone said....pathetic

  • Kube$ - 2010-08-24 09:30

    Another dismall season ahead for Liverfool. In debt, one of the worst goal differences already, keeper scores an own goal then lets 3 pass yday, Torres is looking shocking, he doesn not even play first team for Spain anymore and will probably be injured next week, Star midfielder is on strike and wants to leave and battling in the Europa league.@ Andrew, I agree, I am a Gunner but i am sad to see a once proud club reduced to this, WTF is Gerrard still doing with these okes?@ Reality , you forgot to mention Spurs and Manure. As for City, some great signings, Johnson , Milner and Barry looking solid. Glad Adebayour is shining the bench, he earns over 200000 pounds a week but shines the bench, Fabregas learn from this. leave Arsenal for bucks and you will damage your career.

  • Benni - 2010-08-24 09:42

    They are walking alone. I always doubted Roy Hodgson. He is good for the smaller teams. Chelsea will win the league again, followed by Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham, Man United, Aston Villa, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool.

  • @REALITY - 2010-08-24 09:46

    your arogance is astonishing but good luck on your prediction the league is not won in the second week remeber.RED DEVIL TILL I DIE RED DEVIL TILL I DIE.

  • Ex YNWA - 2010-08-24 09:50

    Another disgrace - Roy to be sacked at the end of this season - right now making the top 10 will be a great achievement. Remember Leeds!!!!!! Liverpool are heading this way too!!!. Lucas, Ngog, Kuyt, Skyrtel - all rubbish. Another sad season - no silverware - PS - when is FIFA 11 coming out on PS3

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-24 09:52

    WOW, just like the season isn't won after ONE fantastic win, it isn't lost after a hiding either. Firstly, WELL DONE to City on their 1st win over us in 5 years, well deserved ! Now, if you guy's remember, City hammered Chelsea AND Arsenal 4-1 last season - where did those club's finish & where did City finish ? We were pathetic last night, agreed, but not suprisingly - the Masch & Kuyt issues need to be sorted ASAP, as we need committed player's ! Next, no matter how good you are, you should have to fight for your place - Johnson was no where last night until we went 2-0 down - he has been inconsistent for a while & the lightie, Martin Kelly from the reserves, has been amazing - he should have been replaced. Same with Kuyt, why not bring on Maxi ? I also can't understand how a good player like Riera was sold, and a very good one like Aquilani goes on loan, but good old USELESS, sorry, LUCAS, get's 90 min ? Yaya Toure pwned him all night long & Stevie was outnumbered in midfield - did you guy's see the possession stats ? We had no width, no confidence, no communication, no concentration & worst of all, no defence ! But see, if we lose, it's normally just a 1-0, 2-1 kinda loss, so I believe that a hiding like this (when last did we lose 3-0 btw ?) will actally have a positive effect on the club. With 36 games to go ! WALK ON boy's - we had 3 good spells in the game, and if it wasn't for a brilliant Joe Hart pulling off that amazing double save, things may not have been AS gloomy today - just FOCUS & get the house in order before the transfer window closes !

  • Red Bllod - 2010-08-24 10:20

    True Red i agree with you well said we have a long season ahead and we will get better. I agree Lucas is a waste and Bable shpuld get more time to play. What about Pacheco and Maxi why not play them.

  • @Ex YNWA - 2010-08-24 10:38

    1st October.Gonna be Siiiiick!!!

  • MAGEZI - 2010-08-24 10:50

    Loosing its prt of the game,bt nt we lost lnite.I do believe that we'll be ok.On TORRES,he is frm a long aly off cos of injury,let him recover fully,he'll be unstoppable.My surprise is the inclussion of N'GOG,the boy is good,bt nt fr the whole 90min.Roy must give BABEL chance to partner TORRES.YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE!!!!!!

  • Tito - 2010-08-24 10:52

    Guys dont push the panic buttons just yet. Man City outplayed us, period no excuses. We didnt play that well either which makes the defeat even worse. Having said that I want to add that a new system, new coach, new tactics & philosophy, unfit Torres(big succes factor for LFC) and the speculation around Kuyt & Masch is not good for the team dynamic. I think it is early in the season and we will do better then last season. YNWA REDS for life HATERS!!!

  • @true red - 2010-08-24 11:30

    >???your cooke bruva...did you watch...liverpool are pathetic,they lacked any motivation,will to get to the ball...i mean you only started to close city down when they where running onto your D...your forward pairing lacks any sort of relationship and your midfield had gerrard as CDM???gerrrard,CDM????that says one thing..your new coach OLD roy(ever wonder why he hasnt coached a top team yet??)is looking at liverpool and hoping to pull off a magic trick...but he lacks what liverpool need...a damn magician. second half shoudl of seen gerrard go up,javovocitch(whatever)come back into cdm and your wingers swap. sad to say but the liverfool supporters are going to be crushed this season,terrible coach,terrible team spirit and terrible stadium(40000 is championship level)and im not even going near you defence...LIVERPOOL WILL BE LUCKY TO GET A TOP 10

  • thatsenough - 2010-08-24 11:59

    ok, so, when manchester utd, or chelsea or arsenal loses by a few goals somewhere in this season, we all need to gather around and mention the same things you all just mentioned about liverpool, because its not fair giving roy critizism, with all the new players and management, not alot is expected yet, watch me when another big club gets grubbed for 3 to 5 goals, yes, it will happen, maybe even sooner than u think, yes, ill use this same name, big clubs dont go through seasons with a big loss or two, liverpool in top 2 position in premiership this season,because all the other teams will be underestimating them, also liverpool to thrash manchester city at anfield.

  • Kube$ - 2010-08-24 12:48

    Liverfools love pinning their hopes on Torres, tell me something and dont get me wrong he is a brilliant player, but, is this oke EVER gonna be match fit?

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-08-24 12:56

    Pool played at home against us a week ago and couldnt even do the business - they were out played in the first half and i must admit we had a lucky break so i dont think they as strong even at home

  • mchichwa Aka Deinferno - 2010-08-24 13:00

    Wow! Aint Man City fan,I am Mancini's bonafide fan,but this entire Billion Dollar team made me smile. As long as this sguad remain injury free, many European teams are gonna be tormented. Watch this!!!!!!!!

  • Forever Fan - 2010-08-24 13:17

    rome was not built in a day, so give Liverpool time. Thanks to Benitez and his cronies the club was brought to its knees. Give time and get rid of the crap that wants to leave, we'll be back in all our shining glory. Go Liverpool!

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-08-24 13:49

    Absolutely atrocious!! Couldn't believe it. What the hell was that? Was expecting at least a draw, maybe a win or loss by 1 goal, but 3-0?? I always try to be optimistic, but things aint looking too good. And those of you LFC fans who were crying for 4-4-2, d'ya like the way it played out? Say what you want, but Rafa's 4-2-3-1 did have balance. And with that formation, we could have used Aquilani last night (seriously dumb move to let him go, and rest assured, he won't come back from that loan). Poulsen or Lucas and Aquilani in the middle with Gerrard behind Torres. Would have worked. Instead we have 4-4-2 with Captain Fantastic who does not know how to get back to help plug up holes in midfield. And as for Masch, tear up his contract and let him go. From what I've read on other sites, his team mates are quit pissed with him for pulling off his crap yesterday. He gets paid by LFC so he's supposed to play regardless. His under contract. Does his word mean anything to him? Anyway, no excuses. We were shite. Walk on lads. It's going to be looooong season. YNWA

  • CitizenKane - 2010-08-24 14:04

    Yeehah CITY! After many years of heartache and tears we see light at the end of the long as it is not a train...

  • CitizenKane - 2010-08-24 14:05

    Yeehah CITY! After many years of heartache and tears we see light at the end of the long as it is not a train...

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-24 14:14

    Shankly's Kin, 4-4-2 will work IMHO, but with a Gerrard / Aquilani / Cole / maybe Poulsen - yes, all not quite DM, but i reckon with the pace that team will have, we would be a threat to anyone. What's the real story with Masch by the way ? Was he even there ? My heart sank when I saw Lucas in the tunnel instead of Masch. Even Poulsen should be better ?

  • N.Loggenberg - 2010-08-24 14:39

    Early days yet - BUT a very disappointing performance from Liverpool We couldn''t get the ball last night and when we got it we gave it away !!!!! although,give Roy and his players a chance.I think Torres needs to be up front on his own with Joe Cole or Stevie behind him I would even try Kuyt there, Lucas, Ngog are not Liverpool players, Masch going is a huge blow to us much like Xabi going last year, I hope I''m proved wrong guys. Playing 4-4-2 away to City was naive on Roy''s part. Away to one of your top 4 rivals probably wasn''t the best fixture to change to a less familiar 4-4-2. I understand the dilemma having lost Cole & Masch for various reasons, but had he not loaned Aquilani out he could have filled the Cole role and given us some creativity in the final 3rd, or he could have played Poulsen in the centre and used Gerrard in behind Torres utilising a highly effective proven partnership instead of N'gog/Torres who didn''t really show any decent link-up play.Torres had to resort to coming out wide to receive the ball when he''s most effective on the last defender or in the box receiving the final ball.I also think that until we find a proven strike partner for Torres, we''re never going to be a real threat playing 4-4-2.I agree with Roy saying they weren''t 3 goals better than us, with 2 having come from set-plays. But if you''re not attacking, you''re defending, and the lack of possession invited them to score. Whatever Roy has in mind, I hope it starts to click soon. Otherwise whilst Man City & Spurs get stronger, we''ll fall further behind.I hope Roy can learn from this performance and get us playing some good football again, come on Roy! YNWA

  • Michael - 2010-08-24 14:47

    It hurts to witness a loss like that, but I'll support you through these tough times boys.

  • True London - 2010-08-24 15:02

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Torres is as useless as they come he got his model contract now he is happy as for city they still won"t win a league cos they got a rubbish gaffer as for pool hope u get relegated and to all the little girls that say i am this fan but hope you do well sod off go watch la liga and leave proper footy alone you embarras proper fans o and i dont believe there are real city fans in RSA

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-08-24 15:04

    Dudes - sorry to say but Roy not the man to save LFC - We needed some DECENT new owners - and a TOP FLIGHT manager who knows how to work in a crisis. We may as well get used to playing Europa Cup competition for the next few years and possibly trying to survive in the EPL - lucky if we finish in the top 10 !!!

  • N.Loggenberg - 2010-08-24 15:47

    @True London- Mate you 're not making any sense and learn to spell first before making inane comments.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-08-24 16:27

    @ TrueRed: There are reports that Masch threw a BF (B**CH FIT) and refused to play because we turned down a crumby 12 mil + Hleb bid (that's right, HLEB!!!!) from Barcelona. Roy was just being courteous, IMO, by saying Masch was "not in the right frame of mind to play". And guys, I'm not saying the season is over after this loss. But Roy just pissed me off by letting Aqualani go. Any of you who followed last season will know that in the last 5-7 games of the season, when he basically had decent fitness, Aquilani was our most creative player on the pitch. Assists and a goal or two in the mix. And he showed the passing range of Alonso too. Critics say he cant cut it with the physicality of EPL. I've seen this guy boss the mid against Chelsea when AS Roma played them in the CL. Also, he has not had the time to settle into the English game yet due to his injury, and his illness in between coming back from the injury. This was supposed to be the Little Prince's season to shine, and what do we do? Ship him off to Juve. This is going to end up like Kristian Nemeth, one of our brightest prospects. Loaned him out to Olympiacos, and now he is on the verge of making the move permanent. Can't believe it. If Gerrard is injured, who's going to play the creative role in midfield? Cole has already said he likes to play in the hole behind the striker. No way his going to play deeper. And then Glen Johnson still goes and says: "Now we have a squad". WTF!!! This is just giving me hernia. I love my club, and I hate it when things happen to it that just don't make sense. I might need to sign up for therapy soon. Everything that's going on at LFC is driving me up the wall. Still no buyer either. Best we can hope for on the squad front is for maybe 2 more creative mid signings.

  • Torres - 2010-08-24 16:53

    All liverpool fans are idiots.

  • Shankly's Red Army - 2010-08-24 20:53

    It will take time for Roy to build a team. Liverpool have a tremendous amount of ground to make up after "the Benitez years", honestly the squad is not strong enough to contest the premiership this season, and only a change in "financial fortunes" will change this. Well done to Man City, they were most impressive, and will only improve as the season progresses. A Liverpool fan always!.

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-25 08:54

    Shankly's Kin - yeah, read that afterwards as well bru, WTF ?! I mean, I love Monster but this is BS ! If the bid is not over 20 mil, throw him in the reserves until his contract is finished - we MADE him - he was sitting on West Ham's bench & Rafa took him & made him Argentina Captain, and this is the thanks he gives ! No wonder some of the guy's body language was not as postive as in the Gunner's game ! And agree on both Aquilani & Nemeth - both outstanding player's, and the only thing consoling me is that I am not at Melwood whilst management are ? Apparently there are a couple of intrested parties, and even though we'll miss this window, I'd rather be patient & get a proper owner/s this time - look what the yanks did to us ! :-(

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-25 10:20

    seems we are not the only ones pissed with Masch - apparently RH planned a 4-2-3-1 for city & had to change at the last minute coz' Masch refused to play as he saw a bid from Barca ! Check this out :,22162,8668_6334523,00.html

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-08-25 13:03

    @ True Red:I knew it was too weird that Roy just all of a sudden switched to 4-4-2. He used the old system in pre-season, the qualifiers and the Gunners game. You're right. Screw the cash plus player crap, 25 mil, or nothing. Let him rot in the reserves. Freeze him out like Rafa did Riera. This is worse than calling the club a sinking ship. He's under contract for Pete's sake. Loan him to Boca with some insane clause that doesn't allow him to go to Barce 'til his contract runs out. I just knew 3-0 was weird. 2-0 or may 2-1. Not 3-0. We usually tighter than that.

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-25 15:45

    Yip. Again, can anyone tell me when last we lost 3-0 ? It was VERY strange ! But the good news about this is we know WHY, and knowing "the Liverpool way", I am POSITIVE we will bounce back - if anything, they should use that anger, like Carra against the Gunner's ! Personally hoping Barca up the bid & take him ASAP - WHY couldn't it be Madrid ! I am a Barca & Atleti supporter in La Liga, and seeing Masch from now on will just p!$s me off bigtime !

  • Scouser hater - 2010-08-26 12:22

    @all you Liverpool supporters! Benitez was the best thing ever when you guys won the 2005 CL and then he was thought to have walked on water when Pool finished 2nd to Man Utd in the 2008/2009 season. Now, he is an idiot? What about Mascherano? He was Liverpools God since the departure of Alonso and now you all want his b@lls on a plate! WTF retards! Give Masch a break! I mean who in their right mind would want to play for a filthy club like Liverpool who have been dropping to new lows from season to season! At least he has more brains than Torres and Gerrard who will be cutting the grass at Anfield in the near future!

  • Pathetic - 2010-08-26 14:56

    @ True Red - if bouncing back is "the liverpool way", then why after loss after loss last season didn't they do exactly that? What a load of hogwash. The only place liverpool is bouncing to is the lower division.

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-27 09:29

    Shame, jealousy makes you nasty I guess :-) At least we won again last night, yeah ok, not the "real" Europe, but we were losing the game & won 2-1, and besides, we have FIVE of the "real" trophies anyway ! We just taking a break this year to let the other english clubs try to catch up so it can at least be interesting, like the league titles :-)

  • scouser hater - 2010-08-27 12:01

    @True Red: Typical response from a Liverpool supporter! Now i know why people call Liverpool LiverFooL! So disgusting you lot are! Taking a break my a$$! Seems like LiverFool have been taking a way too long break! They will be more suited to working in our (S.A) public sector who have been acustomed to taking LONG breaks!!

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-30 12:17

    shame, some okes can't take a joke huh, LOL ! Yeah, you right, our break has been too long when it comes to the title, but guess what, NO ONE has still overtaken us, even though Utd have just enjoyed the best 2 DECADES in their entire history - think about that, and then will understand why LFC will never, ever, be a "Leeds" like some people have suggested

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