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Corner taken right-footed by Dirk Kuyt from the right by-line, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
Joleon Lescott challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Adam Johnson results in a free kick. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Joao Alves Jo. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
Milan Jovanovic leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Pacheco.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Pablo Zabaleta coming on for Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Carlos Tevez leaves the field to be replaced by Joao Alves Jo.
Unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Babel takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Gareth Barry makes a clearance. Glen Johnson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Ryan Babel is brought on as a substitute for Fernando Torres.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Milner by Milan Jovanovic. Direct free kick taken by James Milner.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line, clearance by Daniel Agger.
Adam Johnson fouled by Milan Jovanovic, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, save by Jose Reina.
Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Joleon Lescott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Carlos Tevez, free kick awarded. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
Martin Skrtel concedes a Penalty for a foul on Adam Johnson. Penalty taken right-footed by Carlos Tevez and scored. Man City 3-0 Liverpool.Assist by Adam Johnson.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line, Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Dirk Kuyt results in a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Joleon Lescott results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Micah Richards results in a free kick. Micah Richards is booked. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard. Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Steven Gerrard produces a drilled right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and strikes the post. David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Fernando Torres takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Kolo Toure.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard shoots direct from the free kick.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Barry. Corner from left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
Corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line, Carlos Tevez grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-0 Liverpool.Micah Richards provided the assist for the goal.
Milan Jovanovic crosses the ball, save by Joe Hart.
Milan Jovanovic fouled by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Micah Richards challenges Milan Jovanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Glen Johnson results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
David Ngog is ruled offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Steven Gerrard goes wide right of the goal.
Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher. Corner taken right-footed by James Milner, Headed effort from inside the area by Micah Richards misses to the left of the target.
Shot from just outside the box by Adam Johnson misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, Micah Richards makes a clearance.
Effort from 18 yards by David Ngog. Save by Joe Hart.
Shot from outside the area by Daniel Agger misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Joleon Lescott, Daniel Agger makes a clearance. James Milner takes a short corner. Adam Johnson sends in a cross, save by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Joleon Lescott. Free kick taken by James Milner.
Fernando Torres fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Effort from a long way out by Gareth Barry goes wide right of the goal.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Joleon Lescott. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Fernando Torres fouled by Micah Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick, Micah Richards makes a clearance.
Effort from deep inside the area by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the goal.
Gareth Barry fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from James Milner.
Shot from long range by Adam Johnson goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Glen Johnson. Dirk Kuyt takes the free kick.
David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
James Milner fouled by Daniel Agger, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Johnson.
Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Johnson. Martin Skrtel goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Adam Johnson, clearance by David Ngog.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
The match has kicked off.
The half-time whistle blows.
The game restarts for the second half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Milner to make City debut
England midfielder James Milner is set to make his debut for Manchester City against Liverpool at Eastlands.
Milner sat out the 1-0 victory against Timisoara in the Europa League play-off first leg match after arriving from Aston Villa.
Manager Roberto Mancini will monitor the fitness of striker Mario Balotelli, who picked up a knock after scoring the winner on his debut.
Summer signings Aleksander Kolarov (ankle) and Jerome Boateng (knee) are again ruled out through injury.
Mancini expects Liverpool to pose a big threat to their hopes of a Champions League place.
Even though the campaign is only in its infancy the meeting of the two clubs at Eastlands could have huge significance come May.
While City have rebuilt their squad at vast expense, Liverpool have been more subdued, making a splash with the free-agent signing of England midfielder Joe Cole while also bringing in Christian Poulsen, Milan Jovanovic, Jonjo Shelvey, Danny Wilson and Brad Jones.
However more significantly for Mancini, new manager Roy Hodgson has kept hold of his best players.
Steven Gerrard has said he is happy to carry on and help Liverpool try and improve on a disappointing seventh place in the Barclays Premier League last season.
Spain striker Fernando Torres, with a World Cup winner's medal in his pocket, is also up for the challenge.
Torres is getting back to full fitness after injuring his thigh in the World Cup final and was on the bench in the draw against Arsenal.
Despite needing two knee operations during the season he still managed to finish with 22 goals in 32 games in all competitions for his club.
Argentina enforcer Javier Mascherano remains on board even though he has been linked to a move away from Anfield.
Mancini knows his side face a stiff test in their first home game in from of an expectant public.
He said: "Liverpool are a strong team. They did not sell any players from last season.
"We want to win but I have a lot of respect for them and a lot of respect for Roy Hodgson. It should be a good match."
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole begins a three-match domestic ban after his sending off against Arsenal but Mascherano is making good progress in his recovery from a calf injury.
Daniel Agger is less likely to feature after suffering concussion in the Arsenal game but the Dane has not yet been ruled out.
Gerrard will return after being rested for the Europa League tie against Trabzonspor and Torres is pushing for his first start of the season.
Dirk Kuyt, Glen Johnson, David Ngog and Martin Skrtel could also be back while Poulsen is in contention for a Premier League debut.
Liverpool manager Hodgson claims he is in no position to feel envious of City.
"I am never jealous," said Hodgson, who boasts a wealth of experience from a coaching career that has taken him around Europe.
"I am in a position where I want to be and I am working for a club I have always wanted to work for.
"I think it is for other people to be jealous of me. It would be very sad if someone who has been as fortunate as I have in my career starts getting jealous of other people.
"I knew what I was coming to when I came to Liverpool and I have been very pleasantly surprised by everything, especially the reception I got from the players and fans and the way the players have responded to the work we have tried to do."
The game has been billed as a clash of the old stagers versus the new pretenders but Hodgson sees no reason why Liverpool should not aspire to the same heights as Mancini's City this season.
The former Inter Milan and Fulham boss said: "We both have high ambitions. I'll be disappointed if we have a bad season, he will be (if they do) too.
"Expectations are high whatever you do - if you spend no money there are high expectations, but when you spend a lot of money the expectations are a little bit greater.
"He [Mancini] is used to that - like myself he has worked at Inter. When you work there you are used to high expectations."
Although uncertainty surrounds Liverpool's future ownership, spirits on the field are high after an encouraging season-opening draw against Arsenal last week.
Hodgson believes it is as good a time as any to be playing City.
He said: "If you look at their squad on paper and the quality of players they have bought, everybody sees them as being a strong squad. We are going to have to be at our best to get a result."
City outclass Reds
Manchester City flexed their enormous muscles at Eastlands on Monday to delight the man who made it all possible and deliver a 3-0 win which was their biggest beating of Liverpool since 1937.
Sheikh Mansour could not have picked a better night to watch the team he has spent #1billion on in a league game for the first time.
With James Milner enjoying an outstanding debut, City were far too good for a Liverpool side who have a week to get themselves into some sort of shape given Javier Mascherano's absence seems like the next step in a big-money move to Barcelona.
Milner set up Gareth Barry for City's opener before Carlos Tevez claimed to have got a touch to Micah Richards' goalbound header just after half-time.
A brilliant double save from Joe Hart snuffed out any chance of a revival before Tevez sent Pepe Reina the wrong way from the spot after Martin Skrtel had fouled Adam Johnson.
It capped a performance that proves City have the credentials and the talent to win the biggest prize they can this season, if manager Roberto Mancini can keep his vast squad happy.
Had he so wished, Manchester City's immensely rich owner could have had his pre-match meal at the new 'City Square' on Joe Mercer Way, part of the #20million stadium revamp that has taken place since he took control from the discredited former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Rather more costly were the players he has helped assemble.
Nine of them were part of Roberto Mancini's starting line-up - Richards and Hart the two exceptions - a sign of the revolution that has taken place in the past two years.
Long-standing City fans are still pinching themselves at having the opportunity to watch the likes of Yaya Toure and Tevez.
But down the years, they have taken a huge amount of pride in their academy, which has produced so many first-team players, Richards among them.
The level City are operating at now means continuing that work is going to be tough. Instead, pleasure has to be derived in different ways.
So to have the stamp "Made in England" embossed on their first Premier League goal of the season was an achievement to be noted.
That the goal came about because of a momentary failure from Steven Gerrard just brought added poignancy.
Johnson spotted Milner advancing just beyond the Liverpool skipper and found him with a smart pass.
Milner delivered the perfect cut-back into an area he hoped a team-mate had filled.
Barry obliged and did the business from 10 yards with a neat side-footed finish.
It was the high point of a one-sided first-half.
Tevez and Johnson both found the side-netting from an acute angle. Johnson had earlier driven a fierce shot wide and Milner's running was intelligent and incisive.
Liverpool could certainly not have complained if they had been further adrift.
Roy Hodgson's men struggled to retain any sort of possession, which just confirmed the gaping hole Mascherano will leave should he get his wish to start another phase of his career away from Anfield.
Liverpool appear too deficient in too many areas for Hodgson to waste much time persuading someone intent on leaving that his future remains on Merseyside.
In a meagre first-half, the visitors created just a single chance, which the returning Fernando Torres set up for Gerrard, who wasted it.
The only time Liverpool got any nearer after half-time was in the flurry of activity that followed Gerrard's explosive free-kick that thudded against the post.
Hart was beaten on that occasion but not when David Ngog had a go.
England's new number one palmed that away, straight into Torres' path. It seemed a certain goal but Hart stood firm again, repelling the Spain striker with a magnificent save with his left hand.
That this all came after a second City goal, which Tevez claimed even though any touch to a Richards header from Milner's corner was so faint as to render it impossible to spot.
Reina could not keep it out anyway.
Nor did the goalkeeper do any better when Tevez sent him the wrong way from the spot after Johnson had been fouled by Skrtel.
All summer, the football talk around these two clubs has centred around breaking into that top four.
On this evidence, only City are capable of that. And, thanks to Sheikh Mansour's largesse, they are capable of much more besides too.
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