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Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Edin Dzeko. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, save by Joe Hart.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball.
Effort from inside the area by Rodriguez Maxi misses to the left of the target.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Foul by Stewart Downing on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
Steven Gerrard has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Adam Johnson takes a shot from outside the penalty box and hits the post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Edin Dzeko on Jose Reina. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Daniel Agger receives a caution.
Effort by Sanchez Jose Enrique from a long way out goes over the target.
Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Adam Johnson. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi is brought on as a substitute for Jay Spearing.
Joleon Lescott is brought on as a substitute for David Silva.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a Penalty. Penalty taken right-footed by James Milner and scored. Man City 3-0 Liverpool.Assist by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Foul by Gareth Barry on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded. Gareth Barry is sent off. Free kick taken by Craig Bellamy.
Sergio Aguero leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Johnson.
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Craig Bellamy goes wide left of the target.
Craig Bellamy takes a short corner. The ball is sent over by Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
Glen Johnson challenges Sergio Aguero unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Glen Johnson for unsporting behaviour. Steven Gerrard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Adam. Craig Bellamy replaces Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Andy Carroll fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Jay Spearing restarts play with the free kick.
Charlie Adam challenges Kolo Toure unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
Centre by Charlie Adam, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance. Corner taken short by Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Spearing. Free kick crossed right-footed by Charlie Adam, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance. Glen Johnson produces a cross.
Foul by Gareth Barry on Jay Spearing, free kick awarded. Gareth Barry receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Foul by Charlie Adam on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. Strike comes in from David Silva from the free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Andy Carroll misses to the right of the target.
The ball is sent over by James Milner, save made by Jose Reina.
Stewart Downing handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
Corner taken by James Milner played to the near post, Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, Gnegneri Toure Yaya finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Man City 2-0 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from David Silva.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kolo Toure on Charlie Adam. Jordan Henderson shoots direct from the free kick.
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, James Milner manages to make a clearance.
Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Charlie Adam produces a cross, clearance made by Micah Richards.
Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, blocked by Gareth Barry. Charlie Adam takes a short corner.
Unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by David Silva results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam, save by Joe Hart.
Inswinging corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line, save made by Jose Reina.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Glen Johnson.
Dirk Kuyt delivers the ball, save made by Joe Hart.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball, blocked by Gael Clichy. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line played to the near post, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Andy Carroll challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Headed effort from the edge of the area by Andy Carroll goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line to the near post, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
Goal scored by Sergio Aguero from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Liverpool.David Silva provided the assist for the goal.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. James Milner decides to take the corner short.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross.
Balotelli could make City return
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli could return for their Barclays Premier League clash against Liverpool.
The Italian was not risked in the New Year's Day defeat at Sunderland due to a slight ankle problem suffered in training.
With no fresh injury concerns, manager Roberto Mancini has a full-strength squad - aside from the absent Carlos Tevez - and will consider changes for the second of two games in just over two days.
Liverpool frustrated then unbeaten City as they held them to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in November.
Since then Liverpool have had some disappointing results of their own but they impressed in a 3-1 defeat of Newcastle last Friday.
Mancini said: "They are in good form, but all the teams are in good form.
"We are in an unlucky moment, but things can change in two days.
"But at the same time we need to think positively for the next game and for the future.
"We play again quickly and we should have good concentration for the next game.
"We have 45 points and we have scored 53 goals, and I think we need another 45 points in the second half."
Striker Luis Suarez is expected to return to Liverpool's squad after suspension.
The Uruguay international served a one-match ban for Friday's win over Newcastle but is likely to be back in the starting line-up for the clash against the Barclays Premier League leaders.
Captain Steven Gerrard, a goalscorer against Newcastle, has made two substitute appearances totalling 52 minutes after two months out with an ankle infection and could be in contention to start.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists super-rich City's super-talented squad hold no fears for his side.
The air of invincibility which has enveloped the Premier League leaders for most of the season has evaporated over the festive period.
City have taken just one point from two matches, during which time they have failed to score against West Brom and Sunderland, who inflicted only their second defeat of the campaign at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
They were second best in their encounter at Anfield in late November but escaped with a 1-1 draw and Dalglish draws confidence from all those factors.
"They are a fantastic side but so are we so we are not going to go there and be scared," said the Scot, whose team go into the match on the back of a 3-1 win over Newcastle on Friday.
"It is all well and good saying they have loads of money but they have a good team.
"The money they have everyone else would love to have but unfortunately they don't.
"We will go and play whichever 11 they put on the pitch and it doesn't matter how much they cost.
"But we have the utmost respect for what they have done, we will respect and appreciate their ability.
"They are certainly a really difficult side to play against and we have our work cut out but we will work hard and fingers crossed we will come home with a result."
City move clear after cruise
Normal service was resumed for 10-man Manchester City as they once again put daylight between themselves and rivals Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League table with a 3-0 victory over Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
After just one point and no goals from two matches, they were given an easy ride on their way to opening up a three-point cushion over their neighbours, who will try to reduce the gap again at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Despite their recent wobble Roberto Mancini's side are still a formidable force, especially at home, and they extended their 100% home league record this season to 10 matches and made it 55 points out of a possible 57 in at the Etihad Stadium in the last year and three days.
It was only the second time this season Liverpool had conceded more than one in a league match - and their worst result since losing 4-0 at Tottenham in September - but it could easily have been more.
Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure did the damage in the first half after benefiting from defensive lapses and even after Gareth Barry was sent off, City added a third with James Milner's penalty.
Mancini's side were fortunate to escape from Anfield with a 1-1 draw in November but this encounter was not even close as they recorded only their second win in 14 matches against the Merseysiders.
Prior to kick-off Liverpool confirmed they would not be appealing Luis Suarez's eight-match suspension for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
If this is what life is like without the Uruguay international then the Reds could be in for a difficult six weeks, although the quality of opposition will rarely be matched.
In a battle between the league's top scorers and the meanest defence, something had to give but few would have predicted it would be the usually reliable Jose Reina.
Having already denied Edin Dzeko at the foot of his right-hand post, the Spain international made a complete hash of judging Aguero's 25-yard dipping shot and the ball flew underneath his body.
That was in sharp contrast to counterpart Joe Hart's reactions in denying Stewart Downing moments earlier when his England team-mate threatened to score having been played in by Jordan Henderson.
The goal had a more positive effect on Liverpool, who enjoyed their best spell of possession, than it did City but Reina was almost exposed again when Dzeko's shot deflected off Glen Johnson but crept just wide of the post with the goalkeeper completely wrong-footed.
While Liverpool were creating half-chances, with Hart pushing away Charlie Adam's low free-kick, City were more threatening thanks to the prompting of David Silva and Martin Skrtel was lucky to escape conceding a penalty when the ball bounced up on to his raised arm as Aguero tried to go past him.
Reina went some way to redeeming himself with a sharp save from Vincent Kompany's glancing header but was left helpless by Toure's powerful header off the underside of the crossbar from Silva's corner in the 34th minute.
Kompany showed his value at the other end of the pitch just before the interval by blocking Dirk Kuyt's close-range shot from Andy Carroll's knockdown.
In the technical area Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, hood up on his coat, gave the impression of a man trying to remain anonymous. Unfortunately for him most of his team had been equally nondescript in the first half.
Ten minutes into the second half Adam was replaced by Gerrard, who had been the catalyst for victory over Newcastle on Friday, and former City striker Craig Bellamy came on for Kuyt.
The substitutions produced the required lift but with City content to hold their lead and hit them on the break it remained a long way back for the Reds.
Liverpool appeared to have gained the momentum when Barry, having been booked late in the first half, was sent off for a second caution after blocking Daniel Agger.
But seconds later the result was wrapped up when they conceded possession inside City's half and Skrtel fouled Toure on the breakaway to allow Milner to make it 3-0 from the spot.
The hosts made their numerical disadvantage imperceptible and almost added a fourth when substitute Adam Johnson's shot beat Reina but rebounded off the post.
Gerrard responded with a long-range drive and substitute Maxi Rodriguez from much closer in but, like Liverpool's performance, they failed to hit the mark.
Even with the match won, City's concentration did not waver and Hart produced a point-blank block to deny Rodriguez.
The result highlighted the difference between title contenders and top-four hopefuls but worryingly for Liverpool they still have to face City twice more this month in the Carling Cup semi-final.
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