Manchester City 3 - 1 Liverpool

Match info: Premier League at Etihad Stadium

Date: 25/08/2014 KO: 20:00 Ref: Att: 45,471

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Man City

Stevan Jovetic 41,55
Sergio Aguero 69

3
vs
1

Liverpool

Pablo Zabaleta 83 (og)

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: August 25 2014, 23:32 BST

Post-match reaction to Manchester City's 3-1 victory over Liverpool.

Reaction from Manchester City
Reaction from Manchester City

Man of the match Stevan Jovetic was delighted to score a brace as Manchester City claimed a 3-1 victory over Liverpool.

The 24-year-old striker netted in each half as City moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League table with maximum points from their opening two matches.

Jovetic handed the home side the lead five minutes before the break when he collected the ball from an under-pressure David Silva in the goalmouth and made no mistake as he fired the ball into the back of the net from close range.

The Montenegro striker struck his and City's second 10 minutes after the break as he powered home from just outside the six-yard box after collecting Samir Nasri's cross to make it 2-0.

Martin Skrtel collided with Edin Dzeko with just over 20 minutes left which saw the Bosnia international replaced by Sergio Aguero, who made it three after just 23 seconds on the pitch.

Liverpool pulled one back in the final 10 minutes as Pablo Zabaleta got the last touch on the ball following a Rickie Lambert header, denying the former Southampton striker his first goal for last season's runners-up.

After the Reds pushed champions City to the end in last season's title race, the win was especially sweet for Jovetic.

He told told Sky Sports 1: "Liverpool is one of the teams (aiming to) win the Premier League and we knew that and I think today we played very well and at the end we won and it was an important victory for us."

Team-mate Nasri reiterated the importance of the three points against one of the Premier League big guns.

He said: "I think every game that we play at home against a team from the big four is (worth) six points and you have to make a statement of in those kind of games and this is only going to have three other big games like that at home and away at Arsenal."

Jovetic admitted he was pleased to put last season's troubles behind him and is only looking forward at the Etihad Stadium.

He added: "There are so many beautiful moments now - after so many problems last year - but I don't want to think about that as it's the past, but I just want to enjoy with this team with these players and to win as many titles as we can.

"It's difficult (to remain in the starting XI) I know that, but my job is just to go out onto the pitch and do my best. And then he (manager Manuel Pellegrini) decides."

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  • Jovetic was on target just before half-time to put City ahead
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  • Raheem Sterling took a tumble
  • Jovetic netted his second goal of the night in the 55th minute
  • Sergio Aguero was introduced as a substitute and didn't take long to make it 3-0
  • Steven Gerrard showed his frustration
  • Rickie Lambert came off the bench late on and his effort was deflected in by Pablo Zabaleta to give Liverpool a late consolation
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was obviously disappointed with his side's defeat, but remained optimistic following the loss.

He said: "I think up until 40 minutes we were the best team and we just switched off in that final period of the half and didn't defend well enough and all over a sudden we're 1-0 down.

"The message at half-time was we were playing well and we looked the most threatening team and some of our work was very good, but the second goal goes in and it killed us a bit.

"Credit to the players, they kept going. We're disappointed with the third one, we need to get tight - the winger can't get turned and slide the ball in and it was too easy.

"But we had a good reaction, Daniel Sturridge has a goal that's just marginally offside but we were still creating the chances.

"We look at two games we've had to start the season against Southampton (Liverpool won 2-1) and Manchester City and we're the same place we were last season with the corresponding fixtures - and of course this is a difficult place to come, and they won the game - but there's no psychological blow."

Glen Johnson sustained a thigh problem in the second half but Rodgers had already used his three substitutions, that was before - to make matters worse for the Reds - Alberto Moreno sustained an ankle injury.

Rodgers added: "Glen looks like he's pulled his thigh. We were gathering a bit of momentum there when he had to come off, so obviously in the last 10 minutes when we were down to 10 men it was difficult for us.

"But he's done his thigh and we'll assess that later on tomorrow.

"Moreno - his foot came off the grass onto the astro turf so he twisted his ankle. There's a bit of swelling now but we'll see how it is in the morning."

Meanwhile, City boss Pellegrini praised goalscorers Jovetic and Aguero, who also came off the bench to score in their opening 2-0 win over Newcastle.

He said: "He (Jovetic) was very unlucky last year as he had so many injuries, it was difficult to place three games in a row, but he was patient and worked a lot to come back and I'm very happy for him - he deserves it.

"I told Sergio before the game that he wasn't playing from the beginning, but every time he come on he makes a difference and in the last game against Newcastle also."