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December 26, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 47351‎
 
Coutinho 24′
45+1′ Negredo
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

Alvaro Negredo proved the match-winner as he took advantage of an error by Simon Mignolet to preserve Manuel Pellegrini's side's 100 percent home record in the Premier League

By Tom Maston at the Etihad Stadium

  • Joe Hart
    0
    0
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    A superb stop from Coutinho in the first half kept the scores level and his confidence grew from there. Was able to make a couple of other decent stops as Liverpool chased the game.

  • Vincent Kompany
    2
    1
    4.00

    Vincent Kompany Top of the Match

    A colossus at the back for the home side as he won umpteen headers and made sure Suarez couldn't add to his goal tally. A constant threat from set-pieces, scoring another crucial header.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    1
    1
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Looked the most flustered he has for a while as he struggled at times with Coutinho's trickery. Still able to cause problems going forward.

  • Joleon Lescott
    1
    2
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Caught out by the pace of Liverpool's attacks at times though he did aid Kompany in limiting Suarez's influence.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    1
    2
    2.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Used physical stature to deal with Sterling on occasion but was sometimes undone by the pace of the winger. Contributed in attack on occasion.

  • Samir Nasri
    1
    0
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    One of his quieter matches on the left, though a superb pass set Navas free for City's second goal. Was substituted in the second half.

  • Jesús Navas González
    3
    1
    3.50

    Jesús Navas González

    His pace on the right was a constant thorn in Liverpool's side, with his assist for Negredo goal the perfect illustration of that. Got back well to help Zabaleta in defence.

  • David Silva
    0
    2
    3.00

    David Silva

    Another who wasn't quite able to stamp his mark on the game, but the odd touch and mazy dribble reminded fans of what he can do.

  • Fernandinho
    1
    2
    2.50

    Fernandinho

    Looked less assured than normal in his sitting role, though he did carry the ball well in an attacking sense. Not a horrendous display by any means.

  • Yaya Touré
    2
    2
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Gave the ball away more often than many are used to and couldn't quite make the bustling runs that are associated with him. Showed some nice touches.

  • Negredo
    1
    1
    4.00

    Negredo

    Caused no end of problems for Liverpool defence despite playing up front on his own. His pace and power were consistently evident while his clever finish may have fooled Mignolet.

Substitutions

  • James Milner
    1
    1
    3.00

    James Milner

    Replaced Nasri and helped the hosts control the final stages of the game. Also got forward well when in space.

  • Javi García
    0
    1

    Javi García

    Brought on late on to help shore up City's midfield.

  • Edin Dzeko
    2
    2
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    Made a brief substitute's appearance though he never really got a sight of goal.

  • Simon Mignolet
    0
    2
    1.50

    Simon Mignolet Flop of the Match

    Could have done better with Kompany header but most certainly should have kept out Negredo's effort on the cusp of half-time. His most disappointing showing since his summer move from Sunderland.

  • Glen Johnson
    1
    3
    2.50

    Glen Johnson

    Struggled to get into the game as an attacking force though performed his defensive duties well enough. Still not on top form.

  • Mamadou Sakho
    1
    1
    2.50

    Mamadou Sakho

    The best of Liverpool's backline in terms of positional sense, though he struggled with the physicality of Negredo at times. Lost composure in the second half and gave the ball away.

  • Aly Cissokho
    2
    1
    3.00

    Aly Cissokho

    Grew into the match after a shaky start up against the pace of Navas. Put in a couple of decent crosses but will remain behind Flanagan in pecking order.

  • Martin Skrtel
    2
    1
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Caught out of position a couple of times though made up for it with some last-ditch blocks. Allowed Kompany to get in front of him for City's first-half equaliser.

  • Coutinho
    1
    5
    3.50

    Coutinho

    Liverpool's most potent attacking threat as he caused Zabaleta more problems than most on the left. Took his goal well as it looked like Sterling was running out of room.

  • Jordan Henderson
    2
    2
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Given the responsibility of controlling the midfield by Rodgers and he certainly did that. Kept the ball well without really playing any killer passes. Unfortunate to find himself in the way of Suarez's goalbound effort in second half.

  • Lucas Leiva
    1
    3
    2.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Had difficulty trying to halt the incisive City counterattacks though he did prove a decent outlet as the visitors looked to keep possession.

  • Joe Allen
    2
    2
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    His late runs caused problems early on and only a poor first touch denied him a chance in first half. Faded as the game went on and possibly should have done better on the line for Kompany's goal.

  • Raheem Sterling
    0
    1
    3.50

    Raheem Sterling

    His pace caused all sorts of problems and he was unlucky to see the flag go up when clean through in the first half. Good trickery set up Coutinho's goal, though his miss late on will haunt him.

  • Luis Suárez
    1
    0
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Unable to get a real sight of goal as he was marshalled well by Kompany. Did most of his good work from deep as he created plenty for others to feed on.

Substitutions

  • Victor Moses
    1
    0
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    Showed the odd nice touch after surprisingly replacing Coutinho on the left.

  • Iago Aspas
    0
    1
    2.50

    Iago Aspas

    Unable to have much say on the game in the closing stages.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0