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January 3, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 47131‎
 
 
 
75′ (PG) James Milner
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 3-0 Liverpool

Aguero, Yaya Toure & Milner seal the points as City go three points clear at top of the league despite Barry red card

By Greg Stobart at Etihad Stadium

  • Joe Hart
    155
    25
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    A confident performance from the England No.1 as he responded when called upon with some solid saves, not least to deny Downing when one-on-one.

  • Micah Richards
    62
    79
    2.50

    Micah Richards

    Did his England credentials few favours as he struggled against Downing, especially in the first-half as he was caught out positionally and outpaced.

  • Vincent Kompany
    292
    41
    4.00

    Vincent Kompany Top of the Match

    Superb block in the first-half to stop Kuyt's half-volley from close range and battled well with Carroll throughout the game, dominating almost every challenge he committed to

  • Gael Clichy
    66
    55
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Dealt comfortably in defence against Kuyt and used the ball well when in possession.

  • Kolo Toure
    78
    52
    3.00

    Kolo Toure

    Strong display from the Ivorian alongside Kompany as City kept a clean sheet. Good organisation and seemed to improve communication with Richards in the second-half.

  • James Milner
    95
    38
    3.00

    James Milner

    Industrious display from the England international, who looks best suited to a role in a three-man midfield. Perhaps lacked quality with his final ball but made no mistake by converting from the spot in the 75th minute.

  • Gareth Barry
    84
    58
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Tidy on the ball before being sent-off in the second-half for a rather innocuous foul on Agger. Unfortunate decision.

  • David Silva
    118
    213
    2.50

    David Silva

    The Spaniard was as classy as ever as he drifted around the pitch, but did not influence the game to his usual standard. Delivered an excellent corner for Yaya Toure's goal.

  • Yaya Touré
    225
    28
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    The Ivorian has a knack of scoring important goals and he doubled City's advantage with a powerful header from a 33rd minute corner. Sat deeper than usual but used the ball well and controlled the midfield at times with his power, winning the penalty with a surging forward run.

  • Edin Dzeko
    171
    79
    3.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Led the line well and tested Reina with a an early turn and shot that nearly sneaked through the Liverpool keeper's legs. Lacked a yard of pace to get away from the visiting defenders.

  • Sergio Agüero
    222
    50
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    The Argentine is City's biggest goal threat and it took only 10 minutes for him to make his mark on the game as his fierce shot from 25 yards dipped under Reina and into the net. Always on the move and looking to fire shots at goal.

Substitutions

  • Joleon Lescott
    67
    31
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Replaced Silva 14 minutes from time and slotted in ably as City went to five at the back.

  • Adam Johnson
    111
    28
    3.00

    Adam Johnson

    Replaced Aguero in the 71st minute and hit the post with a curling effort from the edge of the box.

  • Pepe Reina
    79
    162
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    Awful mistake to let Aguero's 10th minute strike dip under his body as City took the lead. Made some sharp including one to deny Dzeko from close range, but will have to take the blame for City's opener.

  • Glen Johnson
    74
    71
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Caught out by Yaya Toure's movement at a corner as the Ivorian headed the hosts into a two-goal lead. Generally strong at the back at got forward well, although he wasn't able to produce any telling crossed.

  • José Enrique
    157
    41
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Another excellent display from the Spaniard as he kept compatriot Silva quiet for most of the game. Read the play well and always positive in possession, even when under pressure.

  • Daniel Agger
    129
    38
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    A comfortable evening for the Liverpool centre-back, despite the scoreline. Mainly played a sweeping role and showed good anticipation while being positive on the ball.

  • Martin Skrtel
    87
    99
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Early block set the tone for a committed display from the Slovakian as he got the better of his duel with Dzeko, showing strength in the tackle and ability in the air. Sloppy challenge on Yaya Toure to concede the penalty.

  • Jordan Henderson
    137
    80
    3.50

    Jordan Henderson

    One of the youngsters best performances since his move to Liverpool last summer. Showed pace, strength and produced some excellent, precise passes.

  • Stewart Downing
    51
    114
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    A constant outlet in the first-half as he caused City problems with his pace and direct running. Shot straight at Hart after being put through on goal by Henderson and drifted out of the game after the break to the extent that he was almost anonymous.

  • Jay Spearing
    71
    64
    3.00

    Jay Spearing

    A good defensive display and accurate passing before substituted for Maxi in the 76th minute as Liverpool tried to find a way back into the game.

  • Charlie Adam
    60
    115
    2.50

    Charlie Adam

    Tested Hart with one first-half free-kick from 25 yards but produced very little else of note. Looked off the pace and failed to find his target with long passes before being replaced by Gerrard in the 57th minute.

  • Andy Carroll
    81
    134
    2.50

    Andy Carroll

    Worked hard but got little change out of the City central defenders and lacked support, particularly in the second-half. Will need to improve if Liverpool are to stay in the hunt for a top four finish with Luis Suarez serving an eight-match ban.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    101
    153
    2.00

    Dirk Kuyt Flop of the Match

    A poor performance from the Dutchman, who offered almost no attacking threat. Gave the ball away sloppily in the build-up to City's opener. Missed the chance to make amends as Kompany blocked his half-volley from 10 yards.

Substitutions

  • Steven Gerrard
    168
    42
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Replaced Adam in the 57th minute but didn't have the same impact as against Newcastle. Fizzed one shot narrowly off target from 25 yards.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    105
    42
    3.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    The Argentine came on for Spearing in the 76th minute and was denied from close range after following up a spilled save.

  • Craig Bellamy
    140
    32
    3.00

    Craig Bellamy

    Replaced Kuyt in the 57th minute and his pace down the left did seem to worry City. Snapshot from the edge of the box forced Hart into action.

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