The Spaniard's shot stopping was comfortable enough but he looked shaky under crosses throughout the match, not least as he wafted at thin air in the build-up to Yaya Toure's strike.
The Uruguayan started in rather nervous fashion but grew in confidence as the game went on, showing good awareness and forming an understanding with Skrtel.
A generally strong performance from the right-back until his poor miscontrol in the 63rd minute allowed Yaya Toure to score for the visitors. Almost immediately replaced by Jose Enrique after that costly error.
A strong display, first at left-back before moving to the right. Generally comfortable in defence and offered a dangerous attacking outlet. Could have won a penalty in the second half when brought down by Kolarov in the area.
The Slovakian celebrated his new contract with a wonderful thumping header from Gerrard's corner to open the scoring in the 34th minute. Then undid his good work with a woeful backpass for Tevez's late equaliser.
A very tactically disciplined display from the Reds captain. Took up good positions and was happy to sit deep and help the hosts dictate the game. Magnificent first-half cross almost forced an own goal from Kompany.
The summer signing produced a performance to suggest he could be a huge success at Anfield. Always happy to take the ball under pressure, kept possession well and picked out some very classy forward passes as he controlled the midfield battle.
The 17-year-old made his first Premier League start and delivered on the hype with an almost arrogant performance of pace, trickery and skill. Caused Kolo Toure all sorts of problems and showed he can pick a final pass with dangerous crosses, including one for Borini in the first half.
The Italian did not always look comfortable on the right side of the Liverpool attack but his movement was impressive and use of the ball intelligent. Should have scored in the first half but volleyed wide from close range.
Capped a bright, lively display with a wonderful free kick curled around the wall and into the bottom corner in the 66th minute. His finishing until that point was profligate but his movement and link-up play was a nightmare for the City defence.
The City goalkeeper could do nothing about Skrtel's opener but will accept some responsibility for the Reds' second - either for a poorly organised wall or slow reactions to Suarez's free kick.
Another performance in which the negatives far out-weighed the positives. Left foot was an attacking threat but he fell asleep defensively, failing to heed the warning of losing Borini for an earlier chance as Skrtel escaped and headed home. May well have conceded a penalty in the second half, too, for a clumsy challenge on Johnson.
The Argentine worked hard but looked uncomfortable in a central role in City's three-man defence. Seemed to struggle to read Suarez's movement and was beaten in the air for Skrtel's goal.
A torrid afternoon for the Ivorian centre-back as he never looked comfortable and was exposed by the hosts. Lack of mobility exposed, especially by Sterling's direct dribbling.
The City captain did not appear particularly comfortable with the formation used by Mancini but defended well in the penalty area with important blocks and clearing headers.
Looked bright early on as he combined neatly with Tevez but disappeared from the game once Liverpool got on top. Replaced by Rodwell in the 59th minute.
N. de Jong
A feisty display from the Dutchman in defensive midfield as he looked to deny Liverpool space between the lines. Use of the ball could have been better
A rare quiet performance as he appeared to drift through much of the game before being given more attacking freedom following Rodwell's introduction. On the spot to tap the bal; in from close range in the 63rd minute to make the score 1-1.
An honest, hard-working display at right wing-back but could have done more defensive work against Sterling and offered very little going forward.
For the second week in a row he was City's brightest spark in attack and a constant menace for the Liverpool defence. Got his goal 10 minutes from time after latching on to a loose ball and rounding Reina. Also played a key role in Yaya Toure's equaliser with a run and cross from the right and hit the post from a tight angle in the first half.
A frustrating afternoon for the striker as he never really got away from the Liverpool defence. Blasted over in the first half but Roberto Mancini had seen enough by the 62nd minute and replaced him with Dzeko.
Replaced Nasri in the 59th minute and sat in midfield. Conceded the free kick for Suarez's goal as he handled Gerrard's long-range shot.
The Bosnian replaced Balotelli in the 62nd minute and got in dangerous positions around the Liverpool box, although his finishing was off target.