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Goals from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and James Milner sealed the win for City although the win was slightly marred by Gareth Barry's dismissal in the second half

Vincent Kompany has hailed Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool as a “massive win” as Roberto Mancini's side opened up a three-point advantage over title rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for City after Pepe Reina let the Argentine's weak effort slip under his body. Yaya Toure doubled the hosts' lead before half-time, while James Milner was able to finish the game off from the spot after Martin Skrtel was adjudged to bring down the Ivorian. Gareth Barry was also dismissed after 73 minutes after picking up a second yellow.

“It was massive for us. Against I didn’t think we deserved to lose, but then again maybe today was our best game, we were incredibly efficient and it’s a great win for us and it’s another one of the top-six teams out of the way, this is a great three points for us," Kompany told Sky Sports.

“I think the resilience [we have shown], you’ve got to think we played 48 hours ago and they had two more days to recover and you could feel it in the legs today and it’s the character we showed today, that was great.”

Yaya Toure believes Aguero's early opener was significant in obtaining the victory but insists City were good value for the three points.

“Yes I think so [the goal made the difference], because in the first half it was quite difficult for us and Liverpool are such a strong team in the Premier League. I think we deserved to win.

Asked if City had won the game with the second goal, he said: “No, because Liverpool is a top team; they play well and are very strong and I think we have to keep going like that and keep improving every game and I think that’ll be fine for us.”

The midfielder also believes the victory puts the pressure back on title rivals Manchester United, who play Newcastle United on Wednesday evening.

He added: “Yes of course [it puts the pressure back on United], it was a very important win today because with the loss against Sunderland I think it was very important to win today and I think we are very happy for that.

“It’s quite difficult leaving a team like that and go to the African Cup of Nations, but I think I will continue to keep my eye on the club.”

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