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Match Report: City 3 - 1 Liverpool

Clive Brunskill

It was a good game even though it may not have been that pretty all around; but when it was, boy was it beautiful. There were times in the match, before City scored, where I thought that Liverpool were going to go on and grab the first goal, but that would not be the case. When a looping pass targeted for Silva took a few deflections and ended up right in Jovetic’s path, the Montenegrin blasted the ball through Mignolet and almost through the net.

In the second half Liverpool again looked the most likely to score and bring the two sides level, but it was that beautiful Montenegrin, again, with his second of the day. Jovetic’s back flick to Nasri was what started the play, and Nasri rewarded the striker by finding him in the box where Jo-Jo’s left footed shot found the upper corner of the net. Liverpool stepped up the pressure after that but it just wasn't going to be their night. Aguero, who came on in the 68th minute for Dzeko, tucked away City’s final goal. Also in the 68th minute. Remarkably, he needed just 23 seconds to get his second goal of the season. His goal per minute ratio this season is quite impressive. The end of the game was a bit sloppy on our part as once Liverpool scored we lost our heads. Thankfully we didn't have to pay for our lapses in concentration (shades of early last season) and were able to see out the game. It's early, but let's hope we get the concentration lapses fixed sooner rather than later.

The defense deserves high marks for their performance in tonight’s game. When Liverpool had their best chances, the back four held firm and didn’t give them a good look at goal. Kompany was superb, and Demichelis read the game expertly as well. He may not be the fleetest of foot, but he makes up for that by reading the situation with a keen eye. Over the course of 90 minutes, City looked to get more and more comfortable with one another and the game looked that much more fluid and free flowing. Jovetic continues to impress me not just with his venomous attacking but a work ethic that rivals James Milner's. Can't wait to see more of him this season.

Again it is VERY early in the season to get overly excited about this victory, but given our tough early schedule, a win against a squad of Liverpool’s quality and stature is great. How are you guys feeling about today, Blues?