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Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool

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Report cards for City's players after a bumpy return to Premier League action.

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Joe Hart (6.5): Hart made some excellent saves in the second half to keep City's hopes at least somewhat intact as they trailed 3-1. He was left out to dry on Liverpool's goals and cannot be faulted for conceding four.

Bacary Sagna (6.5): Sagna was uncharacteristically average in this game. City's back line struggled with the up-tempo brilliance Liverpool's attacking players brought to the table, especially in the first half.

Martin Demichelis (6.0): The Argentine has not seen much action this season but got the start on Saturday with Vincent Kompany sidelined. It was a rough day at the office for the veteran, as he failed to stymie Liverpool's pacey attackers.

Eliaquim Mangala (6.0): Mangala and Demichelis were a mess at the back for much of the game. His own goal was obviously quite unfortunate, but also his chemistry with Demichelis was lacking. The pair were all over the place on Liverpool's second goal scored by Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool's speed and crisp passing were a handful for Mangala and company.

Aleksandar Kolarov (6.5): Liverpool were flying from this game's outset. The visitors' passing was just so clean. Their confidence was evident. Like the rest of the back line, Kolarov struggled with the craftiness and efficiency of the front three in red.

Yaya Toure (6.0): The beast only played a half, never able to get into a groove. Liverpool were able to run City ragged in central areas in the first half, which muted Toure's impact on the game.

Fernando (6.5): He and Fernandinho are solid together. Fernando played alongside his compatriot in the second frame and looked pretty decent. With that said, he and Toure were chasing shadows for the first 45 minutes of the game.

Jesus Navas (6.0): Typically, Navas quietly goes about his business, working tirelessly on the right flank. However, he was quiet to the point of ineffective against a locked-in Liverpool side. He was unable to put the visitors on their heels with his pace and did not see the field in the second half.

Kevin De Bruyne (8.0): The best player in a City shirt on the night, KDB served up some excellent crosses. From free kicks to corners and to the run of play, he provides beautiful services time and time again. Making something of those deliveries, though, was a different story.

Raheem Sterling (6.5): He had his opportunities. Even though Sterling did not score against his former club, it was still encouraging to see him causing problems from time to time. He seemed just a touch away from scoring on a handful of occasions in the first half.

Sergio Aguero (7.5): The sniper scored a terrific curler on the stroke of halftime, but this was City's only goal of the night. He did not have infinitely many scoring chances like he sometimes does.

Substitutes:

Fabian Delph (6.5): Delph saw an uptick in minutes but was not going to be able to turn this game around singlehandedly.

Fernandinho (6.5): The away side were deadly on the counter, but Fernandinho's calming influence on the game ensured that City's back line would have a sturdy midfield shield in front of it in the second half. He has been a paragon of consistency for this team and clearly helped City once he entered the fold.

Kelechi Iheanacho (6.0): The youngster was not able to really make a mark on this game. The circumstances were obviously not ideal, as City were down a couple goals when he came on for Aguero with 24 minutes left in regulation.