London, Aug 26 ANI | 2 months ago

Manchester City easily beat last season's runners-up Liverpool 3-1 to deliver an early statement of intent as the Premier League champions.

City's winger Stevan Jovetic scored either side of halftime to punish Liverpool, who dominated much of the first half of the match without creating the opportunities to go with their excellent work-rate and approach work.

And as Liverpool's new 16 million pounds signing Mario Balotelli watched from the directors' box against his former club, any hopes of a comeback were snuffed out when Sergio Aguero slid home the third 23 seconds after coming on as substitute for the injured Edin Dzeko, The BBC reported.

Pablo Zabaleta's own goal at least got Liverpool on the score sheet but the last 20 minutes City dominated the game to crush Brendan Rodgers side.

Jovetic's first season at City was hampered by injuries but he has form for tormenting Liverpool after scoring twice against them in Fiorentina's Champions League win in 2009 and he showed his quality again in the Premier League clash.

Liverpool is in a period of transition with nine new signings this summer following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. And, while they were the better side for the first 40 minutes, they never recovered from an error by debutant Alberto Moreno that allowed City to take the lead just before half-time.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini said that they worked the whole game and played a very good team. He added that his squad worked without the ball for 95 minutes and with the ball they made enough danger to score three goals.

Pellegrini said that when one plays against a strong team he has to concentrate and City's concentration and intensity was good. He added that Liverpool is an important team and one that would be fighting for the title.

(Posted on 26-08-2014)

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