Manchester City recorded its biggest victory over Liverpool in
73 years on Monday, winning 3-0 in the Premier League as the owner
who funded the team’s massive spending spree watched his investment
live for the first time.
Gareth Barry put Man City ahead in the 13th minute at Eastlands
after being set up by fellow England midfielder James Milner, whose
arrival last week took the team’s spending to about $180 million
since it finished fifth last season.
City led 2-0 when Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina failed to stop
Micah Richards’ header from a corner in the 52nd that Carlos Tevez
tried to divert in.
Tevez converted a penalty in the 68th after Martin Skrtel had
fouled Adam Johnson.
Roberto Mancini’s side now has four points from two matches and
the win came at a good time, with Abu Dhabi owner Sheikh Mansour
attending his first match since buying the club in September 2008
and subsequently spending huge sums on players.
”It’s the first time the Sheikh has been here and he witnessed
a fantastic night,” Mancini said. ”I was pleased to show him a
good game, that was important. The mentality was the most important
thing for us, not the formation or anything else, the mentality can
win us games.
”We need time to gel and improve because we were missing four
or five important players. But the team played with a good
mentality. If they play with a good mentality I think we can beat
In stark contrast, Liverpool is searching for new owners to
clear its debts and strengthen the squad. Liverpool was without
Javier Mascherano, whom coach Roy Hodgson said was not in the right
frame of mind to play because he wants to join Barcelona.
Liverpool, which last won the title in 1990, appears no closer
to winning championship No. 19.
The visitors created one first-half chance but Steven Gerrard
fired wide after being set up by Fernando Torres. City goalkeeper
Joe Hart thwarted Torres in the second half with a superb
”I didn’t think we were under the cosh to the extent 3-0 might
suggest,” Hodgson said. ”But we defended poorly for the goals and
they took their chances well, and I thought they played solidly and
”They took charge of the game and we were always fighting to
get back into it. You just have to accept on a night like tonight
that we were unable to produce the level of performance necessary
to get a good result.”
Liverpool has one point after drawining with Arsenal last week.
Liverpool is targeting a return to the four Champions League places
after last year’s seventh-place finish.