Man City beats Liverpool 3-0 in Premier League

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

every team.”

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

left-handed save.

”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

strongly throughout.

”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.