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Man City signal their Premier League intent by thrashing Liverpool

Manchester City's second goal against Liverpool finds its way over the line.
Manchester City's second goal against Liverpool finds its way over the line.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-0 in their English Premier League encounter
  • Carlos Tevez scores two and Gareth Barry grabs the other
  • City move into fourth in the Premier League table
  • Liverpool leave Javier Mascherano out as he edges towards a move away

(CNN) -- Manchester City gave notice of their designs on the English Premier League title by thrashing Liverpool 3-0 at Eastlands.

Roberto Mancini's side were far superior than their opponents in all areas of the field as they cruised to a comfortable win in front of their billionaire owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was watching them in person for the first time.

Two goals from Carlos Tevez and one from Gareth Barry consigned Liverpool, and their new manager Roy Hodgson, to a heavy defeat on a rain soaked night in Manchester.

Hodgson handed Spain striker Fernando Torres his first start of the season but there was no place in the squad for Argentina international Javier Mascherano, who Hodgson said wasn't in the "right frame of mind" to play.

Mascherano wants to leave Anfield and Hodgson said one club, believed to be Spanish champions Barcelona, were in negotiations to buy him. But Hodgson added the player wouldn't leave unless the bidding club met Liverpool's valuation.

On the field it didn't take long for City to assert their authority as winger Adam Johnson fired a powerful shot narrowly wide of the post.

To score three goals and keep a clean sheet is a great start to the home season for us.
--James Milner, Man City
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City opened the scoring on 13 minutes as new signing James Milner found space inside the penalty area and squared for Barry, who stroked the ball past Pepe Reina.

Johnson again went close as halftime approached before Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard fired wide with two shots from outside the penalty area.

Things got worse for the visitors six minutes after the break as Micah Richards rose to nod Johnson's corner towards the net. Tevez swung a leg and claimed the goal, but looked to have made little contact.

The second goal galvanized Liverpool who enjoyed their best spell of the game immediately after. Gerrard's long shot cannoned back off the post before City keeper Joe Hart made a superb double save from David Ngog and Torres.

There was no doubt that City's third goal was Tevez's though, as he slotted home from the penalty spot after Martin Skrtel brought down the influential Johnson.

Torres made space for himself and fired just wide before he was taken off with ten minutes to go but City successfully closed out the game.

Afterwards Milner told Sky Sports: "It's always going to be tough playing Liverpool but to score three goals and keep a clean sheet is a great start to the home season for us.

"I think I can be part of something special here. This is a club that is moving forward, its great to be able to go out and play in front of these fans and hopefully we can build on this result and kick on."