It may not get any tougher than this at Fortress Etihad in what remains of the Premier League season.
Liverpool came to town flying high as the table-toppers at Christmas and gave City their toughest Premier League battle this season at the Etihad in a fantastic game.
Both teams were hit by injuries, but City really seemed to miss the presence of Aguero alongside Negredo at times.
The quick return of Zabaleta helped massively, and with someone out-of-position instead of him at right-back the result may have been different. Zaba made some big tackles and his new song was belted out repeatedly by a noisy City crowd.
Liverpool played some quality football and took the lead through Coutinho, but that didn’t last long before Captain Kompany took matters into his own hands, leaping high with a header to level it.
Negredo scored a crucial goal for the Blues shortly before half-time, the ninth game in a row he has scored at the Etihad. His shot with the outside of his boot was perhaps overly elaborate, but clumsy handling by Mignolet helped it cross the line.
The second half was another nerve-shredding occasion, much like the Fulham game. Liverpool wanted the equaliser and pushed hard for it, while City could have killed the game with chances at the other end.
Joe Hart, in his first marquee game since returning as City’s Premier League keeper, made some crucial saves and had a fantastic game. This was reminiscent of the Joe Hart from the title-winning season who helped us win many points.
City’s defence did a good job against Suarez, who was a menace again, but there were still issues and Liverpool cut the defence open a little too easily at times.
Suarez troubled City, but the defence managed to limit his chances and kept him off the score-sheet. His theatrics, though, were poor again as he tried to con the referee into several decisions.
City held on for a huge 2-1 win against one of the league’s form teams. Liverpool fans are not happy about an offside decision against Sterling when it was 0-0, and they are right, but they took the lead anyway.
Once again, City showed character to come back from 0-1 behind with the likes of Kompany, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Nasri and Negredo all showing great attitudes and working tirelessly for the entire match.
City remain flawless at home and on paper only Chelsea look a major threat to the unbeaten record, but as we know football is a funny old game and someone like Southampton could spring a surprise like Norwich did last season.
Pellegrini continues to do a fantastic job in his first season in English football and has City challenging on four fronts, despite constant injuries to key players.
City sit nicely in 2nd place, just a point behind Arsenal, are in the last 16 of the Champions League, semi finals of the Capital One Cup, and are soon to enter the FA Cup.
There is still half a season to go, but the signs are good.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva (Garcia 86), Nasri (Milner 71), Negredo (Dzeko 76)
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Clichy, Boyata, Nastasic
Goals: Kompany 30, Negredo 45
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Sakho, Skrtel, Cissokho, Lucas (Aspas 81), Sterling, Henderson, Allen, Coutinho (Moses 67), Suarez
Subs not used: Jones, Toure, Agger, Alberto, Smith
Goal: Coutinho 23
Attendance: 47,351 (sold out)
TKA Man of the Match: Vincent Kompany
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