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Visualized: Liverpool 1-3 Manchester City

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Previous Match Infographics: Southampton (h)

As always, match data from Stats Zone, except shot location from Squawka and average player position from ESPN FC.


As usual when there's no match review, here's my formation diagram from last night.

The short version: City's fullbacks were more involved than Liverpool's, both in defense and attack, and simply played better, stretching Liverpool's defense on both flanks.

Costly Mistakes In 3-1 City Loss

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Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers' side suffered from defensive mistakes in a game that became extremely frustrating. The Reds started brightly and retained the majority of possession, creating problems for City but perhaps not finding that clinical final ball.

Jamie Carragher critical of Liverpool defensive signings Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was scathing in his assessment of the club's new defensive signings Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno following...

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Top five conclusions: Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool

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1. It is all about composure and control for City After Pablo Zabaleta scored an own goal, Manchester City briefly panicked but for most parts of...

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Tactical Review: Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool

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Manchester City tactics Pablo Zabaleta was fit to start this game so Manuel Pellegrini had the privilege of slotting the Argentinian full-back in on...

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SBI Monday Rewind: Balotelli heads to Liverpool; Plata called up; and more

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Mario Balotelli is back in Premier League. Liverpool announced Monday the Italian would join the Reds as soon as his registration is processed. He had to watch Liverpool's season-opener from the stands Monday night, a thrashing at the hands of rival Manchester City.

Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata is reaping the benefits of his impression season with in Major League Soccer.

Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool: Back to the Drawing Board for the Reds

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Manchester City 3
(Jovetic x2, Aguero)

Liverpool 1
(Zabaleta O.G.)

Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Michael Oliver

Recent history has seen some truly entertaining clashes between these two attacking-minded sides with this clash in Manchester proving to be no different.

Monday Evening Ticker: Manchester City thrashes Liverpool; Simeone handed new ban; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

A Stevan Jovetic brace lifted reigning Premier League champs Manchester City over Liverpool on Monday and put the league on notice as they coasted past last year's title runners-up, 3-1.

Liverpool looked to be the better side until Jovetic broke through in the 41st minute by capitalizing on a defensive error and burying a goal.

BALOTELLI JOINS AS LIVERPOOL ARE DEFEATED

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Mairo Balotelli, Liverpool's new signing was in the stands as he
watched his new team lose to last year's Champion's Manchester City, his former club.

The colourful character had earlier completed his move to Liverpool in a £16 million deal and he then boarded the team bus up the road to the Eitihad Stadium for the Monday Night Football match against last year's Champions City.

Photo: Mario Balotelli travels to Man City game with new Liverpool team-mates

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Liverpool's new signing Mario Balotelli's first official duties as a Reds player were to return to former club Manchester City as a...

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Manchester City vs Liverpool: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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After just over one week of the 2014/15 Premier League season, today marks the first biggest match of the season with the Premier League champions against last season's runner-up.

With the excitement of the Mario Balotelli signing sure to be one of the main talking points of the game, even though he's not available to play and will be sitting in the stands,

Forviewersin theUnited States, the game will be shown on:

Manchester City vs Liverpool, 3pm ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting lineups:

Manchester City:Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Fernando, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko

Subs: TBA

Liverpool:Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Coutinho, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Sturridge

Subs:Jones, Manquillo, Sakho, Toure, Can, Markovic, Lambert

NBC Sports Group's Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by Graeme Le Saux at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Three months after the two sides finished atop the Premier League table, reigning champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool clash in one of league's biggest early season match-ups.

Liverpool enter Monday's clash at the Etihad bearing news of the club's latest addition, as the Reds completed the signing of Mario Balotelli Monday afternoon.

Manchester City v Liverpool Match Facts and Prediction!

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It's probably a bit early to be calling this a title decider however given how closely Liverpool ran Manchester City to the title last season it takes on the magical 6 pointer conundrum.

Add in the return to the Premier League of former City striker Mario Balotelli whom won't play to-night for Liverpool and a little bit of spice could be added to a clash which is normally fiercely contested.

Liverpool seals Balotelli transfer from AC Milan

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By DAN KARELL

Mario Balotelli is officially a Red.

A year and a half after departing Manchester City for his native Italy, Mario Balotelli completed a reported £16 million transfer move to Liverpool, returning to the English Premier League. The club announced the move on Monday and stated that Balotelli will wear No.

PHOTO: New Liverpool signing arrives ahead of move, set to be present tonight at Manchester

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PHOTO: New Liverpool signing arrives ahead of move, set to be present tonight at Manchester - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Balotelli has just arrived at the Melwood Training complex ahead of his£16m move to Liverpool. Reports from the Italian website TMW has claimed that the 24 year old is set to present at the stands of the Etihad Stadium as Liverpool take on Premier League Champions Manchester City tonight in what promises to be mouth watering clash.

Manchester City vs Liverpool Predicted Lineups

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Liverpool and Manchester City go again in Premier League play on Monday when the Reds travel to the Etihad to battle the Sky Blues. The two outfits played to a 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium over the summer with the Reds winning on penalty kicks, but now spectators will see the two sides take each other on in a competitive match.

Preview: Manchester City vs Liverpool

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Defending champions Manchester City will welcome last season's runners-up in the biggest game of the season so far. The Citizens won the title last...

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Reds Aim For Elusive Etihad Win

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Liverpool are ready to face Manchester City on Bank Holiday Monday as Brendan Rodgers looks to continue a winning start with his side. Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the post last season and rivalries have since grown more intense.

With Liverpool almost securing the signing of Mario Balotelli, he unfortunately will not be sealed in time to feature against his old club.

Liverpool at Manchester City 08.25.14

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-2 Liverpool (h) 04.13.14
1-2 City (a) 12.26.13
2-2 (a) 02.03.13
2-2 (h) 08.26.12

Last match:
Liverpool: 2-1 Southampton (h)
Manchester City: 2-0 Newcastle (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling, Sturridge 1
Manchester City: Agüero, Silva 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Johnson
Gerrard
Henderson Allen
Coutinho Sturridge Sterling

After one preseason match and 60 minutes against Southampton, I suspect Liverpool's experiment with the 4-2-3-1 is over, at least for the time being.

Mario Balotelli’s agent admits Liverpool move is ‘last chance’ at big club

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Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has admitted that the striker's move to Liverpool will be his final chance to play for a big club....

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Why Mario Balotelli will be a hit at Liverpool

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Why Mario Balotelli will be a hit at Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Balotelli is on the brink of a return to the Premier League, with Liverpool agreeing a £16m fee with AC Milan. Balotelli is due on Merseyside to complete the deal. Some have questioned the move, whereas others have applauded it.

Mario Balotelli takes massive wage cut to join Liverpool from Milan

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Mario Balotelli has had to make another sacrifice in joining Liverpool by agreeing to have his wages slashed by £60,000 a week, according to reports....

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3 to see: Barcelona and Dortmund return while two Premier League heavyweights clash

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Two more of Europe's biggest competitions return to action this weekend, with intriguing fixtures in the Bundesliga and La Liga making up the bulk of Just Football's Three to See.

Manchester City vs Liverpool: Preview, possible lineups & Predictions

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Manchester City vs Liverpool: Preview, possible lineups & Predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The bank holiday weekend ends with a mouth-watering tie as the top two teams from last season go head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City and Liverpool both started their season with a victory and if either side can maintain their 100% start after this match they will have every reason to feel confident about the remainder of their season.

Liverpool insert good behaviour clause in Mario Balotelli signing

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Mario Balotelli will have to accept a good behaviour clause in his contract before his £16m transfer to Liverpool can be agreed, according to...

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Five Players Who Simply Have To Perform This Season

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Five Players Who Simply Have To Perform This Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If you include Manchester United as one of the Premier League's top five, then four of the top five started the season with a win at the weekend. Already, the Premier League table has an ominously familiar look to it as the top four of last season now occupy similar places in the table once again.

Mario Balotelli: The Man, The Myth, The Legend [VIDEOS]

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Mario Balotelli's name precedes him, just as it was with the man he'll be replacing with his imminent arrival at Liverpool. When Premier League fans think of Balotelli, they think of "Why Always Me", bathroom fireworks, and his slew of training ground bust-ups with teammates and coaches alike. But just as it's unfair to refer to Suarez for his lapses in judgment so to speak, without mentioning that he was, indeed, the greatest player in the world during the 2013-14 season, it's unfair to mention Balotelli without mentioning his talent.

Brazil squad vs Colombia and Ecuador September 2014

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

New Brazil coach Dunga has named his first squad since he returned to take over the seleção last month.
Jefferson, David Luiz, Maicon, Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Ramires, Oscar, Hulk, Willian and Neymar have been retained from the World Cup squad. Captain Thiago Silva misses out through injury.

Brazil squad vs Colombia and Ecuador September 2014

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

New Brazil coach Dunga has named his first squad since he returned to take over the seleção last month.
Jefferson, David Luiz, Maicon, Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Ramires, Oscar, Hulk, Willian and Neymar have been retained from the World Cup squad. Captain Thiago Silva misses out through injury.

Liverpool make offer for ex-Man City star Mario Balotelli

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Liverpool have made an £18m offer for AC Milan's controversial striker Mario Balotelli, according to reports in Italy. The former Manchester...

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English Premier League

Chelsea legend quits international football

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England star midfielder Frank Lampard has confirmed his retirement from international football on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old was a part of Roy Hodgson's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where the English side led by Liverpool star Steven Gerrard were knocked out of the group stages of the summer tournament in Brazil.

Hazard, Jovetic, Buckley: Names of the Premier League, week 2

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Week two of thePremier League 2014/15 is complete and so we bring youNames of thePremier League- a weekly column onJust Football where we offer you the best performers of the week.

Ramsey on why Arsenal CAN cope with power of BPL rivals!!

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After the Sky pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher dismissed the chances of Arsenal winning the Premier League title this season, and any team other than Chelsea or Man City for that matter, Aaron Ramsey has responded. And not surprisingly, our star midfielder thinks that the Gunners have plenty of qualities of our own to [.

Premier League Insider: Views On Opening Weekend For Chelsea, Spurs, City, Villa, WBA, Stoke & QPR

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Cesc Fabregas has taken the Premier League by storm once again with a stunning first half performance in his official Chelsea debut on Monday night. The case of Fabregas is curious, as many had written him off as someone who peaked early in his career and had lost his way. But perhaps the reason Fabregas tailed off in his final Arsenal season and in his three years at Barcelona was that he was not being given the luxury to play as deep as he would like in midfield.

Is Wenger REALLY happy with his Arsenal squad?

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After leading Arsenal to an FA cup trophy after a long nine years with no silverware, along with a serious challenge for the title which just faltered as the injuries piled up, Arsene Wenger appeared to have fallen back in love with the game, as proven when he signed up to another three years at [...

Transfer News and Gossip

Roma prepare bid for Man City’s Micah Richards

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Roma are reportedly planning a surprise swoop for Manchester City outcast Micah Richards as they look to boost their defensive options. The Serie A...

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Juventus lining up Man City’s Stevan Jovetic

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Juventus are lining up a move for Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, according to reports in Italy. The Serie A champions are keen to land the...

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Arsenal could miss out on Man City’s Matija Nastasic

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Arsenal look set to miss out on Manchester City's Matija Nastasic as Juventus are preparing to swoop, according to reports. The defender is...

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The Rest

Capital One Cup Draw: Man Utd-Slayers MK Dons Face Home Tie With Bradford As Holders Man City Host Sheffield Wednesday

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By Alan Duffy

League One giant-killers MK Dons may well have been hoping for another clash with a top-tier side but instead the Dons face a home tie with Bradford in the Capital One Cup Third Round.

Holders Manchester City will be confident of getting past Sheffield Wednesday at the Etihad while Arsenal face a tricky home clash with Southampton.

Newcastle Still Short Of At Least One Player

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Newcastle played well last week against Manchester City in the 2-0 loss, and we played OK today at Villa Park, but we could have (easily) won this game if we had a Loic Remy or Demba Ba type player in the side butwe didn't and we don't have one in the squad at [...]