Pepe Reina flubbed what should have been a fairly simple stop off a Sergio Aguero drive. Liverpool dominated possession thereafter but it was City once again going up through Yaya Toure's header at the half an hour mark.
Gerrard and Craig Bellamy were introduced by Kenny Dalglish after an hour and Liverpool looked more mobile going forward although they failed to look threatening in the final third once again. Gareth Barry was sent off for two quick fouls on Spearing and Agger. But City shrugged off being a man down as Toure was brought down in the box after one of his characteristic surging move. James Milner, a picture of industry, converted flawlessly.
City's response was exactly what they needed after their bitter Sunderland loss. They were more efficient than dominant. Liverpool on the other hand do not score enough goals and lack that creative edge. Charlie Adams hits a wall and Stewart Downing's 20m price tag appears too extravagant at this stage for someone who has materially not helped his team in scoring or creating assists. In one of the rare instances Jordan Henderson produced a Fabregas like pass in the initial minutes which Downing should have done better.
On a side note. Vincent Kompany should make the first Premier League XI. He's been a rock at the back.