Manchester City Beat Liverpool 3-0 to Move Top of the Premier League

January 4, 2012 - by mosesbet · Filed Under Sports News Comments Off on Manchester City Beat Liverpool 3-0 to Move Top of the Premier League 

Manchester City completed a resounding victory over Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium to move top of the Premier League and 3 points above Utd.

Goals from Aguero, Yaya Toure and a 75th minute penalty from James Miler secured the win for Manchester City, who went down to 10 men just seconds before the penalty was given.

The win looked very straightforward for Mancini’s team, who went into the tunnel at half-time with a comfortable 2-0 scoreline.

While the Sky Sports commentators and Alan Gray and Rick Perry said that the difference between the two teams in the first half were the goal keepers (Pepe Reina made a very poor mistake to gift Liverpool and Aguero the opening goal), I thought it looks like a rudimentary win for City all across the pitch.

Liverpool deeply missed their top goal scorer Luiz Suarez, who’s scored 9 goals for Liverpool since he joined the club last year.  Liverpool chose not to appeal Suarez’s 8-match ban, which could all but end their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this season if they don’t bring in another top quality striker during the January transfer window.

Since Andy Carroll’s £35 million move to Liverpool FC from Newcastle last year, he has yet to prove himself with only 4 goals from 23 games.  While the tall, powerful and gravitated 22-year-old still personally has plenty of time to find his form, his club are in deep need of goals upfront.

The midfield quartet of Kuyt, Downing (who has yet to score for Liverpool), Adam and Henderson have not been contributing nearly as enough as they should, hence why Liverpool are lagging in 6th place in the Premier League, behind an out of form Chelsea and resurgent Arsenal team.

Personally, if I was a Liverpool supporter I would be deeply worried about their prospects this season.  While Liverpool have looked strong, experienced and with excellent away performances already this season (including 3 points away at Stamford Bridge), their home form has been poor.  Liverpool have drawn 4 of their last 6 home games, while their away record includes 3 wins and a draw.  As Gary Neville pointed out in the studio before the game, Liverpool’s poor performances at home stem from a lack of creativity in midfield and a failure to break teams down and unleash killer balls through the opposition’s defence.

Gerrard’s lengthy absence from the team has had an obvious impact on Liverpool’s home form, however at 31 years old Liverpool cannot keep relying on him to keep winning every game for them.  Someone else in the Liverpool team needs to step up to the plate, and with the likes of Bellamy, (32) Carragher (33) and Kuyt (31) all reaching their expiry date, Danglish seriously needs to consider injecting more youthful talent and natural leaders in his team.  If Liverpool doesn’t act soon, they could find themselves transitioning into a bottom half team in the next few years, while Man Utd, City, Chelsea and Arsenal see recent investments in their young signings and academy programs fulfilled.