BPL Monday: Manchester City dominate Liverpool as Mario Balotelli looks on

IMAGE, DAVE MARTINEZ, EMPIRE OF SOCCER

By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Liverpool completed the signing of Mario Balotelli earlier in the day and he was on hand to watch his new teammates at his old stomping grounds, the Etihad Stadium.

However, he may have watched with hands over his eyes as Manchester City ran riot in a 3-1 victory.

It was Stefan Jovetic who stole the show. After a maligned campaign last term, Jovetic is looking like a different player and starting to show the goal-scoring touch that was lacking last season. His first came in the 41st minute and it was a mistake from debutant Alberto Moreno that allowed it. Taking too long to clear after a knockdown from Dejan Lovren, Jovetic stole the ball and finished to give City the lead.

Jovetic doubled his tally and City’s lead 10 minutes into the second half. After combining well with Samir Nasri, Jovetic had much to aim at with Simon Mignolet scrambling.

After only being on the pitch for 23 second, Sergio Aguero had City’s third. Jovetic played the ball to release the Argentine striker and Aguero made no mistake firing past Mignolet in the 69th minute.

Liverpool would claw one back. It appeared that Rickie Lambert had scored his first goal in a Reds kit, but it was eventually ruled as an own goal. After the cross from Daniel Sturridge, Lambert headed towards goal, which was initially saved by Joe Hart and then came back off of Pablo Zabaleta and over the line. Goal-line technology had to be called on and rightfully awarded Liverpool their consolation goal.

City look every bit serious in their title defense with two strong performances. Liverpool will be much improved when Balotelli is able to play, but will need him to keep his behavior in check or the Reds could risk imploding.

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