Liverpool's defensive resolve proved adequate as they triumphed 1-0 over a disappointing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. City lost their first home game in 31 matches at the weekend to local rivals Manchester United and they succumbed again this time to fierce neighbours Liverpool.
But City failed to heed the warning and conceded the only goal of the game after 13 minutes.
Instead of spurring the home side on they looked lethargic and struggled to create any worthwhile chances, and this transmitted itself to the home crowd who were very quiet.
The Reds deserved their half-time lead and whilst City improved after the break, helped by the visitor's defending in depth, the chances tended to be speculative long range efforts and only Micah Richards looked like equalising but Pepe Reina made a fine save.
Referee: Lee Mason
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Man City scorers: Liverpool scorers: Gerrard (pen) 13
TRIBAL ASKS: Defeat to Man Utd, now Liverpool, are the wheels coming off the Man City bandwagon?
Yellow cards: Nasri (MANC), Carragher (LIV)