A Mario Balotelli-less City started with poacher extraordinaire Edin Dzeko up front, and Sergio Aguero sat just behind him. Whereas Liverpool put their faith in the blossoming new partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
It was a fast-paced, highly contested and exciting match, only marred by Dzeko's "injury" in the build up to Liverpool's goal, and Sturridge's late reaction dive to being brushed by Joleon Lescott's little toenail in the penalty box.
In a game where the visitors looked marginally more at home at the Etihad than Roberto Mancini's men, it was a tale of two screamers for Liverpool, and a defensive howler from the Reds that gave them two points less than they deserved, whereas City claimed two points less than they wanted in their quest to close the gap on Manchester United.
A great game of football, and one that replicated the same fixture in August, almost goal-for-goal.
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