The victory sees Manuel Pellegrini’s men a perfect nine for nine at home this Premier League campaign, as Manchester City leapt into second place and knocked Liverpool down from the top to fourth.
A bitter loss it was indeed for the Merseysiders, who will have felt they deserved more from a relatively even contest.
Detailed below are five interesting stats from Manchester City’s Boxing Day victory over Liverpool:
Liverpool are Manchester City’s first Premier League opponents this term to lose only by a margin of one at the Etihad. The previous record was two, shared by Hull and Everton, whilst prior to Boxing Day the Citizens had outscored adversaries at home by a combined 35 to five.
A pair of Manchester City attackers made more tackles than Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel over the course of the contest - Samir Nasri with one and Jesus Navas with three. The Slovak centre-back recorded a total of zero over the 90 minutes.
In a game that featured both clubs completing 88% of their passes, Lucas Leiva shone brightest of all non-defenders in misplacing just two of 64 total balls played (97%). The overall champion of distribution ? Skrtel, who was on target with all 37 of the passes he attempted.
Although not on the score sheet in Thursday’s encounter, Liverpool's Luis Suarez had beaten the keeper in four straight Premier League games, hitting the back of the net a total of 10 times during this period. The purple patch saw him average a goal every 36 minutes, and an assist every 90 minutes.
Liverpool subs Victor Moses and Iago Aspas struggled to make an impact after coming on in the second half, totalling just 15 touches between them in a combined 30 minutes of football as the Reds searched for that elusive equaliser.
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