Manchester City player ratings vs Liverpool - Jovetic finally proves his worth

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Manchester City swept aside Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium tonight, running out 3-1 winners against Brendan Rodgers' side.

City got their season off to a great start last weekend with a 2-0 win against Newcastle United, and built on that with a convincing win against Liverpool.

The first half wasn't quite vintage City as they struggled to keep hold of the ball, but Stevan Jovetic's opening goal breathed confidence into Manuel Pellegrini's side after the break.

Jovetic made it two with a fine finish from Samir Nasri's cut back, and substitute Sergio Aguero made an instant impact with a calm finish past an out of position Simon Mignolet.

It's the perfect start to City's attempted title defence, but how did Pellegrini's side fare individually against Liverpool tonight?

Joe Hart 7 - largely untroubled. Made a good save from Sturridge in the first half, but still makes the odd poor decision - today it was punching rather than catching, but still solid from Hart.

Pablo Zabaleta 8 - attacked superbly and defended well, proving why he's not only ahead of Bacary Sagna in the pecking order, but also considered by many to be the best right back in the Premier League.

Vincent Kompany 7 - was beaten a number of times by Sturridge's quick feet - was lucky not to be punished, but led his back line well.

Martin Demichelis 8 - struggled to cope with Liverpool's pace early on, but grew into the game and was dominant in the air.

Gael Clichy 7 - largely solid throughout and overlapped Silva well, particularly in the first half, where he was a key wide outlet.

Samir Nasri 8 - linked up well with Zabaleta down the right hand side, and his run to set up the second goal was outstanding.

Fernando 8 - plays such an underrated role. Fernando was key to winning the ball back in midfield against Liverpool, and didn't allow the Reds to keep the ball at will.

Yaya Toure 7 - still a good display from the Ivorian, who got on the ball frequently, but didn't display his lung-busting runs from midfield.

David Silva 7 - had bright moments but, much like Toure, he wasn't quite at his usual brilliant best tonight.

Edin Dzeko 7 - battled hard and led the line well, but wasted a couple of good chances with poor technique.

Stevan Jovetic 9 - after a frustrating first season, Jovetic finally showed what he can do. His first goal demonstrated outstanding anticipation, whilst he showed skill and predatory instincts for his second.

Substitutes

Sergio Aguero 8 - it's a sign of City's squad depth that they can bring on a star like Aguero, who got on the scoresheet within a minute of being introduced.

Jesus Navas 7 - caused problems with his pace down the right hand side, and provided a valuable outlet late in the game.

Fernandinho 6 - came on with just ten minutes to play but wasn't really on long enough to make a big impact.

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