Player ratings: Manchester City v Liverpool

Given – One straightforward save was all that was required as the defence in front of Shay was outstanding. Did well with a series of tricky corners in the first half. 6

Zabaleta – Won some crunching tackles and looked to get forward whenever he could. A big improvement on his recent performances. 7

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Preview: Manchester City v Liverpool

Is the visit of Liverpool our biggest league game of the season so far? With City failing to pick up three points at Stoke, our grip on fourth place looks fragile. Victory over Liverpool would be a huge boost for Roberto Mancini as City seek to get back on track.

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Verdict: Stoke City 1 Manchester City 1

A game that had threatened to be tempestuous didn’t disappoint, with City fortunate to come away with a point after going behind to 10 men for the second season running at the Britannia Stadium. Last season this fixture saw a desperate City performance and this wasn’t any easier for those blues who witnessed it.

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