Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho celebrates with Dejan Lovren after scoring the winning goal. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Liverpool 2 Manchester City 1The decisive factor at Anfield would not be Liverpool’s late return from Istanbul, claimed Manuel Pellegrini, but the per(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi misses the target with a diving header from his penalty rebound against Manchester City during their Champions League  tie at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: EPA

There was a moment in the first half here, midway through a period of almost dreamy Barcelona superiority, when Manchester City might have considered (...)

Manchester City  midfielder Samir Nasri  listens to  manager Manuel Pellegrini  during a press conference prior to the Barcelona clash.  Photo: Oli Scarffoli/Getty

Samir Nasri believes Manchester City showed Barcelona too much respect in last season’s Champions League and said City “won’t be scared” when the club(...)

James Milner’s late free kick rescued a point for Manchester City as they drew 1-1 at home to Hull. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City 1 Hull City 1Substitute James Milner struck a superb injury-time free-kick as lacklustre champions Manchester City rescued a point wit(...)

 Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud  celebrates scoring his side’s  second goal  during the  Premier  match against Manchester City  at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Manchester City 0 Arsenal 2The only possible complaint against Arsenal is that they do not do this more often. Arsène Wenger’s side have been a soft t(...)

Frank Lampard celebrates scoring Manchester City’s winner in the 3-2 win over Sunderland, a goal which moved him above Thierry Henry in the all time Premier League scorers list. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 2 For a second successive game, Manchester City somehow contrived to lose a two-goal lead at home against a team t(...)

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes scores their second goal during the Premier League match against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester City 2 Burnley 2This was the not the perfect way to close 2014 for Manchester City although it could have been worse. If Burnley had been d(...)

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure fires home his side’s third goal despite an attempted block by Crystal Palace’s Mile Jedinak, during the  Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with his side’s 3-0 win at home to Crystal Palace despite their lack of options up front.Desp(...)

David Silva scores his and Manchester City’s second goal  in the  Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester City 3 Crystal Palace 0David Silva struck twice as Manchester City made light of their absence of strikers to brush troubled Crystal Palace(...)

David Silva came on for Manchester City against Roma after six-week injury lay-off. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

David Silva wants Manchester City to avoid Barcelona and both Real and Atletico Madrid in Monday’s draw in Nyon for the Champions League last 16, t(...)