Many had billed this as an early season title-decider; obviously, that is a bit too dramatic but you have to say, Manchester City and Liverpool will be right in amongst the honours come the end of the season.
It was Manuel Pellegrini who came away from the Etihad smiling, though, but Brendan Rodgers will be chomping at the bit to get Mario Balotelli in his side.
What have we learnt from tonight’s 90 minutes?
There were a few raised eyebrows when the starting line-ups were announced and Manchester City’s talismanic striker Sergio Aguero was on the substitutes bench. However, many felt it was Stevan Jovetic’s time to shine and grab his chance…and boy did he do that!
Hope Jovetic can keep a form like this throughout the season… Quality striker, just needed his chance!
— Ryan Luther (@RyanLuther1) August 25, 2014
Great goal from City, I'm a United fan but Jovetic is quality!
— HarryFord07 (@harryford1998) August 25, 2014
Jovetic is absolute quality!! Ive said for ages and i think hes gonna have great season!!
— Ste Dunne (@SteDunne1) August 25, 2014
Today, Mario Balotelli became Liverpool’s ninth summer signing and, quite rightly, the maverick forward stole all the headlines. However, Liverpool fans will certainly take time out to acknowledge the performance of their midfielder Joe Allen who, despite the result, quietly impressed, tonight.
Actually eat some of my words over Joe Allen doing well in this game and last game.
— Lou (@lou_liverpool) August 25, 2014
Joe Allen has been boss by the way. Again.
— David Martinez (@DMARTINEZ_85) August 25, 2014
— matt murdock (@mv_jenkins) August 25, 2014
Will just say this, Joe Allen is impressing once more. Sooner or later you'll all admit he's a crucial part of our side
— Jim Fishlock (@JimFish286) August 25, 2014
Despite shelling out for Dejan Lovren from Southampton and Alberto Moreno from Sevilla, Liverpool’s defence still remains a big issue for Brendan Rodgers.
The key opening goal could’ve been easily avoided but Liverpool’s failure to clear the ball resulted in Stevan Jovetic’s opening, and crucial, goal.
Two man made things you can see from space: Great wall of china the hole in Liverpool's defence
— feo (@FeoWalcutt) August 25, 2014
Liverpool's transfer strategy of not buying any quality defenders when the defence cost them the title last year has predictably backfired.
— Нейтан Уильямсон (@ABathOfBleach) August 25, 2014
Liverpool need to work on their defence, its no better than last years except this year they wont get as many goals to balance it out IMO
— Thierry Jr (@MMLdn) August 25, 2014
Banter when this Liverpool defence comes up against Europe's elite
— Gunnervision (@Gunner_vision) August 25, 2014