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Man City handle Liverpool 3-0 in EPL

Updated: January 03, 2012, 16:59


Manchester City's James Milner, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty against Liverpool during their English Premier League soccer match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

MANCHESTER, England(AP) Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of the English Premier League by easily dealing with Liverpool 3-0 at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

First-half goals from Sergio Aguero, courtesy of a bad error by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, and Yaya Toure allowed City to continue its remarkable home form.

City lost midfielder Gareth Barry to a 73rd-minute red card, for a second bookable offense, but within a minute it added a third goal courtesy of a James Milner penalty.

The calendar year of 2011 saw City collect 52 points from a possible 54 on its own ground and, after one point from its last two away fixtures, Roberto Mancini's team relished the return to home turf.

Liverpool was without Luis Suarez, after announcing before kickoff that it will not appeal the eight-match suspension handed to him for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

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