Manchester City and Liverpool, last season's top two in the Premier League, were both made to sweat by determined opposition before opening their campaigns with hard-fought victories on Sunday.
Newcastle United's defender Fabricio Coloccini vies with Manchester City's striker Sergio Aguero (R) during their English Premier League football match on August 17, 2014. Manchester City won the game 2-0.
David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored as champions City began their title defence with a 2-0 success at Newcastle United, after Daniel Sturridge had struck late in the game to earn Liverpool a 2-1 win at home to Southampton.
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