Stevan Jovetic scored twice as Manchester City issued a statement of intent with a 3-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool on Monday.
The defending champions had to withstand some pressure from the side they beat to the title last season, but underlined their clinical touch in front of goal.
Jovetic opened his account for the season in the closing minutes of the first half with a close-range finish and doubled his tally to cap a flowing City move before the hour.
Sergio Aguero's first act after replacing the injured Edin Dzeko in the second half was to strike a third goal for the hosts as he slid a low shot out of Simon Mignolet's reach.
Pablo Zabaleta's late own goal, which came after Joe Hart had parried substitute Rickie Lambert's close-range header, was scant consolation for Brendan Rodgers' men.
With new signing Mario Balotelli watching on after completing his move from Milan, Liverpool gave a debut to Alberto Moreno, while Joe Allen returned for Lucas in midfield.
Zabaleta's recall for City enabled Gael Clichy to revert to left-back and the 29-year-old was at the heart of the hosts' good early play.
Dzeko and Yaya Toure both had sights of goal in the opening 15 minutes thanks to Clichy crosses, but neither was able to stretch Mignolet.
Liverpool's midfield began to dominate possession following a cagey start and Daniel Sturridge finally tested Hart in the 33rd minute.
Steven Gerrard executed a perfect pass to find the striker at the back post but, having escaped the attentions of Vincent Kompany, his fierce left-foot shot was pushed away.
Hart's efforts proved crucial for City as they went on to open the scoring through Jovetic with four minutes of the half remaining.
As Moreno dallied on a knockdown from Dejan Lovren inside the Liverpool penalty area, the 24-year-old nipped in and lashed the ball through the legs of Mignolet.
Rodgers' side had the ball in the net four minutes after the break but the linesman's flag denied Sturridge, much to the relief of Kompany who had misjudged a Glen Johnson cross.
To rub salt into the Liverpool wounds City promptly doubled their lead as Jovetic completed a neat one-two with Samir Nasri with a calm finish.
The striker's flick ran perfectly into the Frenchman's stride, and Nasri returned the ball to his unmarked team-mate to apply the finish.
The introduction of debutant Lazar Markovic breathed some life back into Liverpool, but a ruthless City outfit extended their lead even further in the 69th minute as Jovetic turned provider.
His pass released Aguero in behind the Liverpool defence and the Argentine confidently fired low into the back of the net, just 23 seconds after replacing Dzeko.
Liverpool, who have now only won once in their last nine visits to City, pulled one back with seven minutes to play as Zabaleta nudged the ball into his own goal.
Sturridge showed good strength on the right and delivered a perfect cross to Lambert, whose header was saved by Hart before the loose ball struck the defender on the knee and dropped over the line.
There was further bad news for Liverpool as Johnson hobbled off after all three substitutions had been made, while Moreno appeared to turn his ankle in injury time but carried on.
|35||S. Jovetić||41' 55'|
|Coach: M. Pellegrini|
for David Silva 65'
for E. Džeko 68'
for S. Jovetić 80'
|Allardyce: We cannot lose our cool like Tottenham|
|Rashford reminds me of me – Ronaldo|
|£170m windfall for winners of Boro-Brighton clash|
|Martinez: Leicester have not changed English football|
|Marcelino: Liverpool pushed the boundaries|
|City struggled to cope with semi-final occasion - Bale|
|Mahrez wants Leicester stay, says vice-chairman|
|Shakhtar deserved more - Lucescu|
|Klopp hails Liverpool players after ´wonderful night´|
|Sturridge all smiles after returning to lead Liverpool into final|
|Reaching the Europa League final again is a dream - Gameiro|
|Sevilla 3 Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (5-3 agg): Gameiro brace books holders´ third straight final|
|Liverpool 3 Villarreal 0 (3-1 agg): Anfield comeback sends Klopp´s men into final|
|Bologna v Milan: De Sciglio targeting European qualification|
|Leicester players ´love each other´ - vice-chairman Srivaddhanaprabha|
|Simeone rates all-Madrid Champions League final as ´50-50´|
|Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund: Tuchel´s men hope to extend title race|
|Crystal Palace v Stoke City: League points the priority for Pardew|
|Gray determined to prove himself at Leicester|
|Inter v Empoli: Kondogbia wants to end San Siro drought|
|Norwich City v Manchester United: Van Gaal gives United no excuses|
|Olic brands Guardiola a failure|
|Pardew seeks Leicester inspiration for FA Cup final|
|Atletico boosted by Tiago return|
|Casillas rules out Miami switch|
|Sunderland v Chelsea: Larsson eyes crucial victory|
|Dyke confirms Spurs set for Wembley stay|
|West Ham v Swansea City: Payet credits Bilic for impressive Hammers form|
|Fellaini must learn to control himself - Van Gaal|
|Kaka omitted from Brazil´s Copa America squad|
|Gazelec Ajaccio v Paris Saint-Germain: Relegation-threatened hosts eye vital win|
|Leicester City v Everton: Ranieri ready to celebrate remarkable title triumph|
|Stoke´s Joselu slams Toure and Manchester City|
|´We are the champions´ - Shaq sends musical congratulations to Northampton|
|Huth and Fellaini handed three-match bans|
|Lee set for Crystal Palace fine after Pardew remarks|
|AFC Bournemouth v West Brom: Howe feared injuries would curtail Premier League dream|
|Ranieri will not ´break´ Leicester dressing room with star names|
|Pepe: Benitez told me I was not needed|
|Ingolstadt v Bayern Munich: Title in sight for Guardiola´s men|
|Mahrez 50-50 to stay at Leicester - agent|
|Tough to emulate ´inspirational´ Leicester, warns Martinez|
|Bendtner in training at FC Copenhagen|
|Aston Villa v Newcastle United: Wijnaldum demands result to keep survival bid alive|
|Ibrahimovic could make sensational San Siro return - Raiola|
|Obertan, Marveaux released by Newcastle|
|Jovetic wants Toure, Zabaleta at Inter|
|Ramos admires Champions League final rival Simeone|
|Gotze too nice for Bayern Munich ´sharks´ - Augenthaler|
|Bale hits back at Pellegrini ´lucky´ claim|
|Jovetic desperate to earn Inter stay|
|Lucky Madrid no better than Man City - Pellegrini|
|Ferdinand slams City´s lack of desire in Champions League exit|
|Kroos: Madrid have more quality than Atletico|
|Keane: United lack character|
|Klopp: Villarreal in for tough time at Anfield|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Nacional advance to quarters, River eliminated|
|PFA chief wants Leicester stars to be honoured|
|Argentina recall Tevez for initial Copa America squad|
|Keane focused on the Republic of Ireland, not Celtic|
|Ronaldo reiterates desire for Zidane to continue as Madrid coach|
|Keane: City need to improve to win Champions League|
|Falcao left out of Colombia´s Copa America squad|
|Carragher: Sturridge must start against Villarreal|
|De La Hoya´s clanger: ´Whoever thought Leicester would win the UEFA Cup?´|
|Marotta: City asked, but it´s not time to sell Pogba|
|Marcelino wants to turn Anfield atmosphere in Villarreal´s favour|
|Marcelo calls for La Liga focus after Madrid reach Champions League final|
|Origi hopeful of returning before season´s end|
|Madrid were the better side, insists Ronaldo|
|Mangala: City should be proud of semi-final run|
|Madrid move motivated by Champions League glory, says Bale|
|We will leave our soul in the final - Ramos|
|Hart left broken by ´very lucky´ Madrid goal|
|Zidane hails victorious Madrid|
|Pellegrini disappointed to miss out in tie of few chances|
|Real Madrid 1 Manchester City 0 (1-0 agg): Zidane´s men set up 2014 final repeat|
|Lucescu: Shakhtar ready for hardest fight|
|´Benteke cost almost Villarreal´s budget!´ - Marcelino expects major Liverpool test|
|AFC Champions League Review: Big-spending Jiangsu Suning dumped out|
|Kompany off injured in Champions League semi|
|Ter Stegen: I want to stay at Barcelona|
|Vardy will thrive for England at Euro 2016, says Smith|
|Lemina eyes key role at Juventus|
|Cerezo hits back at Vidal´s ´ugly´ swipe|
|Bacca happy at Milan without European football, says agent|
|Long backs Saints to end Spurs hoodoo|
|West Ham´s Sullivan labels Leicester lucky|
|Alba admires Atletico team work|
|Ranieri deserves an honour - Italian prime minister|
|Klopp bullish ahead of semi-final showdown|
|Ranieri´s 96-year-old mother: Now my son is King of England|
|Lovren: Europa League final would save Liverpool´s season|
|BREAKING NEWS: Dembele set for long FA ban over Costa altercation|
|AC Milan ultras call for Galliani´s head over ´blatant mockery´ of fans|
|Emery wants ´inspired´ Konoplyanka in Europa League semi-final|
|Wendell Lira blames Puskas Award trip for club woes|
|Joe Cole in line for Tampa Bay Rowdies move|
|Fuchs: I could kiss Hazard after title-clinching goal|
|Hiddink turned down Leicester before Ranieri appointment|
|Arsenal did not hold their nerve in title race - Smith|
|Cazorla targets City comeback for Arsenal|
|Webb could face lifelong ban as FIFA opens proceedings|
|Smith backs Leicester to become Premier League ´force´|
|Toni to retire after Juventus clash|
|Iwobi reveals key to dream Arsenal rise|
|Allen expects to reach Europa League final|
|McLeish leaves Zamalek after 65 days|
|Football fans pile bets on Burnley to win Premier League after Leicester´s shock success|
|Ranieri: Rich teams will win for next 10 to 20 years|
|Pity we could not reward Guardiola for his three years, says Bayern captain Lahm|
|Madrid revenge no factor for Simeone|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Pumas UNAM, Atletico Nacional advance to quarter-finals|
|Adelaide want Leicester City friendly|
|Tottenham have proven critics wrong - Eriksen|
|Ferdinand ´turned on´ by Simeone´s Atletico|
|Wilson hoping Brighton experience enough for United|
|Griezmann urges team-mates to keep feet on the ground|
|We´ve learned from past errors - Fernandinho|
|Payet cleans up West Ham awards|
|´We don´t need superstars´ - Ranieri|
|Vidal: Bayern are still the best in the world|
|Guardiola: I have given my life to Bayern|
|Simeone: Atletico have eliminated two of the world´s three best teams|
|Leicester owner reveals Vardy signing doubts|
|Bayern feel cheated, says Rummenigge|