Manchester City travelled to Anfield with hopes of closing the gap on Liverpool who were 5 points clear at the top before kick-off.
The Cityzens were without some of their key players for Sunday’s match but manager Pep Guardiola still had hopes of claiming at least a point from this tie, but it wasn’t to be.
The visitors came out at Liverpool early on, obviously intending to press their hosts back and get the victory, but a 6th-minute counter-attack which was assisted by a controversial VAR call (which has become a norm in the EPL) killed City’s early resolve and what followed was a routine win for the European Champions.
Manchester City’s defence weren’t strong enough to contain Liverpool’s dangerous attack and Guardiola should be given some stick for this.
Yes, his tactics were ok, to say the least, but his defence was depleted and this is where the former Barcelona boss needs to take the blame.
The English champions were without No. 1 Ederson who suffered a muscle injury in the midweek UCL tie against Atalanta, a match the Brazilian had no business taking part in. His replacement Claudio Bravo has failed to make any notable saves in the two matches he has played so far. Even Kyle Walker (who had to take charge of the hand gloves after Bravo was sent off in that match) has made more saves than the Chilean.
Another area where the Cityzens are suffering is at the heart of their defence. Aymeric Laporte is out on the sidelines till January at the earliest, this lives Guardiola with only John Stones (who just returned from injury himself), the inept Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho (who is much more productive in midfield) as his only senior centre-back options.
The Spanish gaffer refused to replace departed captain Vincent Kompany in the summer and was reluctant to match Leicester’s asking price for Maguire before their neighbours closed a deal with the foxes right under their nose.
Pep has been adamant that he won’t look for defensive reinforcements when the transfer window reopens over the winter, he has sure got to reconsider his stance.
City’s hopes of winning a third successive league title is beginning to go with the wind. They are 8 points off Liverpool now and they host an in-form Chelsea side right after the international break. They have still got to host Manchester United and Leicester City before Christmas with a visit to the Emirates in the mix.Follow us on social media