Manchester City have once again out themselves in the headlines of the sporting papers around England with another lackluster display against another title contending side in Liverpool. City had several stars such as Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne disappear for large parts of the match and left most of the attacking work for David Silva and Raheem Sterling.
City would ultimately struggle all match long and Liverpool would be victorious after an early header from Georginio Wijnaldum. City will look to bounce back against Burnley January 2nd.
City has normally struggled at the back against some of the title contending sides but in the latest match up against such a side, the attacking players were a huge issue. De Bruyne and Aguero were pretty much useless against the Liverpool defense on Saturday.
The only bright spot in the attacking third was former Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling. Sterling made some incredible runs and showed more maturity and poise than he has in awhile. While he did not end up scoring, he keeps showing his ability on the field for City under Pep Guardiola and will become a star under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.
In the match against Burnley, I expect to see Sterling, Leroy Sane, and Kelechi Iheanacho to all feature. For me, that is the front three will we be seeing at City for the next generation of players. For City, the arrival of Gabriel Jesus will only help bolster the attacking options for City, but in the mean time, Iheanacho needs to find a way to score against Burnley.
Another area that truly needs to be addressed is Goalkeeper. Claudio Bravo just doesn’t have the consistency for Manchester City to compete for the title. If Bravo picks it up and finds his form again, then maybe City can wait until the summer to sign a new keeper, but as far as I’m concerned Bravo isn’t cutting it.
2 – Man City have only kept a clean sheet in two of their 10 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium this season. Issue.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2017
Let’s see if Willy Caballero features against Burnley or if we see Bravo in goal again. Either way, having both of your first team keepers above 32 years of age, is not a smart move for Pep. Let’s see if Caballero gets in goal against Burnley.
After a poor performance all around from Manchester City against Liverpool, I think City needs to keep their heads up, give it their all against Burnley and win some points against a lower side. These are the games where mistakes can not be made. The more goals the better against Burnley and I believe Pep will push the team forward and City will come out on top 3-1.
*Editor’s Note: 10-man City picked up a much-needed win over Burnley 2-1. Man City goals scored by Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero.