Wed. Jan 20th, 2021

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Gary Neville says Liverpool transfer recruitment better than Man City’s recently

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Gary Neville believes Manchester City have been second best to Liverpool in the transfer market in the past couple of years.

City finished runners-up to champions Liverpool – by some distance – in the Premier League last season. After eight games of the 2020-21 campaign, Pep Guardiola’s men are 13th with 12 points – eight adrift of joint leaders Liverpool and Tottenham, albeit with a game in hand.

On Saturday, City were beaten 2-0 by Jose Mourinho’s Spurs and it led to Neville making a strong statement about City and Liverpool.

“I don’t think the recruitment (at City) has been as good as Liverpool’s in the last two years,” said former Manchester United man Neville in his latest podcast. “I think that has been one of the key things.

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“City losing (Vincent) Kompany, and they tried to get Harry Maguire, didn’t they, and obviously Manchester United paid more. Whether than would have been something that would have solved it for them?

“They’ve now got (Ruben) Dias and (Aymeric) Laporte. I’m not going to be too critical of them. They are good defenders and I do think if they keep those two together, they’ll have a good season, City.

“But Harry Kane did mess them around (on Saturday) and they struggled. Something’s not right with City and the recruitment is maybe not as sharp as it has been before. I’m really surprised they haven’t invested in a world class centre forward that would make the difference for them, because (Sergio)  Aguero does pick up injuries.”

Neville also highlighted a key issue that he thinks is affecting City on the pitch at present.

“They haven’t been the same for 18 months now and you’re trying to put your finger on it,” he added. “Yes, Kompany has gone and Aguero has been injured, and David Silva (has gone) who glues the team together.

“They are world class players, so they are losing that, but they’ve still got control of the game, they’ve still got the possession. What’s missing? Yes, there’s the final bit – maybe that little bit of clinical finishing that Aguero brings?

“The biggest thing for me is in transition. They are not as quick in transition, when they give the ball away and winning it back. Teams are more comfortable in playing passes through them, taking that risk.

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Manchester City resumed their Premier League campaign this weekend with a trip to London to play Tottenham Hotspur but left deflated after a 2-0 loss.

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“You always won the ball back against City and then they were all over you like a rash. Then they’d win it back off you and they’d be through you. Or they would just sustain attacks – and it’s less than it was before. Something is not the same. Ederson doesn’t look as comfortable in goal – he’s making mistakes that he wasn’t maybe a couple of years ago.

“There seems to be a lot more reliance on (Kevin) De Bruyne, whereas a couple of years ago it seemed it was just shared around. A number of things that mean they are not quite right, and it looks like Pep is still searching for the right combinations.

“A couple of years ago, you could name the team and you could tell what was going to happen each game. Now I don’t quite get that same feeling that the continuity and fluidity is there.”

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