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Pep Guardiola lacked innovation and creativity in Man City loss to Liverpool, says Gary Neville

Pep Guardiola
watched his Man City crew lose 3-1 to Liverpool on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola was not at his artistic finest as his Manchester City facet have been overwhelmed 3-1 by Liverpool on Sunday, believes Gary Neville.

The Premier League champions have been downed at Anfield and have slipped to 9 factors behind Jurgen Klopp’s males because of this.

Guardiola has been hit with a lot of accidents, notably in defence, with Ederson, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko among the many stricken gamers.

Neville believes that the centre-back pairing of John Stones and Fernandinho was a part of the issue as City have been overwhelmed on Merseyside, and was stunned that the modern Spaniard didn’t provide you with a greater plan.

‘I just felt that Pep Guardiola would have something different for us today, something that was unique and unexpected,’ Neville advised Sky Sports. ‘It’s what we’ve come to count on over the past 5, 10, 15 years watching him coach.

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‘I got what was normal, what was expected, the team the newspapers probably predicted this morning. Stones and Fernandinho at centre-back, I didn’t see something totally different about it.

Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson
Liverpool have gone 9 factors away from City with the victory (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Man City performed properly from a soccer viewpoint, however that again 4 and that goalkeeper have been by no means going to give you the option to play cope with this floor. Forget the crew, the strikers, this floor.

‘You have to have a toughness and an authority like you would not beleive to come and play a big game here, it’s the hardest of locations and Man City didn’t have that in defence at present.

‘Whether they might have been higher with Stones, Fernandinho and [Nicolas] Otamendi in a again three with wing-backs. Whether they might have gone with one thing utterly weird, which is what you count on from Pep – modern, artistic, one thing that shocks you.

‘Even if it doesn’t come off, he’s tried to do one thing, however this was not very Pep-like at present.’

Other defensive choices Nicolas Otamendi and Joao Cancelo have been left on the bench, whereas Benjamin Mendy was not even included in the squad, regardless of seemingly being match.

While Neville was crucial of how Guardiola lined up defensively, Jose Mourinho stated the Spaniard made a mistake with how he deployed Kevin de Bruyne.

The Belgian was in a extra superior position than normal, which the Portuguese believes hampered City going ahead and on the again.

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‘I didn’t like through the recreation the place of De Bruyne,’ stated Mourinho. ‘Even by the offensive viewpoint the crew misplaced so much with him enjoying in this place that’s not his pure place.

‘Defensively in the first goal he doesn’t have to be nervous with the centre-backs, I feel he has to compact, and if he is compact then Fabinho just isn’t free to rating.’

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