Guardiola makes title race admission ahead of Liverpool trip
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Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has claimed Liverpool looked like a “lower league team” during their goalless first half against Manchester City at Anfield. Pep Guardiola’s side dominated possession and would have been ahead had it not been for some smart saves by Alisson.
Liverpool found themselves penned back in front of their own fans and were lucky to get into half-time level.
Jurgen Klopp tried to rally his troops by shouting from his technical box but Keane explains why his instructions were not put into place.
“Jurgen Klopp looked like he was shouting from the bench ‘be brave’ but it’s hard to be brave when you haven’t got the ball,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“But I think Liveprool are playing for all the success they have had as if they’re out of their depth as if they’re a lower league team in the FA Cup playing a big team, they’re stepping back not getting close to people.
“The quality Man City are showing Liverpool need to be more aggressive.
“People say lack of energy but when a team like Man City dominate the ball you look like you’ve got no energy but because you can’t get near people.
“Liverpool got a corner when Kyle Walker gave away a cheap corner they were up on their feet it was like they scored a goal, they need to create something and if you’re not at the races just make a tackle, something but they look one short.”
Phil Foden was having lots of joy down City’s left when running at James Milner, who was on a booking.
Jamie Carragher led the calls for Klopp to substitute his versatile man at the break.
“Yes he does [need more help] I mean it’s a big decision for Jurgen Klopp whether he changes him, he’s had the yellow card which will be a problem for him,” Carragher said.
“He’s found it tough as you would against Manchester City and that shows the difference when you talk about Liverpool squad compared to Man City that’s the only position where there’s no real backup for Liverpool.
“Trent misses out then you’ve got a midfield player at 35, 36 playing at right-back so it’s just showing today but I think Man City have been outstanding.”
He added: “I would make the change with James Milner not just with the yellow card but if it was Trent Alexander-Arnold or Joe Gomez in that position I wouldn’t bing them off at half-time because they’ve had a yellow card.
“Just James Milner and his age he’s found it difficult physically and pace-wise and Phil Foden.
“Second half coming down that side they’ve really attacked it and I’d fear that he may have to make a desperate challenge to keep up with him in some way.”
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