Pep Guardiola 'proud' of display of Manchester City youngsters versus Liverpool

Pep Guardiola 'proud' of display of Manchester City youngsters versus Liverpool

Javier Howell
July 28, 2018

"In the Premier League he has shown how good he is and we hope this season he can do the same".

"All the contenders, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham will be stronger, Everton took a good manager, West Ham with Manuel [Pellegrini], always the expectation is high".

"Every club does what they believe".

Since winning the Premier League last season in record-breaking fashion, City have recruited winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester for a club-record £60million.

Klopp praised Mane's performance after coming on in the second half.

"He had a big impact together with Sadio and Dom. played fantastic", Klopp told reporters.

Diehard fans usually greet the major football clubs' pre-season tour of far-off countries with a distinct slice of cynicism, perceiving their run as pure money-makers for already wedged pockets, but often the matches conjure up moments of excellence for them to stand up and be counted.

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"For 75 incredible minutes, the players were so exhausted but worked so hard and for the last part of the game Liverpool brought on incredible quality and deserved to score the goals in the end".

Virgil van Dijk's record move from Southampton in January was followed by Liverpool paying another record fee to land Brazil number one Alisson from Roma.

Whilst this core of players was unable to assert any authority on proceedings, Daniel Sturridge's failure to make any significant contribution in attack was Klopp's biggest disappointment.

With several star players still missing following World Cup duty this summer, United will be further restricted by the injury to Antonio Valencia and the absence of Anthony Martial who has flown back to France.

"When we made a decision to extend the contract, first of all I am comfortable, the second one is the club trust what we are doing", said Guardiola.

It is a considerable strain on a player entering the latter years of his career, and while there were no obvious signs of age last season, a deeper dive into the data hints at a drop in intensity.

There are not many players around with the necessary breadth of attributes for the role.