The Manchester City fans were feeling subdued in the Transfer Tavern yesterday after watching their side suffer their first defeat of the Premier League campaign.
Prior to City’s trip to Merseyside, the Citizens had not recorded victory at Anfield since 2003, and they failed to end their 15-year hoodoo after 90 minutes of enthralling football against Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Liverpool side. As they typically are in fixtures against their top-four rivals, something you should have taken into account when using your sport bonus code, Liverpool were brilliant across all areas of the pitch and they deservedly claimed a 4-3 victory to finally put City’s dreams of recording an invincible season to rest.
The result for City was naturally the most disappointing aspect of the afternoon, however, the injury collected by Fabian Delph in the first-half served to further compound the misery for Pep Guardiola.
According to The Independent, Delph left Anfield on crutches after suffering a nasty knee injury, and Guardiola confirmed that the understudy left-back “will be out, I think, for a while”.
Delph’s injury is bound to cause concern amongst the City squad, as Benjamin Mendy remains a long-term absentee.
Oleksandr Zinchenko could potentially cover Delph whilst he recovers, but the young Ukrainian is hugely inexperienced and is an attacking midfielder by trade, whilst the other alternative Danilo looks far more comfortable on the right-hand side of City’s defence.
With these points to consider, Guardiola simply must sign a left-back of the highest quality this month if he wishes to retain genuine ambitions of securing glory this term.
Although there is no doubt he will command a hefty price tag, City should be aiming to land Bayern Munich star David Alaba (valued at £34.2 million by Transfermarkt) this month.
The Austrian international is one of, if not the best left-back in world football, so a move for his services would certainly enhance City’s prospects of collecting silverware on multiple fronts this year. He’s fantastic going forward, offering fantastic pace and energy, whilst the defensive side of his game has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years.
An important factor to consider is that Alaba could provide an alternative to Leroy Sane on the left-side of City’s attacking-midfield upon Benjamin Mendy’s return from injury – especially now that a move for Alexis Sanchez looks to be off the cards.
The signing of Alaba would be the best possible way to solve City’s injury crisis, so Txiki Begiristain must make a big statement of intent and help Guardiola lure him to Manchester this month.
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