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These Man City fans think Fernandinho will be impossible to replace after stunning Liverpool performance

These Man City fans think Fernandinho will be impossible to replace after stunning Liverpool performance

The pre-match narrative was heavily dominated by Fernandinho’s importance to Man City amid their recent domestic slump and he fittingly illustrated the difference his presence makes with a gargantuan performance in the heart of midfield. 

Fine margins were the order of the day at the Etihad Stadium last night as millimetres proved to be the difference between the two sides. The fact City, who quite simply had to win last night, were blessed with a fully fit Fernandinho made the telling difference; without him the morning headlines would likely have read very differently.

Dispossessing the opposition and simply being in the right place at the right time defensively are the pillars which form his game, but he put plenty of his more attacking-minded teammates to shame with his excellent distribution on the night.

With superlatives exhausted and gushing admiration delivered in the Brazilian’s direction, one thought has begun to dawn upon the supporters now the dust has settled on the 2-1 victory: how on earth do City go about finding a player to replace him?

Fernandinho is 34 in May and discussion over replacements has dominated the club in recent months, but finding a player who can blend both the defensive and attacking responsibilities in the manner which City’s midfield lynchpin manages is verging on the impossible.

That point was duly noted by plenty of supporters on Twitter both during and after the game last night, with his mesmerising performance confirming that he is indeed irreplaceable.

Here’s what the Man City fans had to say about Fernandinho last night…

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