Sky Sports pundit names the selection error Man City made against Norwich City
The defending champions suffered their first defeat in the Premier League since January at Carrow Road this weekend, losing 3-2 to the Canaries and finding themselves five points behind Liverpool already.
“You could tell within 10 minutes this was going to be a drama game from the way Man City played,” he told Sky Sports.
“The way they were passing it around, it was all so lackadaisical. They thought they were turning up to wipe the floor with Norwich, and it backfired. Why didn’t Kevin De Bruyne start? Straightaway the manager is sending out a signal to say that this is a walk in the park.
“You should play your best players and get the game done and dusted in 30 minutes, and then De Bruyne could come off. What City do all the time when they have to chase games is end up by throwing a load of forwards on who end up getting in each other’s way.
“Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero and De Bruyne all on. In the end, De Bruyne was playing as centre-half to get the ball the last 10 minutes. There was nowhere for anyone to go.
“Pep is without Laporte, so he needed to play his best team. Klopp does as he knows this is a league that can bite you. It’s a big gap now and if Liverpool go to Chelsea this weekend and win, City are in trouble.
“It looks like Stones’ confidence is shot while Walker is just all pace. The second goal, he’s just got to step up but because he’s quick he’s thinking he’s going to be alright.
“You’ve got to have a bit about you for the team, it’s a simple step up to play offside. I said they would miss Laporte, and they already are. That was against one of the lesser teams.”