Pep Guardiola issues Man City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo demand
Bravo’s recent record doesn’t inspire confidence. He was sent-off after replacing Ederson in the San Siro on Wednesday night and has conceded 21 goals from the last 40 shots on target he has faced in the Premier League.
His last start in that competition came in May 2018 in City’s 1-0 win at Southampton that secured a century of Premier League points and the 36-year-old missed almost all of last season with a serious achilles injury.
But Guardiola has total faith in the Chile international and has no concerns over throwing him into the side at Anfield.
“Why should I not be confident with my players on my team, why would I have doubts because a player who does not play regularly does not play?,” he said.
“I’d not want to be a player who was doubted by his manager, I’ve seen him in training and I know how fired and how good he is – we are not going to lose because of Claudio.
“The red card against Atalanta was because we lose the ball in a dangerous position.”
Bravo won 123 caps for Chile, twice winning the Copa America, while his club career includes 75 appearances for Barcelona.
“You have to respect this guy. He’s played at an incredible level, he won the Copa America, other cups, respect that guy, he is an incredible top top keeper,” said Guardiola.
“In the first season when he was a little bit struggling with the Premier League it was because the team was not at the top level.
“The problem was not Claudio. It is easy to point that this is the problem. It’s a club, it’s a team and sometimes you make a mistake, sometimes you make a good save, and sometimes not.
“But why should I not have any confidence with one player in my team? He wouldn’t be here. I took the decision in the second season to buy a player for a lot of money.
“Even the players who don’t play regularly we’ve a lot of confidence in them. And now the problem you have with many injuries we need all the squad to do something.”