Aguero needs to step up for City

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THIS Manch­ester City team need ma­jor surgery. Be­tween now and the end of the sea­son, the play­ers will be want­ing to make sure they are part of Pep Guardi­ola’s plans.

Look­ing at the team knocked out of the Cham­pi­ons League by Monaco, wingers Ra­heem Ster­ling and Leroy Sane, plus Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, will be key in­gre­di­ents in City’s fu­ture.

Sane has been par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive. When he runs with the ball, he re­minds me of a young Ryan Giggs. But you look at the cen­tre­backs, full-backs and even the cen­tre-for­ward on Wed­nes­day and see there is room for im­prove­ment.

Ev­ery match is an op­por­tu­nity for th­ese play­ers to prove their worth and they should view this game against top-four con­tenders as a per­fect op­por­tu­nity. Sharpen up Ser­gio

The cre­ativ­ity of Ster­ling and Sane will be key to Manch­ester City win­ning this game but the wingers need Ser­gio Aguero to be a me­tre quicker than he was against Monaco.

There is a feel­ing that Aguero is jam­ming the team’s suc­cess. He did not look like scor­ing in Monaco and it was not for lack of sup­ply.

Given the chances City are cre­at­ing for him, Aguero could have 10 more goals to his tally for this sea­son. With that added fire­power City could well have been in the next round of the Cham­pi­ons League and top of the Premier League! Home­sick Liver­pool

Away from home, Liver­pool are not nearly as threat­en­ing as they should be.

They press very high to try to win the ball back but when they don’t, they be­come very stretched.

Liver­pool’s op­po­nents will then knock it long and sting them on the counter-at­tack.

This seems to be more ev­i­dent away from An­field — Ou­mar Ni­asse’s goal for Hull which killed off Liver­pool in a 2-0 de­feat last month springs to mind.

Liver­pool have not won away in the Premier League since Sa­dio Mane snatched a last-gasp vic­tory at Ever­ton in De­cem­ber. That night Jur­gen Klopp’s side were sec­ond best at times but they were strong, de­ter­mined and rode out the storm.

Since then, Liver­pool have not looked solid on the road and they will need to be against City.

MY PREDICTION: MANCH­ESTER CITY 3 LIVER­POOL 1. Daily Mail

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