Manchester City are in a crisis. Mini-crisis maybe!
They lost their captain and defensive leader Vincent Kompany last year. Over the summer, City did not bother to sign a new player in defence. They had Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones.
However, two months into the season and both Laporte and Stones were out injured. Pep’s confidence in Otamendi was so low that despite having no other defenders, Otamendi was still on the bench.Pep’s team are usually the kind of people who buy and keep extra players ready in case and hence it was surprising to see that City fail to reinforce their defensive unit.
It is obvious that they need reinforcement. Not according to one man however. It is their former leader Vincent Kompany. The Belgian used to play for Manchester City until last season and even though he has left and not been replaced, Kompany feels City have enough talent in the squad to step up.
“I don’t think they need to sign another defender,” Kompany told Sky Sports.
“We always struggle at Anfield. I said that on Super Sunday, you’re fighting 25 years of not winning at Anfield and that’s difficult, it’s two games in one game – you’re playing a great team and you’re fighting history.
“Flip it around and the same will happen for Liverpool – they will fight the history of not winning the league for 30 years.
“That should be to City’s advantage I still think. As to the defence, the best way for City to defend in the past has been to attack. They have no reason to change that.
“As soon as they start reconnecting with the best performances, I’m convinced that we can see a sustainable amount of wins.”
“The incident happens and I’m confused,” Kompany told Sky Sports.
“That’s the problem. I’m confused. I’m thinking ‘Okay, I’m not the expert in everything’. Then I look to my right at Jose Mourinho, Roy Keane and Graham Souness. We’re all confused.
“Surely that says something about the process? The fact that this could still be for debate when there’s a VAR system that is meant to make football simpler and fairer.
“[The] goal happens 20 seconds later. My feeling remains that although Liverpool were great, and both teams tried to play the way they are known to play, I felt this first decision was so important to get right.”
“I’m a fan of a lot of the things Jurgen Klopp represents, the way his team plays,” he said.
“I think there’s a fantastic chemistry between the type of football Klopp is able to produce with his team, and what Liverpool tries to represent.
“There’s a lot of positives to be said about this team, but I still believe Manchester City are in a position where they have recent history going for them.
“You know, [City] coming back from losing positions is something that has happened quite a few times, coming back from losing positions to Liverpool as well.
“If I was in the dressing room at this point I would be reminding players of that and trying to reconnect with what the best City team is.”
Should City listen to Kompany or look to invest in a defender in the January transfer window which opens on January 1, 2020.