31-year-old must be axed: Three things we learned about Liverpool in draw v Manchester City
By Danny Wright
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
31-year-old must be axed
Ragnar Klavan had a torrid time dealing with the home side’s attack throughout the game. He was lucky to not concede a penalty in the first half when he pulled back Sergio Aguero in the box and despite possibly saving a goal, it highlighted how easily the City attack managed to get past him. The 31-year-old was found out of position at times and showed a distinct lack of concentration and positional awareness. He was suspect when Aguero levelled the score when the striker managed to get the run on him. Jurgen Klopp has to bring Dejan Lovren into his plans in the next few games otherwise their current Champions League spot could come under threat.
James Milner wasted at left-back
Klopp has a big headache over Milner because he’s too good to drop from his side but there’s a lot of strength in areas where the 31-year-old is more comfortable playing. He proved against City that he is a lot better going forward than he is defending and Pep Guardiola clearly told his side to attack that side of the pitch when they pressed forward. Raheem Sterling had the better of Milner on numerous occasions and he, as well as Klavan, was lucky to not concede a penalty kick in the first half. Going forward though, Milner looked a lot more composed and took a brilliant spot-kick against his former side to open the scoring.
Emre Can is massively underrated
The 23-year-old is rapidly becoming one of Klopp’s most important players. He was brilliant in the holding midfield role on Sunday against some of the best midfielders in world football. However it was a rocky start from Can as he took a while to get a grip on the game. City looked to spread the ball into the wide positions to attack the more forward-thinking Milner and Nathaniel Clyne. As the game progressed the versatile midfielder wised up and began to help close down the City wingers to help stop the early glut of crosses put into Simon Mignolet’s box.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds are ready to make a move for this £35million-rated Serie A ace.