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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has identified a key area of Liverpool’s game that has directly contributed to their decline in form.
The Reds sat atop the Premier League on Christmas Day but now faces a battle to stay in the top four.
Last season’s champions have only won two of their last 10 games, a streak that includes five losses. Furthermore, three of them have come in succession, against Brighton, Man City and Leicester.
But apart from the last two weeks amid mistakes by Alisson Becker and Ozan Kabak, Jurgen Klopp’s defense has proven to be quite stable.
In fact, it is above where Liverpool have had more problems. While he has scored nine goals in his last 10, he has failed to score in five of them.
As such, Guardiola has pointed to such a lack of goals as a key issue in Liverpool’s form.
“In the pits they are not as clinical as before, but the quality of his team is still there,” the technician told reporters (via Daily mirror) after his team’s 3-0 defeat over Tottenham.
“As a spectator, I always enjoy watching Liverpool. “
On the other side City started the season in a depression of its own. However, they have now stormed the top after 10 straight wins, conceding just two goals in that time.
They started the season looking like last season’s troubles had dragged on. The 5-2 loss to Leicester in September is one of those results that showed their discomfort.
However, they have changed their season, starting with a 1-0 win over Southampton on December 19.
Guardiola has revealed how the key results, the loss to Tottenham and the 1-1 draw with West Brom on December 15, proved to be the turning points in his team’s fortunes.
Guardiola reveals crucial conversations with City staff
“It wasn’t specifically that [Spurs] game, “he told the Manchester evening news. “It was after the game against West Bromwich.
“We could have won, because we had two incredible chances at the end, but after that game, I felt like this is not the team I recognize. I didn’t like what I saw. I didn’t like what I saw.
“We spoke with Juanma, with Rodo with Manel, with Txiki.
“And we said we had to go back to our first beginning and we started to rebuild the team from that point: who we are as a team, our positional play, moving the ball faster, making more passes, staying more in position, running less with the ball. ball, do it together.
“We don’t have a specific player to win games, so we had to do it together.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola offered a stern reaction to a player’s performance in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Spurs.