16 Oct Stephen Warnock fears for Manchester City without former captain Vincent Kompany
Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock says he is worried about Manchester City’s defence, describing some of the players as”not powerful enough.”
As Norwich beat them 3-2 at Carrow Road, city suffered their first defeat of the season.
They were following knee surgery, Aymeric Laporte who’ll overlook five to six months.
Warnock told Sky Sports News:”You look at Manchester City’s seat at the back, it is not strong enough and defences win you titles.
“The players that Liverpool have got to come into their attack will win them matches, they are more than capable of accomplishing goals.
“Therefore I fear for Manchester City, I stressed that [Vincent] Kompany leaving would be a significant loss to them, not just on the pitch but in and about the training ground, the mentality and understanding he has.
“He did not play lots of games for City, but it was the games when he was needed.”
City’s shock defeat to Norwich has made them five points behind Liverpool and Warnock is impressed with the power of Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“Everyone always says, if Liverpool lose among their front three, they are in big trouble since they won’t score goals. I consider it the other way round.
“I think Liverpool’s cover in defence – they have got [Dejan] Lovren, they’ve got [Joe] Gomez – who are sat on the bench that aren’t playing and who are capable of playing in the first team quite effortlessly.”
His supervisor Pep Guardiola dismissed suggestions his side have a weakness in their defence, although john Stones and Nicolas Otamendi started the match against Norwich.
He told Sky Sports after the defeat:”it is a venture that has played a lot. We’ve got Fernandinho and Rodri that will perform there in different scenarios and it is not a concern. Things happen.”