Guardiola urges City to learn from Anfield pain

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It was a ruthless performance from the Argentina striker, whose future at the club had come under scrutiny this term amid rumours of a falling-out with Guardiola and City's pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.

"We have him [Aguero] and, in two or three weeks, Gabriel is back". We head there expecting to get a result. To buy a striker who can only play there, that is not going to happen.

"[Raheem] Sterling did the same, three or four times attacking central defenders".

Reports suggest United are prepared to pay the 29-year-old in the region of £500,000 per week in wages and other related bonuses, with the move set to cost in the region of £30m along with agents fees. He showed me that he can handle that pressure without problems.

"He suffered in the first six months of last season but in the last six months and this season he is playing at a high, high level", Guardiola told reporters when discussing Sane's development since joining City from Schalke for a reported £37million in September 2017.

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But Guardiola says he understands why clubs spend so heavily particularly after his near-£200m outlay in the summer to overhaul the City squad.

The assist made the German, who turned 22 on January 11, the first under-23 player to reach 10 league assists in Europe's top five leagues this season, a stunning accomplishment for a player who has to contend with the likes of David Silva and De Bruyne for creativity in the City team. Never did I not see it this season and that is why I am so proud to be their manager.

Guardiola added that left-back Fabian Delph will be out "for a while" with a knee injury, while captain Vincent Kompany is unlikely to play against Newcastle on Saturday as he recovers from a calf strain. It was clear from his line-up - one bank of four nearly sat on a bank of five - that no-one, his former player Jamie Carragher included, was going to shame him into altering his ultra-cautious blueprint, especially at the Etihad Stadium where City had not lost for approaching 14 months.

"Now we must be positive, analyse why we lost and look to the game against Newcastle", said Guardiola.

Still without a league victory this year, Chelsea must win on the south coast if they're to keep alive their very thin hopes of catching City.

The mood of the club's fan base will be frustrated by the latest news and, though the players will be spared having to play in front of a potentially toxic atmosphere at home, their loyal travelling fans will make their unhappiness clear if events turn sour on the pitch. You need to be fearless, you need to play football. "Hopefully it will be less, but it is what it is". It is what it is.

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