Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Liverpool spent big after we raised the bar, says City boss Guardiola

Liverpool spent big after we raised the bar, says City boss Guardiola

The Egypt global, who was Liverpool's top scorer last season with 44 goals in 52 appearances across all competitions, suffered a shoulder injury in the club's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in May.

The 2017/18 season was an excellent one for Manchester City as a club, but a very distressing one for David Silva as his son Mateo was born prematurely. When we come back we have four or five days to prepare for [the Community Shield] against Chelsea and we are going to see their faces. But I'm 22 and I still have a lot of years to prepare.

"It will be huge experience for these guys to realise we can play against good teams". He is in that moment but he has absolutely no issues, I was not concerned about it otherwise he wouldn't have played.

"That is not the easiest situation for any manager, not just for me", Guardiola told Sky Sports News.

Wijnaldum, who had struggled with injury and illness in the first weeks of pre-season, was the only one of that quartet to start in a mixed side in New Jersey. Every team will try to do better and better.

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben scored against City
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben scored against City

"People always love me in England, it's been eight years - very successful years, and the football we've played has been very attractive".

Liverpool were trailing when he was introduced after German worldwide Leroy Sane, also behind some players in his preseason schedule, raced cleared of the Liverpool defence and confidently fired a shot under Caoimhin Kelleher for a 57th-minute opener. He has made a lot of big favours to me. So for them, it will be good for the future.

"He didn't arrive good", Guardiola said midway through September when he followed up that impressive performance against the Baggies with a man-of-the-match performance in the victory of Crystal Palace a week later.

'I said before the game, it's not that he has problems - he has no problems, ' the German coach said, according to the club's official website. And I don't get arrogant [and think] that I will be more successful than him.

Salah and Senegal forward Mane were both playing for the first time since their countries were knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage.

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