Central defender Laporte was the first to depart, replaced by Vincent Kompany, but the real blow for City would be if Fernandinho was injured for a sustained period of time.
They have struggled in the Brazilian’s absence before this season and have not got a like-for-like replacement, unlike at centre-back, where they have ample alternatives.
Danilo replaced Fernandinho in the cup final, but he is a right-back normally and would not be a perfect replacement should City’s key man miss any of their next few matches.
It just goes to show that there is a long way to go in the race for the Premier League title – the Reds dropped points today, and may well do so again in the run-in, but so will City. The Reds are a point ahead of them regardless.
Pep Guardiola’s side host West Ham United on Wednesday, and then face Bournemouth away next weekend.