Editor’s Column: Pep Guardiola is embarrassing himself by adding Grealish and Kane to the best squad on the planet

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Manchester City are already brilliant. And despite being a huge Liverpool fan, who utterly despises their club, it’s not hard to admit that.

Look at the football they play. Look at the what they’ve won. Look at their team!

But it almost makes a mockery of it all that this relentless winning machine is set to add Jack Grealish for £100m (any day now) and Harry Kane for £150m (by the end of the window, you can be certain) to their already ludicrous roster.

Bearing in mind, City registered a financial yearly loss of £126m this year – and still have the audacity to imminently shell out another £250m before selling any of the plethora of world-class options at their current disposal.

It’s got a touch of when Bayern Munich bullied their way to Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund, the only team who got near them at the time. It made many scoff at the Bundesliga, and rightly so.

You’re already really, really good – why do you have to be so greedy?

Well, it starts with the manager, Pep Guardiola. He is so trusted by the powers that be at the Etihad that his word on comings and goings, especially any monster deal, will have been entirely crucial.

Here’s what he said on such things back in 2009, when he was at Barcelona creating the best club side of all time through the exceptional La Masia stars and his tactical genius:

Modern football sometimes makes me sad. Nowadays there can be more focus on big-name signings rather than promoting youth and that makes me sad. Why buy a striker for £50 million when there is one waiting in the youth team?”

He’s changed a bit, hasn’t he…?

Football has moved on since then, and I’m not going to entirely hold this sentence against him, especially considering Jurgen Klopp once made a not dissimilar comment about the immorality of £80m footballers before going on to buy Virgil van Dijk…

But another Guardiola soundbite came but just a few months back, and is unforgivable:

“At the prices (quoted) we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it. All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel (Jesus) and Ferran (Torres) who have been incredible in this position. We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine. There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.”

The cheek of it!

All clubs are ‘struggling financially’….. except the one whose books are cooked and has money siphoned into it via the petro-owner’s unlimited state wealth – via absurdly unrealistic but somehow unpunished sponsorship deals.

But I’m not even mad (right now) about the non-existent Financial Fair Play rules Liverpool thought they were adhering to – or even Pep’s hypocrisy.

It’s just all a bit… shit, isn’t it?

Guardiola is, as mentioned, a genius. For 12 years or so, his teams have played the consistently best football of any other in history, counting for longevity. His tactics have redefined the game. Those who state he is only good because of his soon-to-be billion pound spend at City are entirely wrong. He’s incredible, which makes the side who cantered to the title spending £250m on two players, under his watch, so grim and unnecessary.

What’s funny is I’m not even sure Grealish gets in the team. Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden would be currently ahead of him in the running for two wing-spots either side of Kane, right…?

City fans will read this and cry jealousy. And don’t get me wrong, there is part of me which would absolutely love the excitement of Liverpool adding superstars right now. This summer’s transfer saga has revolved around securing over £12m for Xherdan Shaqiri, which doesn’t really get you quite as excited…

But an Aston Villa fan said it best (and probably most inappropriately) on Twitter, when he said, ‘Winning trophies with City is like losing your virginity to a prostitute’.

A friend of mine, said glumly, that it just feels ‘a bit like cheating’. Or maybe playing a computer game on easy mode. You never get the same satisfaction out of winning, do you? Perhaps the handful of fans who gather outside of City’s stadium every time they win something is testament to that.

But what can we do? I could get irate via a column or simply enjoy it tenfold when our time arrives again. And if we get very good luck with injuries, and a far better hand from the officials this time around – I still think we can give them – the champions who are spending £250m on two players – a right good go.

Winning the title this season, given City’s impending arrivals, would be even sweeter than the one that broke the 30-year duck. Don’t get me wrong: they’re favourites. They have a better squad. But our starting XIs are pretty close and when a Jurgen Klopp side gets on a roll they’re hard to stop; especially this one.

And that would truly put to bed the argument about the best manager on the planet right now, wouldn’t it?


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  1. Wow, how obsessed are you, worry about your own team, it’s hilarious, you pop up on news feeds always whining about us, concentrate on your bunch 😂😂 nice to know we’re resident in your head ….

  2. As a lifelong city fan I have been through the real tough times and now the good. I absolutely agree that buying players at 100mil or more is not the way football needs to go, however I would question whether Liverpool or other teams are forced into not buying the players the fans want.

    I think the difference here is that city and the owners want to run a business and can run at break even where required. Liverpool owners as many others want to make money. United are an example now that their fans want them out the owners are forced to put their hands in there pockets and spend money on players rather than take it from the fans and run.

    Football in general isn’t the working the way it was built (e.g. by the fans and for the fans)…..it’s very easy to blame these rich people for putting the fans, sponsorship and medal money back into the club but maybe it’s a template to follow rather than get mad about.

  3. As an Aussie rules follower (as well as being a Liverpool supporter) where we have salary caps and limits on players being able to swap clubs without trades being done, I find the English F.A. to be completely pathetic in allowing clubs like Man City & Chelsea to go out & spend whatever they like to try and buy the Premier League title like this, and they should restrict their spending!!!

  4. Talking about best manager on earth football wise, only a blind bat will not see what Klopp has done. Klopp’s style has no weakness when executed with perfection. Pep needs hi-tech players to the job done yet his tiki taka football has one major weakness – that of collapsing against teams that plays direct football. When every team finds out how effective directl football is effective against Pep’s tiki taka, he’ll be finished.

  5. Why is there so much bitterness about football?….I’ve been watching football at the ground since I was 2 (even though I can remember it at that age) only from when I got a season ticket from 7…..I enjoy going watching city but I also enjoy the passion and football klopp brought to Liverpool….given the covid and all that it will be good to get football and fans back again….in terms of ownership there are two ways to look at it…..your owners want to put back into the club and the community …..or….your owners have a business and want to make money and take it out

  6. Say what????? OMG, so just to be clear here, you DID see Clipperty last season didn’t you? You did see game after game after game after game after, think I get it!!!! He was lost, useless, you lost over and over and he didn’t have a game B,C,D,E anything. You fans battered him calling for him to open his eyes and change. Unbelievable

  7. Do you think liverfool will make it into the top four next year? NAH!! Lol. Come on CITY SEE YA

  8. Do yourself a favour and delete this drivel, klopp has spent his money and lots of it, and it’s been a disaster, he cant win domestic cups and continues to blame global warming and opposition grass a slating for inept performance’s… give your head a wobble.

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