Sergio Agüero was on target again for Manchester City but it was perhaps the Argentinian forward’s misses that sparked greater debate in the wake of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Out of the title race and after Wednesday, eliminated from the Champions League too, City now have to ensure a top four finish and in that regard a point wasn’t the worst result.
Agüero timed his run to perfection to steer Kevin De Bruyne’s low cross past Simon Mignolet and cancel out James Milner’s earlier penalty but his injury time miss dropped Pep Guardiola to his knees and prompted renewed speculation on his City future.
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The goal was Agüero’s 25th of the season but arguably the 28-year-old could have had a hat-trick and Guardiola was asked about the striker’s profligacy.
“In my career I was a football player, I scored 11 goals. One goal a year,” Guardiola explained.
“Can you imagine the advice I say to Agüero and the other guys to score a goal? I don’t think so.”
That might be the case but the Spaniard did also bemoan the injury absence of Gabriel Jesus and if indeed the young Brazilian will be City’s first-choice centre forward, where will that leave Kun.
Pablo Zabaleta missed the clash with Liverpool after picking up a knock in training and is now a doubt for Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia in the coming week.