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Benjamin Mendy left out of Man City squad for Liverpool clash due to tactical reasons

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Benjamin Mendy has not even made it onto the substitutes’ bench for Manchester City at Liverpool on Sunday afternoon as Pep Guardiola opts for Angelino at left-back.

The Frenchman and the Spaniard have been competing for the left-back slot since Oleksandr Zinchenko underwent knee surgery last month.

Mendy started in the Champions League clash with Atalanta on Wednesday, while Angelino started the last Premier League game, at home to Southampton last weekend.

It is the Spanish star that has got the nod for the huge trip to Anfield on Sunday and Mendy has not even made it into the squad.

The Manchester Evening News reports that there is no injury to Mendy, he has simply been left out by Guardiola due to ‘tactical reasons.’

The exact nature of those reasons are yet to be known, although Guardiola clearly has full faith in the 22-year-old who he signed from PSV Eindhoven over the summer.

The young defender originally joined City from Deportivo La Coruna in 2012, but did not make a league appearance for the club, with four loan spells before leaving for PSV in 2018.

However, an impressive season in Holland saw the Premier League champions re-sign him for around £10m in the last transfer window and he has already made three Premier League appearances, despite the competition with Mendy and Zinchenko.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted before the game that it was something of a surprise that Mendy was not in the squad at all, when questioned on Guardiola’s team selection.

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