Fabinho produced a fabulous opening goal as Liverpool hosted Manchester City on Sunday, but Gary Neville insists that goalkeeper Claudio Bravo should have saved it.
The Brazilian midfielder, who is not known for his goal-scoring, fired in a superb strike from long range just six minutes into the Premier League contest at Anfield.
After a poor clearance from the City defence, the ball fell to Fabinho who unleashed a powerful drive into the corner of the goal, with a diving Bravo unable to reach it.
It was a cracking goal from the 26-year-old but Neville picked fault with the goalkeeper, despite it looking like he could do very little about the strike.
‘I am harsh on goalkeepers but I don’t think that should go in,’ Neville said on commentary for Sky Sports.
‘It’s a great strike but a top goalkeeper saves it.’
Bravo is only playing in the match due to an injury to regular first team goalkeeper Ederson, who was substituted at half-time of their Champions League tie in Atalanta on Wednesday.
Neville’s criticism did not end with the goalkeeper, though, as he blasted the City defence and says Pep Guardiola has found it impossible to deal with the injury to Aymeric Laporte.
‘It doesn’t matter how well you play football, if you can’t defend, you’re going to lose football matches,’ continued Neville. ‘This Manchester City defence cannot defend.
‘He’s exasperated Pep Guardiola, the realisation is, his team are not good enough at the back.
‘He’s always been able to fill voids, and come up with innovative ways to cover for injury losses, but this time it seems too much for him, to deal with the loss of Laporte.
‘I wonder if he’d gone to three at the back because Stones and Otamendi don’t work in big games, Stones and Fernandinho are not working in big games.
‘Every time Liverpool attack that Manchester City back four look desperate in what they do, it’s last gasp.’
Jamie Carragher was also happy to put the boot in on a struggling City side as they went 2-0 behind to Liverpool, singling out Angelino who was starting at left-back for the Premier League champions.
‘He’s all over the place, the left-back for Man City, positional play is all wrong,’ said the Liverpool hero.
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