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14:20  12 november  2019
14:20  12 november  2019 Source:   goal.com

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(Reuters) – Manchester City ’s defensive resources have been stretched thin this season but former captain Vincent Kompany says they do not need to sign another defender in January to get their Premier League title defence back on track. City did not move to replace central defender Kompany

Soccer Football - Anderlecht - Vincent Kompany Press Conference - Neerpede Training Center, Brussels, Belgium - June 25, 2019  Anderlecht Player-Coach Vincent Kompany during the press conference  REUTERS/Yves Herman © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Anderlecht - Vincent Kompany Press Conference - Neerpede Training Center, Brussels, Belgium - June 25, 2019 Anderlecht Player-Coach Vincent Kompany during the press conference REUTERS/Yves Herman Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has warned Pep Guardiola not to buy a new defender in January.

City opted not to sign a replacement when Kompany left at the end of last season and Aymeric Laporte is not expected to return for at least another two months after sustaining a knee injury in September.

a close up of Nicolas Otamendi in a blue shirt: Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi © Getty Images Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi Guardiola has been left with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi as his only two senior centre-backs and has been forced to deploy Fernandinho in the role at times this season.

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Since Kompany 's departure, City have lost Aymeric Laporte to a long-term injury, leaving the club with two recognised senior centre-backs in the squad - Nicolas 'We always struggle at Anfield': Vincent Kompany insists Manchester City do not need to sign another defender in the wake of Liverpool loss.

Manchester City will hold a board meeting in Abu Dhabi at the weekend, with the chairman ready to sanction the buying of a central defender in January . • Pep Guardiola may be forced into transfer market by Vincent Kompany ’s injury • Belgian’s absence compounds problems in City ’s defence .

City have looked shaky defensively in recent weeks, keeping only one clean sheet in six games in all competitions, and their concerns at the back were laid bare in Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany during the trophy parade in Manchester. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Manchester City's Vincent Kompany during the trophy parade in Manchester. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images) Kompany, though, does not think the solution is to spend big money on a reinforcement in the transfer window.

"I don't think they need to sign another defender," he told Sky Sports.

"We always struggle at Anfield. I said that on Super Sunday: you're fighting 25 years of not winning at Anfield and that's difficult, it's two games in one game - you're playing a great team and you're fighting history.

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MANCHESTER CITY could sacrifice selling Leroy Sane to sign a new central defender in January , according to reports. Midfielder Fernandinho has been used by a makeshift central defender and the failure to replace Vincent Kompany in the summer is appearing to prove costly.

Virgil van Dijk has been phenomenal since he moved to Liverpool last January The Dutchman has better defensive stats than any Manchester City defender City ended up signing French centre back Aymeric Laporte last January for a fee of £57m from

"Flip it around and the same will happen for Liverpool - they will fight the history of not winning the league for 30 years.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Manchester City - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 10, 2019  Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts  Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Manchester City - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 10, 2019 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. "That should be to City's advantage I still think. As to the defence, the best way for City to defend in the past has been to attack. They have no reason to change that.

"As soon as they start reconnecting with the best performances, I'm convinced that we can see a sustainable amount of wins."

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Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany to join Sky Sports' big-name studio pundits on Super Sunday ahead of his former side's Premier League match 'Liverpool against Manchester City is one of the showpiece fixtures of the season and we can't wait to have Vincent as part of our expert team.'

Manchester City 's defensive issues were laid bare in defeat against Liverpool. It is possible to City cannot wait to get Laporte back, and do not have someone like Kompany to call on in the meantime. Maybe City will look to fix this problem in the transfer market. Whether they do that in January or wait

The defeat, which leaves City nine points behind Liverpool in the table, was not without its controversy.

The opening goal from Fabinho was allowed to stand despite the ball having struck the arm of Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Liverpool box seconds earlier, with VAR backing referee Michael Oliver's decision not to give City a penalty.

BRUGGE, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 22: Sieben Dewaele of Anderlecht and Vincent Kompany of Anderlecht during the Jupiler Pro League match between Club Brugge KV and RSC Anderlecht at Jan Breydel Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images) © 2019 Isosport/MB Media BRUGGE, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 22: Sieben Dewaele of Anderlecht and Vincent Kompany of Anderlecht during the Jupiler Pro League match between Club Brugge KV and RSC Anderlecht at Jan Breydel Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images) "The incident happens and I'm confused," Kompany said. "That's the problem. I'm confused. I'm thinking 'okay, I'm not the expert in everything'. Then I look to my right at Jose Mourinho, Roy Keane and Graeme Souness. We're all confused.

"Surely that says something about the process, the fact that this could still be for debate when there's a VAR system that is meant to make football simpler and fairer?

"[The] goal happens 20 seconds later. My feeling remains that although Liverpool were great, and both teams tried to play the way they are known to play, I felt this first decision was so important to get right."

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