Manchester City could only manage a 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield in a classic Premier League encounter while Phil Foden was sensational throughout the contest
Phil Foden put on an absolute display against Liverpool on Sunday in a classic Premier League clash.
The England international’s talent is now undisputed but this weekend felt like a real statement from the 21-year-old – asserting himself as one of the best players in the division.
Manchester City are looking to defend their crown this season and much will depend on Foden’s prowess.
But that is in stark contrast to one player that arrived at the Etihad over the summer – Jack Grealish.
The former Aston Villa star joined for a club-record £100m amid a much-publicised transfer saga.
The Englishman has had some real moments of quality already – including a sensational strike in the Champions League against RB Leipzig.
However, Grealish had a real torrid time against Liverpool and could not get into the match.
So much so, that Pep Guardiola even deployed the winger deeper and put Foden in his position – where he was incredible.
The youngster scored a fine goal and also set up Kevin de Bruyne to earn his side a point.
And while Grealish set City back £100m – Foden did not cost a penny and proves how investing in the academy can pay off massively in the long run.
There is one player that Pep Guardiola could have done with signing in the summer transfer window, a striker by the name of Harry Kane.
The player wanted the move, the manager wanted the move but Tottenham ultimately said no and he stayed – but how things could be different if City used the £100m from Grealish instead.
The Etihad outfit have plenty of creators, De Bruyne, Foden, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez to name a few, what they need is someone on the end of those chances.
Kane has failed to hit the target for Tottenham so far in the Premier League and it is hard to deny that the summer saga must have had an impact.
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If the England captain was draped in the light blue of Manchester, who knows how many he would have scored by now.
With the likes of De Bruyne, Silva and Foden supplying the 28-year-old, it would be hard to imagine him not having a decent chance of scoring against Liverpool on Sunday.
City have already dropped points against Spurs and Southampton – two matches Grealish could have easily been the game-decider.
However, he was not – and someone like Kane might have been the real answer.