Perhaps an indication of the shape of things to come, perhaps just a quiet window for Roberto Mancini. But Manchester City were one of only 4 Barclays Premier League sides to come out of last month’s transfer activity in the black.
Just one man in, Godsway Donyoh from the Right To Dream Acadamy. Then 4 were loaned out and some bloke called Mario Balotelli was sold to AC Milan for £22m. Liverpool’s net spend was £22.5m. Sturridge and Coutinho in, 6 out on loans etc.
Form wise it has to be said that Manchester City appear relatively unassailable. In their last 6 games have they have only failed to win twice. They were defeated by an out of character but excellent goal from Adam Johnson on Boxing Day and curiously held to a 0-0 draw by relegation fodder QPR.
Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Rekik, Clichy, Kolarov, Garcia, Rodwell, Barry, Milner, Nasri, Sinclair, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko, Aguero, Lopes.
Liverpool squad: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Sturridge, Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Allen, Shelvey, Sterling, Borini, Coates, Suso.
Liverpool could win today, of course they could. But that would perhaps be conditional upon City having and off day and Brendan Rodgers getting 100% from every single player. And we already know that Brendon has 3 names in his 3 envelopes…