Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is of the opinion that Pep Guardiola might have a busier transfer window than what he previously expected at Manchester City.
Carragher, speaking in the aftermath of the Manchester derby, said: “This is a team who even last season we talked about as being a great team, with four or five world class players, who were just coming over the hill.”
He admitted that during the early stages of the season he actually thought City would be title contenders but the reality now couldn't be any more different.
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“The first four or five games it looked like they’d proved me wrong, I thought they’d go on and win the league.”
OLD IS NOT GOLD AT ETIHAD STADIUM
The Anfield legend also believes the current ageing squad will be a stumbling block in their pursuit of silverware.
“They have the oldest squad in the Premier League behind West Brom, now West Brom don’t play two games a week, they play once.
"This team haven’t got it in them, although they are great players you can see they haven’t got the legs, the energy in them now to keep going in all competitions throughout a season.”
Carragher insists the incoming Catalan boss might be having doubts regarding his initial judgement of the team and will require more quality reinforcements.
He added: “Pep Guardiola will be watching that today. I think he would have been thinking initially he needs three or four players. I think they might need seven or eight.”
The former England international blames the City hierarchy of total mismanagement which has resulted in a dismal season by their recent standards.
“The money they’ve spent, and how they can have an age profile like that, is probably mismanagement, perhaps from above Manuel Pellegrini. The world class players they have now don’t need replacing, but they need a lot more help.”
The Citizens lost the crucial derby against their Manchester rivals on Sunday that could have a huge telling in their quest of finishing in the top four.
City succumbed to their fourth loss in the last seven games in the English top flight since the announcement of Guardiola’s arrival next season and are now in serious danger of falling out of Champions League football.
Graeme Souness, who was also present during the match analysis, echoed Carragher's assessment but added that the timing of the managerial change has severely affected City’s form.
“There’s not a shadow of a doubt that it has impacted on their form. They have played seven, lost four, won two, and the two they’ve won were against Aston Villa and Sunderland.”
Manchester City are currently in fourth with 51 points but are being chased by West Ham, Manchester United and Southampton, separated by just four points.