Latest Football News From Manchester: Pep Guardiola gives verdict on Erling Haaland for Man City vs Liverpool FC

Haaland forced one save from Adrian and had a goal ruled out in the second half because the ball had already gone out before Phil Foden flicked it back to him, but blazed over from a few yards at the end of the match. In contrast, Liverpool new boy Darwin Nunez came off the bench to earn a penalty and scored their third goal.

While social media was instantly ablaze with Haaland's miss (as it was when Nunez missed against United a few weeks ago in a summer friendly), Guardiola had no issue with how City's No.9 performed against Liverpool. The manager pointed to his new forward's goal against Bayern Munich as an example of how quickly opinions can change.

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“He had chances – two or three in the first half and one at the end,” said Guardiola. “Always he was there. He fought a lot and made the movements.

“It is good for him to see the reality in a new country and a new league but he was there. He didn't score. He has incredible quality and he will do it.

“When Erling Haaland scored in the States everyone talked about how impressive he was. He was there and had the chances – nothing changes. He's strong. Another time he will put it in the net. It's football.

“He was there. He had another goal disallowed because the ball was out so he has this talent and he will do it. It's good to understand sometimes the situation to know what we have to do.

“I'm not concerned or worried about that. I'd have been happy to win and him score goals but the reality is we have 11 months ahead of us that are so intense – with the World Cup we play every three days – and he is going to help us. “

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