‘It’s not easy for him’ – Pep Guardiola gives verdict on performance of Man City star against Liverpool

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has given his verdict on John Stones performance in the 4-1 victory over Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Guardiola said: “It’s not easy for him. I thought when I arrived that he has the quality to play there.

“It is different when you see all the game in front of you.

“In that position he is surrounded from Henderson, Salah, Fabinho, Elliott, Gakpo.

“He is surrounded like a bubble. To play there is not really easy. You have to have a lot of personality.

“A lot may be difficult, but alongside Rodri and Nathan and Ruben, they helped us to understand the process.

“Our display was almost perfect from the first minute to 93 in the way we played against a team who was our biggest rival in the last few seasons.

“We always struggle to find a way to play in the quality they have, the way they press and against the transitions they have.

“All of them, start from Eddy, finish with Jack, were really good.”