On Saturday afternoon, Manchester City asserted their dominance over Liverpool in a Premier League showdown.
Although Liverpool initially took the lead through Mohamed Salah’s goal in the 17th minute, Pep Guardiola’s side rallied back to win 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Julian Alvarez, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, and Jack Grealish all found the back of the net for City as they cruised to a comfortable victory.
John Stones’ vital role in Ilkay Gundogan’s goal goes viral
The standout goal of the match was Gundogan’s, which was made possible by the significant contribution of John Stones.
Throughout the game, Stones played an essential role, despite being a defender for the majority of his career.
Against Liverpool, he played as a midfielder, partnering with Rodri. Despite playing in an unfamiliar position, Stones put in a dominant performance throughout the match.
Stones’ exceptional playmaking abilities were on full display during Gundogan’s goal-scoring moment. He made several crucial contributions in the buildup to the goal, even receiving the ball in his own half and on the edge of Liverpool’s box.
Stones exhibited his composure on the ball and impressive passing skills on each occasion, which were pivotal in creating the opportunity for Gundogan to score.
A video showing his role in the goal has gone viral and you can view it below…
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Indeed, it was an impressive performance by the Englishman, who is known to be a defender but showcased his versatility by performing exceptionally as a midfielder.
Stones was quick to find spaces and demonstrated the poise and precision of a world-class playmaker with his impressive passing abilities.
His performance was a testament to his talent and adaptability, as well as his contribution to Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool.
Fans have been praising Stones for his role in the goal, with some fans even comparing him to the great Andrea Pirlo. View some reaction below…
John Stones: I want to play until I am 40
Stones said earlier this week that he wanted to keep playing for as long as he possibly can.
He said, per the Sun:“This is home for me now and has been for seven years — I would love to play here for as long as I can. I would even love to finish at 40 if I could.
“The time when I was out of the side was hard. I didn’t want to leave first and foremost. I didn’t want to give up.
“I’ve always been a fighter from when I had setbacks in age groups because they said I was too small.
“I wanted to stay true to myself and show — not anyone in particular, but myself — that I could do it. I believe I am here for a reason and I am good enough.
“That seems a while ago now but I’m really proud of myself for what I did and what I’m doing now.
“I’m trying to go from strength to strength. I want to achieve everything I can … trophies, make history.”