'It was a half joke!' - Pep Guardiola hints Ederson is next in line for Manchester City penalty duty
Manchester City beat Liverpool 4-1 in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday, but they squandered an early chance to take the lead when Ilkay Gundogan fired a penalty high into the Kop. It did not prove a problem, but manager Pep Guardiola has food for thought on who is on spot kick duty - with Ederson in the frame.
Ederson of Manchester City kicks the ball, Manchester City v Sheffield United, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, January 30, 2021
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Guardiola's side have missed three of the six penalties they have been awarded this term, and Ederson could be the next cab off the rank.
"It's a problem that we have," Guardiola said of his side's penalty record. "In important moments we cannot miss it, and it doesn't matter the taker.
"Again, I'm going to think about Ederson, he might be the taker next time.
“When I said it, it was a half joke! When I commented on this six months ago and it was a joke - now it is a half joke.”
The win - their 14th on the spin in all competitions - moved City five points clear of Manchester United, and ten ahead of Liverpool, but Guardiola is not taking anything for granted.
He said: “Today we will celebrate, but tomorrow our feet will be on the grass again. In February no one is champions. I can not predict the future all I can predict is work and work.
"I am so grateful to my players but this is now the past, we have done brilliantly so I cannot deny how happy we are. But we are in February. For Manchester City, three points and to come here and finally win, it's very important."