They say form is temporary and class is permanent. This saying can be associated with City’s defensive midfield rock in Fernandinho as the blues earned a well-earned point at Anfield on Sunday.
After shipping seven goals in their two previous visits at Liverpool already, a clean sheet and solid defensive performance would have been welcomed to all involved in the coaching at the Etihad.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte continued to impress at the back, keeping all of Liverpool’a front three quiet in attack and restricting the home side to very few shots on goal.
Yet the presence of Fernandinho in midfield could only bolster the young centre backs confidence as ‘Ferna’, so often left out when City are praised, was excellent and left fans wondering just how long the Brazilian can go on for in City’s midfield three.
After being exposed for pace in the defeat at Lyon in September, the Brazilian was superb in preventing the reds supplying the ball out wide to either Mo Salah or Sadio Mane.
Some pundits suggested he might struggle on his own to cope with the strength of Liverpool’s attack. The fact Ilkay Gundogan was unable to play through injury left some worried Fernandinho couldn’t cope on his own. He answered those critics with ease as Liverpool had so little chances through open play.
With testing games against Tottenham and Man United to come, Fernandinho will have to show form similar to that at Anfield. The fact he’s 33 now could cause some worry but as he proved to great effect last Sunday; Age is just a number.