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Kompany reckons Man City don’t need to strengthen their defence

Vincent Kompany says that Manchester City do not need to strengthen their defence ahead of the January transfer window.

The Premier League champions have been left short of defensive cover this season following a long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte, while the club also failed to replace former club captain Kompany after he left for Anderlecht during the summer.

Midfielder Fernandinho has deputised in central defence this season, with neither recognised centre-backs John Stones or Nicolas Otamendi having convinced manager Pep Guardiola as a pair.

The club’s lack of options has seen them exposed at times this season, in particular during Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at title rivals Liverpool which left the club nine points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.

Despite their defeat on Merseyside, Kompany has questioned the club’s need to sign additional cover and says the best form of defence is to attack as the club look to rediscover their best performances.

“I don’t think they need to sign another defender,” Kompany told Sky Sports.

“We always struggle at Anfield. I said that on Super Sunday, you’re fighting 25 years of not winning at Anfield and that’s difficult, it’s two games in one game – you’re playing a great team and you’re fighting history.

“Flip it around and the same will happen for Liverpool – they will fight the history of not winning the league for 30 years.

“That should be to City’s advantage I still think. As to the defence, the best way for City to defend in the past has been to attack. They have no reason to change that.

“As soon as they start reconnecting with the best performances, I’m convinced that we can see a sustainable amount of wins.”

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