Here’s why Foden was named as game charger
Phil Foden may have idolized James Milner growing up as a Manchester City fan, but he showed him little mercy when they faced each other at Anfield.
They embraced warmly at full-time, Milner smiling in relief,
Having watched the final 15 minutes from the bench rather than be tasked with trying to stop the virtually unstoppable.
Milner is always a safe pair of hands – a solid professional that has never let Liverpool down
Or City for that matter in his five years at the Etihad Stadium.
But in Foden, he came up against an attacker who is as fearless as he is skillful.
Milner could be thankful that he hadn’t done more damage.
He crept around the back of his marker to steer in City’s first equalizer but he had threatened more danger.
A first-half foul by Milner that Foden believed was a penalty was waved away
“I respect [Milner] as a player, I used to watch him in the academy when he was at City,” Foden said
“He was a great opponent to play against today, very physical and experienced,”
“I was a bit frustrated missing chances in the first half”
“so when I got the next chance I thought I would put my foot through it and try something different and it paid off.”
Still 21 until the end of the season, Foden is showing the maturity to lead City’s challenge.
He was then back at left-winger, making the direct run that led to De Bruyne’s second equalizer.
It shows the growing trust of Guardiola; he believes Foden can affect the game from a variety of positions
“Phil is a special player, we know it,” Guardiola said at full-time, more wanting to emphasize his team’s performance.
The City boss had celebrated the point enthusiastically with the away fans at full-time
He has a squad full of spirit and togetherness that stayed strong against Liverpool when they may well have buckled in the past.
And in Foden, he has a player capable of delivering that moment of magic just when he needs it.