Man City’s era is finished – Liverpool hero

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester City’s current crop of players are “gone” and that it will cost the club a fortune to rebuild this summer.

The defending Premier League champions have been in free-fall over the course of the past few weeks, with yesterday’s humiliating 4-2 loss to bitter rivals Manchester City leaving them looking over their shoulders as they aim to stay in the top four.

The Citizens are now closer to fifth place than leaders Chelsea, which is a damning indictment of their slide as they were level with the London club at the top of the pile over the winter period.

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A number of the Sky Blues’ current stars are hovering around the 30-years-of-age mark, making the Citizens one of the oldest XIs in the division.

And ‘Carra’ – who retired in 2013 – feels that the club’s transfer bosses are responsible for the issues and that they’ll pay the price this summer with plenty of fresh talent needed to revive the team’s on-field fortunes:

“They’ve been a great team, but that team needs breaking up and changing.” He told talkSPORT. “The criticism I have is for the people at the top, to have that much money and to allow yourself to get into a situation where you might need five or six players to go straight into the team.

“You look at the age of the team and it’s too old, so you need a lot of new blood. It’s going to take a lot of money.

“It’s gone for them now, physically, mentally, every part of the game. They’ve been a great team and we should applaud what they’ve achieved over the past three or four years, but it’s the end for this team now. It’s got to be broken up.”