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‘Magical Mahrez’ excites Goater

HATS OFF TO RIYAD: Mahrez celebrates after completing his hat-trick
Shaun Goater believes Riyad Mahrez is at the very top of his game.

The Algerian winger showed some sublime touches in the 2-0 victory over Burnley and was a constant threat to the Clarets’ defence.

He was also involved in City’s second goal and was unlucky to see a late goal disallowed by VAR in a display that pushed man of the match Ilkay Gundogan close.

And former City terrace hero Goater reckons the Algeria skipper is getting better as the season progresses.

“When Pep rotates, players come in and there is absolute quality in abundance,” said Goater on last night’s We’re Not Really Here match show.

Mahrez excites me, you know he wants to go on his left, but you don't know when!

He has a magical left foot. It important to open up defences that are compact and with Mahrez, there is always that likelihood,

 “He is pure quality. I’m excited to see these players produce quality, make no mistake it isn’t easy to do what they do every three or four days, but these guys play at a high level.

“We had to be on our game because Burnley made it tough and compact, but we were.

“And with Ilkay Gundogan ghosting up and down the pitch - I love him – always looking to get Mahrez in the game, it’s looking really good for us.”

Goater also believes City can kick on again with some huge games coming up.

“The confidence we have, I can’t see teams catching us if we keep playing as we are.

“You look at other teams and think could they go unbeaten?

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“But City have done it before. Clean sheets, creativity and goals scored so Pep will be a happy man.

“With the momentum and style we are going with at the moment, Sunday should be a great game.

“Yes Liverpool have shown flashes of form lately, but it’s going to be an awesome game with the two great managers going head-to-head together again.”

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