Last Saturday evening, Manchester City went in at half-time with the score still 0-0 against Watford. Liverpool’s staff, players and fans worldwide will have watched on with the hope that Javi Gracia’s Hornets were going to do the unthinkable and prevent City from taking all three points.
A second-half hat-trick from the brilliant Raheem Sterling changed all of that. Yet, it could all have been so different.
Ben Foster and the Watford back four had frustrated City in the first period. If they had held out for even ten minutes after the interval, who knows what may have transpired?
The first goal should not have stood. Sterling was offside from Sergio Aguero‘s knock on. As soon as City’s number seven moves for the ball he is interfering with play. The whistle should have been gone before the Watford defender got a foot on it.