​Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has voiced his belief that Manchester City are now paying the price for allowing goalkeeper Joe Hart to leave on loan for the season, in the wake of a devastating 2-1 loss to Chelsea.

Guardiola elected to replace Hart - who had been at Manchester City for nine seasons, serving as the club's number one for the majority of his time at the Etihad - with former Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo.

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However, the Chilean, who was signed for a reported fee of £17m last summer, has largely failed to live up to expectations and has been ousted by 35-year-old Willy Caballero.

The Argentine has also come under fire for his patchy form, which came to a head in City's crushing loss to Chelsea when he parried Eden Hazard's penalty directly into the Belgian's path, allowing him to score the rebound.

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“You need a world class goalkeeper, Chelsea have one and Manchester City don’t,” Gerrard said on BT Sport (h/t Squawka).

“Any goalkeeper that this level will be unhappy parrying that back to Hazard from the penalty.

“He’s [Guardiola] obviously got no faith in Joe, he doesn’t rate Joe. He’s got more faith in Bravo and Caballero and he didn’t even give Joe a chance.


“I don’t rate those two. He’s probably performed better than the two City keepers at the moment.”

Various reports indicate that Guardiola has identified City's goalkeeper as a position that requires recruitment in the transfer window, meaning that any of Hart, Bravo and Caballero's days at the club could all be numbered.