Manchester City suffered the consequences of not signing a striker this summer as Pep Guardiola's side were held to a goalless draw by Southampton.

The Saints made things difficult for City in the early stages before Ralph Hasenhüttl's side dropped deeper in the second half and started to concede chances, but the home side failed to find a breakthrough.

Ferran Torres, who has enjoyed leading the line for City of late, was replaced in the starting XI by Raheem Sterling.

The England international spearheaded his side's attack but struggled to match the performances levels Torres has shown of late.

Sterling was eventually shifted back to the right-wing as Gabriel Jesus moved into the centre, but neither were able to notch a winning goal for the home side.

City's lack of guile in the final third against Southampton will no doubt irritate Guardiola given his failed attempt to sign Harry Kane in the summer, though could there be more to his decision to drop Torres than just affording the youngster a rest?

Alex Brotherton, the City Is Ours writer and presenter, spoke to Ross Jackson, our content editor, on the MEN Facebook Live stream to discuss City's rued endeavours in the final third and where it all went wrong.

Brotherton kickstarted the discussion by noting Torres' absence from the starting XI as Sterling started up front.

Ferran Torres has issued a stern warning ahead of Manchester City's clash with RB Leipzig.
Ferran Torres has been leading the line for City this season

AB: "Sterling will admit himself he didn't have the best of games. I think he did offer something at times but playing in the central role in the first half he didn't really have much joy. He played a few nice passes laying runners through, he set up Bernardo Silva who almost scored."

Our City is Ours writer and presenter then asked Jackson whether Torres' absence was a ploy by Guardiola to send a message to the board pleading for a new striker, especially after their failed pursuit of Kane.

RJ: "I do think so, yeah. You can often look into decisions that managers make too much at times but in my view as soon as I saw the lineup I thought to myself 'did Torres really deserve to be dropped after the Leipzig game?'. I don't think so.

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"The times [Torres] has played up front this season he has looked brilliant. I do wonder that by playing Sterling up front is Pep saying 'look, this is my only other option', because he obviously fancies Jesus as a winger rather than a striker, so his only option if he doesn't play Torres striker, is Sterling.

"I do wonder if it is Pep saying, 'next summer, let's go and get a centre forward'."

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