Legendary Liverpool defender gives advice to Manchester City star

Eliaquim Mangala

Mark Lawrenson has given reassurance over Eliaquim Mangala, whom he claims needs time to adjust to life in the Premier League from FC Porto.

A £32 million addition earlier in the summer, Eliaquim Mangala's dismal start to life in the Premier League has become one that is increasingly under the microscope but the Frenchman - touted one of the most gifted up-and-coming centre backs in world football during his time at FC Porto - has been given words of advice from legendary Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.

A 57-year-old pundit for the BBC, Lawrenson won it all during his time at Anfield as he collected five league titles, a hat-trick of League Cup winners' medals, an FA Cup triumph and a European Cup title in 1984.

Considering the level of intensity in the Portuguese league pales in comparison to what is witnessed in the top tier of English football on a week by week basis, Lawrenson has called for patience when assessing Mangala, 23.

"Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala looks like he should be the complete defender but he makes some strange decisions," said Lawrenson.

"That could be him having just arrived from Porto, where he probably only had half a dozen tough league games a season, but he needs to adjust to the intensity of the Premier League where any team can beat you and embarrass you."

Manchester City take on Manchester United on Sunday.

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