With the Premier League title already won, the Spaniard turned to his third-choice goalkeeper, currently on loan from Derby County, as the 35-year-old made his first appearance in England since leaving West Brom in 2011. .
Carson is currently the only member of the City squad to boast a Champions League winner’s medal, having been part of the Liverpool squad that won the trophy in 2005, although that could change when Guardiola’s men face Chelsea in the final later this month.
And with an eye on that flagship opportunity, the City boss took rested top pick Ederson and reserve Zach Steffen as he took the opportunity to give the former England international the first appearance in his two-year stint at the Etihad.
Liverpool could have found themselves in a similar situation last season after winning the Premier League title with seven games to go.
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However, first-choice Alisson retained his place ahead of Adrian, Caoimhin Kelleher and Andy Lonergan for the remainder of the season.
And after being signed to provide cover, the same as Carson at City, Lonergan was not disappointed that Jurgen Klopp never took the opportunity to make his Premier League debut.
“People kept telling me, ‘Do you want to have a game?’,” He told ECHO last year. “I was thinking ‘Blooming hell, there are three guards in front of me!’ This is not a charity, the gaffer plays his best players. It’s never been on my mind at all, you can’t just give appearances.
While Lonergan left Liverpool without ever making a Premier League appearance, he was awarded a Premier League winner’s medal by his manager.
But even then, the veteran admitted to being a bit embarrassed while appreciating Klopp’s gesture.
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“Winning the league is something I owe to my name now, even if I don’t kick a ball,” he said. “It sounds good. It’s a great experience and I’m quite proud of it.
“He (Jurgen Klopp) gave me one (a winner’s medal). He gave me one in the locker room. Glad to have one and I’m happy with the way he did it because to have one on stage would have been embarrassing, it really would have been!
“I didn’t expect it at all, even after his comments. I didn’t expect to have one. He walked up to me and said, “There you are, you deserve it. It’s a really great moment.