Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero would be “put on a higher pedestal” if he played for Liverpool or Manchester United, according to Danny Murphy.
The Argentina international bagged a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 thrashing of Aston Villa on Sunday, making him the most prolific overseas player in Premier League history ahead of Thierry Henry.
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- Aguero joined Man City from Atletico Madrid for £35m in 2011.
- Since then, he’s scored almost 250 goals and won nine major honours.
- His hat-trick against Villa made him the Premier League’s most prolific overseas goalscorer.
- It also took him to 12 Premier League hat-tricks, beating Alan Shearer’s competition record of 11.
- But Murphy believes Aguero would get more appreciation if he played for Liverpool or Man United.
Aguero also moved past Alan Shearer as the player with the most hat-tricks in competition history but despite his various accolades, many feel the former Atletico Madrid man doesn’t quite get the praise he deserves — something Murphy believes is down to the club he plays for.
“I think we have taken him for granted. This isn’t a slant on Manchester City supporters, it’s more about the brand Man City and the club and the history, but is it because he plays for Man City?” the former Liverpool midfielder told talkSPORT.
“Would we be talking about him more and putting him on a higher pedestal if he played for Liverpool or Man United?
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“I think he’s been part of the Man City evolution where a lot of people have linked that to money. You are going to be a striker who scores goals if you are in a team who has all the best players, that flippant view.
“It doesn’t matter what team you are in or how good the players are, scoring goals is an art form. I think we have taken him for granted. Can we put him in the same breath as the likes of Henry or [Alan] Shearer?
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“Henry and Shearer, probably two of the best examples, the two greatest strikers we’ve seen in the Premier League, I think, they had the ability to lift the team on their own. They were the talisman for their teams. They grabbed games by the scruff of the neck when no one else in the team was.
“I know Henry became embroiled in a wonderful Arsenal team but he was still their main man. Arsenal without Henry were never as good.
“Do opposing fans think Aguero is up there with the likes of those? Or am I right that we don’t give him the credit he’s deserved?”
City’s win over Villa lifted them above Leicester City and into second place in the Premier League table.
Pep Guardiola’s men host Crystal Palace on Saturday.