With quality coaches like Guus Hiddink lurking, Mark Hughes must deliver fast for Manchester City

For most Premier League teams, a point away to Liverpool would constitute a job well done.

For Manchester City, mired in their current plight, it extended their depressing run to six successive Premier League draws.

In defending his team, Mark Hughes points to the fact City have lost just once in the Premier League all season, at Manchester United, a game from which they deserved a point.

Yet again, though, just as they did against Burnley and Fulham recently, City's defence crumbled at Anfield when they were winning and within sight of the finishing line.

Hughes has the backing of City's owner Sheikh Mansour and his team of advisors, but for how long?

City's Arab owners have not handed Hughes £250million to spend for the club to be a point ahead of Sunderland and two ahead of Stoke, who have spent a fraction by comparison.

Hughes will be given time, just as he should, but the more his expensively-assembled team fail to deliver on their rich promise, the more scrutiny the City boss will come under.

And with proven bosses like ex-Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink - who is considering his future after Russia's failure to reach the World Cup - likely to be available, Hughes must deliver fast.

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