Pep Guardiola has revealed that Leroy Sane is "far away" from his best despite scoring in Manchester City's 2-1 friendly defeat by Liverpool.
The Germany international, who rejoined his City team-mates on the first day of pre-season after being omitted from his country's World Cup squad, won the Premier League young player of the year award for 2017/18, in his second season in English football.
However, despite coming off the bench to score against a largely experienced Liverpool side in the second of City's games at the International Champions Cup, Guardiola said the 22-year-old needed to improve before the season begins.
"It depends on him," the Spaniard told the club's official website. "He needs more minutes and he needs to regain his principles in terms of playing without the ball.
"He has the talent to do that and we are happy that he scored. Still, he is far away from his best."