Pep Guardiola loses it on the touchline when Manchester City were denied penalty for second time in 3-1 defeat to Liverpool
Pep Guardiola was clearly not happy with the officials as his Manchester City side lost 3-1 to Liverpool at Anfield.
The City boss was incensed when his side were not awarded a penalty early in the first half when the ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold on the arm.
Michael Oliver did not award the spot kick and within 30 seconds Liverpool had gone up the other end and taken the lead through Fabinho.
The decision went to VAR and the handball was not given and the goal stood.
Guardiola then completely lost it in the second half when he thought his side should have been awarded a penalty again.
In similar circumstances, the ball struck Alexander-Arnold on the arm again and the appeals were waved away.
The Man City manager walked along the touchdown holding two fingers in the air and gestured towards the fourth official Mike Dean.
In typical Mike Dean fashion, he stood their unmoved as Guardiola continued to protest.
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Had the first been given then it may have been City who took the lead in the game. The second came while it was 3-1 and could have made it an even more nervy for Liverpool at the end.
Fabinho’s opener was followed up by Mohamed Salah’s goal in the 13th minute.
The third was scored by Sadio Mane shortly after the half-time break while Bernardo Silva netted a consolation 12 minutes from time but the match ended 3-1.
After the full-time whistle, Guardiola was shown shaking the hands of the match officials and said: “Thank you so much”.
He refused to comment on the early penalty incident, and told Sky Sports: “The way we played was incredible. I’m so proud of my team, more than ever…we played so good.
“Ask the referees. Ask the referees, not me. Ask Mike Riley and the guys running the VAR. I’m trying to do a job, I’m trying to talk about our performance that was so good.”
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