Pep Guardiola slams the referees after Manchester City’s defeat to Liverpool | Football

Pep Guardiola slammed the officials (Image: Getty)

Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola criticized the match officials after their decision to reject Phil Foden‘s goal in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah scored with 15 minutes remaining at Anfield to give Jurgen Klopp’s men a morale-boosting win against the Premier League champions.

Although the Reds’ display was spirited, they needed a stroke of luck shortly after the break when Foden’s goal was disallowed.

The English midfielder scored after a meeting between Alisson and Erling Haaland, but the goal was ruled out as the referees believed that the Norwegian had molested Fabinho in the build-up.

It was a peculiar decision in a game where the referee had given both sides leeway, making for an entertaining watch.

Guardiola was furious at the decision (Image: Getty)

The decision angered Guardiola, who believes it went against the way the match was refereed.

And in a dig at the officials, Guardiola said “This is Anfield” – in a dig at the club’s sign in the tunnel leading to the pitch – when asked about the decision.

Foden thought he had given City the lead (Image: Getty)

“This is Anfield,” said Guardiola.

‘The referee spoke to my assistants and said he’s not going to do fouls unless they’re clear, the whole game was play on play on play on… except the goal we scored and after it’s not played on.

‘When I arrive here it says ‘this is Anfield’. Many many years we come here, many many, many.

“We lost because we made a mistake against an outstanding team.” But more “today it was game on game on game, but when we score a goal it is not game on. It’s true, it’s reality.’

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