Pep Guardiola was baffled by his decision not to score Phil Foden’s goal in a 1-0 win against Liverpool.
Foden appeared to put the Premier League champions ahead early in the second half on Sunday with a shot from the rebound after Alisson failed to hold onto a pass from Kevin De Bruyne.
However, Liverpool were furious that they claimed Erling Haaland had fouled Fabinho in preparation for the game and despite initially suggesting that the game should continue, referee Anthony Taylor changed his decision after consulting with the field monitor.
To add to City’s disappointment, Mohamed Salah took the lead in the 76th minute and, after seeing an earlier golden opportunity saved by Ederson, landed a cute shot on City’s goalkeeper to seal the trophies.
Guardiola, however, believes that referee Taylor, who missed numerous physical problems with impunity throughout the game, showed inconsistency in the decision not to score Foden’s goal, with the City manager apparently suggesting that the fact that the match was played on Anfield, influenced the decision of the referee.
He told Sky Sports: “The referee went up to the coaches and said play, play. There were a million fouls.
“But after we scored a goal, he decided that he couldn’t play any more. This is Enfield.”
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Guardiola had few complaints about the game of his team.
“We have [enough] chances. We had some fantastic moments,” he added.
“The whole game we were brave, we played the game that we have to play and I have no complaints or regrets about how we did it. We had chances but not enough to [win]”.
Guardiola acknowledged that the electrifying atmosphere at Anfield following Salah’s goal – a kick that sends the Egyptian ahead of Steven Gerrard to second on Liverpool’s all-time goalscoring list – made things difficult for City, although he pointed out that his team did not considered this event to be overwhelming until the stalemate was broken.
“After the goal, yes, it’s Anfield,” Guardiola said. “Before the goal, everything was fine.”