Premier League News: Guardiola ‘trying to be the next Alex Ferguson’ with Anfield claim

    Pep Guardiola’s claim that Manchester City’s goal against Liverpool was ruled out due to the game at Anfield suggests he is “trying to be the next Alex Ferguson,” John Aldridge told Stats Perform.

    On Sunday, City lost for the first time in the Premier League this season, with Mohamed Salah scoring the goal in a 1-0 win over Liverpool.

    But Guardiola’s side had previously seemed to take the lead when Phil Foden scored, only for the game to be called off after a VAR review.

    Erling Haaland’s rush for Fabinho’s shirt was seen during preparation and Liverpool received a foul that Guardiola felt was contrary to the spirit in which the rest of the match was played.

    Referee Anthony Taylor told City’s coaching staff that he was “not going to commit fouls”, according to Guardiola, whose explanation for the reversal of the original decision was simple: “It’s Anfield.”

    Former Liverpool striker Aldridge, in an exclusive interview with Stats Perform, believes this siege mentality was a textbook tactic by legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

    “I think he’s trying to be the next Alex Ferguson,” Aldridge said. “Anfield is Anfield, but this referee didn’t succumb to the Anfield atmosphere.

    “He also gave some bad decisions against Liverpool. He gave that decision to Man City, it was only VAR. [that spotted the foul].

    “These are swings and carousels. Last week, VAR lost three times to Arsenal; we have a break this week.

    “In these days, I must say, it wouldn’t be a foul, but these days he pulled it off with his shirt, everyone saw it, and it was a foul.

    “From the point of view of a centre-forward, if this happened to Liverpool, I would go crazy, but I understand why he refused.

    “He was always going to argue with that, Pep, and it’s their decisions that win games. If it were allowed, we could get a draw, but we certainly wouldn’t win the game.”

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