Pep Guardiola calls on referees’ chief for explanation on handball

• Manchester City manager claimed offence by Alexander-Arnold
• Fabinho fired opening goal for Liverpool 22 seconds later

Pep Guardiola said the referees’ chief Mike Riley should explain the latest controversy involving VAR as his Manchester City team fell nine points behind Liverpool in the title race with a 3-1 defeat at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold escaped a handball inside his penalty area 22 seconds before Fabinho’s stunning goal sent Liverpool on their way to a hugely significant victory which leaves them eight points clear at the top. The City manager made his feelings clear to the fourth official Mike Dean, and again when a second penalty claim against the Liverpool defender was rightly dismissed in the second half. He also exchanged words with the match referee Michael Oliver after the final whistle – appearing to sarcastically say “thank you so much” – but denied saying anything untoward.

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