Undoubtedly the fixture of the weekend, Liverpool faced Manchester City at the Etihad in what was a superb game. It was end-to-end from start to finish, with skill, aggression and controversy riddled throughout the match. For those watching it was a great spectacle, and the scoreline could have been much higher had finishing been better on the day.
Mike Oliver makes mistakes over penalty decisions
Liverpool took the lead through a James Milner penalty after Roberto Firmino was brought down by a clumsy tackle from Gael Clichy. However, this was one of the many penalty shouts that the Reds had throughout the game, and the host side had their fair few too.
Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola could be seen frantic on the touchline several times through match, adamant of a penalty for their respective sides.
The most obvious penalty claim for the Citizens came when Raheem Sterling was brought down about a foot from goal by Milner. About to slot the ball home from a low cross, the left-back seemed to sweep the ex-Liverpool’s player’s legs away, causing him to miss the chance.
As for Klopp’s men, both Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane were brought down by suspicious challenges from City players. The Dutchman was particularly unlucky. After a clever piece of footwork, he was brought down rather cynically in the box by Yaya Toure, who struggled to cope with the Wijnaldum’s energy and work rate all game.
On another day with another referee, one or two more penalties may have been awarded.