Pep Guardiola suggests referee favoured Liverpool as James Milner escaped red card 1 month ago

Pep Guardiola suggests referee favoured Liverpool as James Milner escaped red card

"In this situation, the Man City player would've been sent off"

Pep Guardiola has stated that if the tackles made by James Milner were made by a Manchester City player, then they would've been sent off.

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Liverpool and City played out a scintillating tie at Anfield, with four second-half goals scored between the two sides in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the Reds in the 59th minute after a clever through-ball from Mohamed Salah, but Guardiola's men fired back 10 minutes later through Phil Foden's fine finish.

The Egyptian then got himself on the scoresheet after a bamboozling run saw him smash home a sensational strike from a tight angle.

However, City were once again level with less than 10 minutes to go after Kevin De Bruyne's shot deflected off Joel Matip and bounced past a helpless Alisson in the Liverpool goal.

Despite both teams participating in a spectacular game of football, it certainly wasn't without controversy - with the away side adamant that Milner should've been sent-off.

The Reds midfielder - who was operating at right-back - endured a difficult afternoon at Anfield and struggled to contain the talented Foden.

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Milner was booked in the 42nd minute after Foden skipped past him having cleverly dropped his shoulder - the 35-year-old had no complaints and was arguably lucky to escape for that long without a caution.

It would've been fair to assume that Jurgen Klopp might've substituted the vice captain, however, he remained on the pitch and was very quickly under pressure once again.

In the second-half, Milner blatantly upended Bernardo Silva as the Portuguese international broke past him - leading the Manchester City bench to point out that not only had he already been booked, but that the tackle in question was worthy of a yellow card.

Moments after the 'tackle' - for which a free-kick was given - the former Man City man was substituted for Joe Gomez, with Klopp understandably concerned that if he left him on the pitch for much longer, he would end up getting a red card.

Guardiola was clearly frustrated by the incident and despite not directly calling out referee Paul Tierney, the Spaniard made his feelings known.

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"It's a second yellow card. It's a second yellow card. It's too clear, but it's Anfield, it's Old Trafford... In this situation, the Man City player would've been sent off," Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports after the game.

Whilst it is impossible to predict what sort of impact a Milner red card would've had on the tie, it would be fair to assume that it would have massively benefited the away side.

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