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Why Manchester City Weren’t Given A Penalty Before Lead-Up To Liverpool Goal

Liverpool dominated the first half in their top of the table clash against Manchester City on Sunday evening at Anfield scoring twice in the opening twenty minutes.

It was a brilliant first 45 minutes against the reigning champions from Jurgen Klopp’s side but their opening goal appeared to come in controversial fashion.

In the lead-up to Fabinho’s scintillating strike which fizzed past a helpless Claudio Bravo in the City net, it looked as though Trent Alexander-Arnold had handled the ball in the opposing box when Guardiola’s side were on the attack.

The replays showed that the ball did in fact hit the defender’s hand but the Premier League released a statement during half-time in the game outlining their reasons behind not giving Manchester City a penalty.

“The VAR checked the penalty appeal for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold and confirmed the on-field decision that it did not meet the considerations for a deliberate handball.”

Salah soon grabbed a second which was also cleared by VAR, before Sadio Mané headed home a third goal thanks to a brilliant cross from captain Jordan Henderson early in the second half.


City grabbed a goal back through Bernardo Silva but it was too little too late as The Reds ran out 3-1 winners.

Liverpool’s impressive victory puts them eight points clear of Leicester City at the top of the Premier League table and nine points clear of City who drop down to fourth.

Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here

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