Jose Mourinho has slammed VAR after the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City
Table-toppers welcomed the current runners-up to Anfield on Sunday for the most highly anticipated fixture of the Premier League calendar and secured a ‘comfortable’ 3-1 victory to move nine points clear at the top.
However, things could have been different if the referee Mike Riley awarded a spot-kick for the visitors in the sixth minute just seconds before Fabinho opened the scoring on the other end of the pitch.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s handball in Liverpool’s penalty box was deemed insufficient for a spot-kick by VAR, which eventually led to the Reds’ lead.
The Citizens were also denied for another penalty in the second half when Riley refused to ask for VAR intervention after another handball inside the Merseysiders’ box.
During the post-match analysis, the former Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, has questioned the consistency of VAR since its introduction in the Premier League.
“I think we’ve spoken enough about it, and I think the main question is just consistency,” the Portuguese tactician said, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
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“That’s what really upsets me in the game, at this moment, that one weekend it’s not a penalty and next week it’s going to be a penalty. For me, that’s the crucial point of it.
“The game was so good, and there is so much to speak about the game that I think enough is enough.”
Pep Guardiola’s dismal managerial record at Anfield has continued, as his City side failed to beat Liverpool on the road in their fifth successive trip with the Spaniard in charge (D1, L4).
What’s more, the Citizens have now struggled to walk away from Liverpool with three points in 17 consecutive visits (D5, L12).
Although it’s still an early stage of the season, Jurgen Klopp and his men might be already running away with the title that would be their first in 30 years.