Gundogan unhappy after video replay
ILKAY Gundogan revealed that City players watched a replay of the controversial handball incident … and felt the first Liverpool goal should not have stood.
The Blues midfielder also hinted that the Merseysiders got the rub of the green in three more incidents in which the video assistant referee failed to act, as their 3-1 win put them nine points clear of City in the title race.
Gundogan felt the game should have been stopped when Trent Alexander-Arnold handled the ball in the area, a moment after the ball had also struck his team-mate Bernardo Silva on the arm.
“What do you want me to say right now? Obviously as a City player it feels like a disadvantage for us,” he said.
“We saw the incident again in the dressing room afterwards and for me, obviously, it’s a penalty - but if you ask a Liverpool player they would say ‘You can give it but it’s maybe a 50-50 situation’.
“I don’t think it’s easy to judge and I’m not here to make a statement on that, but there were a few situations where I thought maybe we could have had a decision for us. It didn’t happen and there’s nothing you can do.”
Gundogan refused to concede defeat in the title race, saying of the nine-point gap: “We have to accept it, but there is a long way to go. Last season in January we were quite far behind and able to turn it around.
“But we are not independent any more – we have to see how our competitors do, especially Liverpool, and that makes the situation more uncomfortable.”