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CHRIS SUTTON: Man City have every right to be enraged over Trent Alexander-Arnold's handball

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The opening goal was huge but should have been chalked off by VAR at AnfieldTrent Alexander-Arnold's arm was in an unnatural position for the penalty shout After the international break we may see a penalty given for something similarReferee Michael Oliver may even have felt he made a big mistake on Sunday 

Manchester City have every right to be enraged. How was this not handball? Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm was away from his body. It was in an unnatural position and the ball clearly struck it. 

This was the biggest moment of this match. The opening goal of this game was always going to be huge and VAR should have spotted Alexander-Arnold’s infringement. 

Apparently, according to a Premier League statement, it did ‘not meet the considerations for a deliberate handball’.

Manchester City have every right to be enraged over Trent Alexander-Arnold's handball

What a load of drivel. They should have chalked off Liverpool’s opener, and City should have had a penalty at Anfield. You can argue about Bernardo Silva’s potential handball before Alexander-Arnold’s, but the City man’s arm was in more of a natural position when the ball ricocheted back off him. 

The Liverpool full back’s arm wasn’t and he had more time to move his away, so these were two very different scenarios. Had Alexander-Arnold not blocked the ball with his arm, it might have trickled to a free Raheem Sterling behind. 

There is no consistency. After the international break, we will no doubt see a penalty awarded in the Premier League for something similar.

Pep Guardiola and his staff watched the replays at half-time and had been left incensed

Once again, why did the referee not consult his pitch-side monitor? Michael Oliver should have been the one to make the final decision on the ground — not some officials 200 miles away at Stockley Park.

Pep Guardiola and his staff clearly watched the replays at half-time, as they were furious when they emerged for the start of the second half.

Oliver will no doubt have seen the replays at the end and I bet he thinks he made a big mistake there.

And Claudio Bravo will be disappointed with his display, not least for Sadio Mane’s goal.


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