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'TWICE': Pep Guardiola fumes after being denied a penalty for handball in Liverpool defeat

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'TWICE': Pep Guardiola fumes at Mike Dean after being denied a penalty for handball... before sarcastically shaking the hands of the officials after final whistle following Liverpool lossManchester City lost 3-1 in their top of the table clash to Liverpool on Sunday City were denied two penalties after Trent Alexander-Arnold handled the ball Pep Guardiola vented his anger at Mike Dean after the second offenceThe City boss then sarcastically shook hands with Michael Oliver after the game  

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola expressed his fury at the Premier League officials as his side were denied two handball claims in their top of the table defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. 

The Premier League champions had two penalty shouts turned down as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield. The first came in the build up to Fabinho's opener when Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball in his own area.

VAR reviewed the incident and deemed that the youngster had not committed a handball as Liverpool took an early lead. 

Pep Guardiola was visibly enraged after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday

Pep Guardiola vented his fury at fourth official Mike Dean after his side were denied a penalty

The City boss remonstrated with the fourth official after City had two handball claims rejected

Guardiola and assistant coach Mikel Arteta were up in arms over the two decisions 

Alexander-Arnold was again under the spotlight late on in the game when the ball hit has hand again, only for referee Michael Oliver to deny the penalty shout.

On this occasion, Guardiola saw red as he burst into rage at fourth official Mike Dean over the officials' refusal to award his side a spot kick. 

The Spaniard was seen raising two fingers at Dean to exclaim that twice his side had been denied what had appeared to be strong claims for a penalty. 

Both penalty claims involved Trent Alexander-Arnold, who appeared to handle the ball in the build up to Fabinho's opener

The ball hit the full back on the arm again late on but City were denied for a second time

Then, as the players were shaking hands following the full time whistle, Guardiola sarcastically shook hands with match official Michael Oliver, saying: 'Thank you. Thank you so much.'

Guardiola later explained that the remark wasn't intended to be sarcastic, telling Sky Sports: 'No way, I congratulate them, it was polite.'

The City boss will be left to rue a missed opportunity to close the gap on the league leaders, as the current champions fielded a side with a number of noticeable absentees. 

Aymeric Laporte has been a huge loss since he picked up a long term injury at the start of the season, while goalkeeper Ederson and playmaker David Silva were missing on an afternoon where things didn't go City's way. 

Sunday's defeat means City sit in fourth place in the Premier League table going into the international break as Guardiola's side are nine points adrift of the league leaders.  

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