Steven Gerrard has claimed Liverpool were fortunate to not go to two goals down after Leroy Sane’s strike was dubiously disallowed through offside.
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius came out to punch a cross away before the ball ricocheted off the leg of James Milner and into the path of the German, who slotted home for what he thought was the second goal.
But the assistant flagged, presumably believing the ball had been played to Sane by a City player rather than Milner, and referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz subsequently disallowed the goal.
Manchester City had a goal controversially disallowed for offside during the Liverpool clash
The ball, however, appeared to ricochet off James Milner and into the German’s path
Steven Gerrard has claimed Liverpool were fortunate to not go to two goals down
And Gerrard believes it was the slice of good fortune Liverpool needed during a first half in which they were largely pinned in their own penalty area.
‘It’s massive,’ Gerrard said on BT Sport at half-time. ‘They’re the things that need to go in your favour.
‘As soon as I seen it and I seen the linesman flagging I thought Liverpool got away with one there.’
Fellow pundit Frank Lampard was also at a loss as to why the goal was disallowed.
Fellow pundit Frank Lampard was also at a loss as to why the City goal was disallowed
City boss Pep Guardiola was sent to the stands after remonstrating with the officials
‘I think this a goal,’ Lampard said. ‘It comes off James Milner, it doesn’t come off a Manchester City player, he directs it back into the path of Sane, whether he’s offside or not it doesn’t matter, there’s been a punch, then there’s a touch from Milner and sits for Sane.’
City boss Pep Guardiola was sent to the stands after remonstrating with the officials after the half-time whistle blew.
‘You can see straight away that Pep was disgusted with that decision coming off the pitch,’ Rio Ferdinand added.