Pep: Liverpool Loss One of Man City's Best Performances

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Pep: Liverpool Loss One of Man City's Best Performances

A spiky Pep Guardiola refused to talk about the refereeing decisions which had him careering along the touchline in rage during Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday – but said he was proud of an “incredible” performance.

Guardiola was left fuming as City were denied two penalties for hand-ball shouts against Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the first leading to Fabinho’s superb opening goal.

The City boss was seen firmly shaking Michael Oliver’s hand and twice saying “Thank you so much” to the match referee after the game, though he wasn’t drawn in by questions on his sarcastic exchange.

“Ask the referees,” he told Sky Sports. “Ask Mike Riley and the guys with the VAR, don't ask me. We tried to do our job – I would like to talk about our performance. It was so good. The way we played was awesome.

"What happened today is we showed that we are the champions.

“At this stadium, the way we played was incredible. I'm so proud of my team more than ever. We played against the strongest team in Europe, I'm so proud. We played so good.

“It's one of the best performances we have played.

“We played in a way that showed why we are back-to-back champions. After seven months, if Liverpool win, I will be the first to congratulate them because we cannot deny how good they are.”

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