Gabriel Jesus upset at Pep’s penalty call vs Liverpool

Mahrez’s misses his penalty vs Liverpool

Manchester City travelled to Anfield on Sunday afternoon to take on fellow title rivals, Liverpool.

Heading into the game both sides had won six and drew one of their seven Premier League games this season.

However, Man City’s record vs Liverpool, especially at Anfield is very poor.

City had not picked up a win at the historic ground since 2003.

Furthermore, in the last three meetings between the two sides, Liverpool have come out on top every time.

So, with the game at 0-0 Riyad Mahrez had the perfect chance to end City’s curse at Anfield when his side was awarded a penalty in the 86th minute.

Unfortunately for City, Mahrez would step up and smash his penalty over the bar.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Pep Guardiola the head coach / manager of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

‘I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy’

One player who is not happy with Pep Guardiola’s decision to give Mahrez the penalty kick is Gabriel Jesus.

Speaking after Liverpool, Jesus stated:

“Obviously I’m not happy. As Riyad, I’ve been practising [penalties].

“I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me. However, it was important that we didn’t lose.

“Pep spoke with me. This is part of football, sometimes these things happen. I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again.”

Pep has also had his say on his decision to award Mahrez the spot-kick over Gabriel Jesus:

“Jesus wanted to (take it). I apologise. It was my decision.

“Normally for the last six, seven months the penalties were always Sergio’s but he was on the bench. He was on the pitch when the first penalty was not given.

“Maybe we need two penalties to score one goal. I would not like to speak about the referees, about the decisions. We should talk about the game, the football.”

Related: Riyad Mahrez fails to give Manchester City a 1-0 win vs Liverpool after penalty miss

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