Liverpool beat Manchester City with a mistake, claims Pellegrini

Martin Skrtel

Pellegrini takes issue with the manner of Manchester City's 3-2 defeat at Anfield.

Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that Liverpool defeated Manchester City 'with a mistake'.

Today's 3-2 reversal at Anfield has made the Chilean's bid to lift the Premier League title in his debut season at the Etihad Stadium more difficult as Brendan Rodgers' side extended the gulf with their North West rivals to seven points thanks to Philippe Coutinho's late winning strike.

But Pellegrini is aggrieved in the manner with which City were consigned to defeat after referee Mark Clattenburg failed to award a penalty against Reds defender Martin Skrtel for an apparent handball during the final minutes of stoppage time.

"The team played very well. We had chances to score and win the game and we didn't," he told his post-match press conference.

"Finally Liverpool won the game with a mistake. It was a very clear penalty but I don't want to talk about the referee, it is not fair to think that we lost the game because of the referee.

"I don't think the result today was about the work of the referee. I think he did a good job."

Despite the setback, Pellegrini is refusing to concede defeat in this season's title race. City have two games in hand on Liverpool but if their Merseyside counterparts win their remaining four fixtures, the title will head to Anfield for the first time in over 24 years.

He said: "It is not the end of the Premier League [challenge]. The most important thing today is now it is not dependent on what we do in the future.

"If Liverpool win their four games maybe they deserve to win the title but we will continue fighting until the end. We have to play one of our games in hand on Wednesday."

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