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City manager Mark Hughes was left fuming after a key moment in the
defeat to Liverpool went against his side on Wednesday night.
In the 39th minute of the clash, Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
brought down Mame Biram Diouf with Liverpool 1-0 ahead. Hughes saw it as
a red card offense but the referee only pulled out a yellow for
Mignolet, leaving the Potters boss perplexed.
“That’s the key moment in the game from our point of view. The one
thing you want from the referee is to get the big decisions right, and
in my view he didn’t," Hughes said after the game, according to the Mirror.
“I don’t understand why the officials can’t see it for what it was.
If Mignolet doesn’t wipe out Mame Biram, it’s a tap-in, it’s 1-1 and
then game on. And that was at a time when we were in ascendancy, asking
“We kept on asking questions, which is a high-risk strategy. You are
always susceptible to counter attacks given the pace and talent they
have at the top end of the pitch and their second was a great strike.”
Liverpool went on to win 3-0 after Mohamed Salah netted a brace in
the last 15 minutes to add to Sadio Mane's 17th-minute opener.