Man City launch ‘complaint’ regarding performance of referee Michael Oliver in Liverpool clash

Manchester City have written a formal complaint to the PGMOL over the performance of Michael Oliver, during their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday, according to the Sun.

Pep Guardiola’s side suffered a major blow to their hopes of retaining their Premier League crown for a second successive season on Sunday afternoon, following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool – but the game didn’t go without controversy.

Fernandinho and Kyle Walker of Manchester City speak to match referee Michael Oliver following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

VAR certainly had an impact in the game, denying Manchester City a penalty on two occasions, most notably the handball from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the early stages of the game – a piece of play that ultimately lead to Fabinho putting Liverpool ahead.

According to Martin Lipton of the Sun, Manchester City have sent an official complaint to referees chief Mike Riley over the performance of Michael Oliver. The letter was delivered on Monday – just 24 hours after defeat at Anfield.

It was claimed by the Sun that Mike Riley attempted to respond “constructively” to the Manchester City letter, but he is unlikely to change his policies on the controversial technology in Thursday’s meeting with chief executives from Premier League clubs.

English referee Michael Oliver (C) chats with Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) and Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the complaint, it takes nothing away from the fact that Manchester City now sit nine points behind the league leaders, with their confidence undoubtedly hampered by the defeat. However, Pep Guardiola will look to rejuvenate his side with crunch clashes against Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester United on the horizon in the Premier League.

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