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Rodgers Bemoans Referee's Performance

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has come out and blasted the performance of referee Lee Mason in his side’s 2-1 Boxing Day defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad.

Rodgers bemoaned the assistant referee's decision to flag Raheem Sterling for offside, despite replays showing that the 19-year-old had beaten the offside trap and he was clearly onside.  

"I thought we never got any decision. The linesman on the offside one - he wasn't even on the same cut of grass,” the Pool manager said at the post match press conference.

"If you're working at this level you have to get it right. It's not even a difficult one,” he added.

"It is a perfectly-timed run and he is given offside when he is through one on one on goal. These are big moments in big games.”

"There is another incident when Luis (Suarez) doesn't get a free-kick when Joleon Lescott went right through him.”

"It is arguable it is a penalty at the end. Luis Suarez can't jump because he is tugging at his shirt.”

"I thought it was throughout the evening. Hopefully we don't have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game."

The manager then went on to praise his side’s performance even though he was not happy with the result or the referee’s performance.

 "The level of our game was high, we had chances and we didn't take them.”

"They were outstanding and really took the game to a top side full of top European players.”

"We are disappointed not to have won the game, never mind losing the game.”

"We showed great confidence and belief, scored a wonderful goal and could have had a few more but there are things to learn from the goals we conceded.”

"I was here at the Bayern Munich game when they were outstanding (beating City 3-1) and apart from that every other team City have played here they have scored a hatful of goals.”

"I think people go away and look at us as a team that is hopefully going to be up there challenging.”

"Our main intention is to set up camp in the top four. That is what the club has been striving for a number of years.”

"We have shown this year we are hopefully going to be up there and doing that.”

"Performances like tonight and Tottenham (a 5-0 win) show we have the quality to do that," he concluded.

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