Mourinho suggests Guardiola’s side need to ‘focus’ on errors after Liverpool defeat

Jose Mourinho does not think Manchester City will dwell on their disappointing defeat at Liverpool but they need to learn the lessons of the 3-1 loss.

Blues boss Pep Guardiola was fuming at the final whistle after his side were denied a penalty when Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball in the Liverpool box before the counter-attack that led to the opening goal by Fabinho. 

Appearing on Sky Sports as a pundit, Mourinho said: ‘I think we’ve spoken enough about it. The main question is just consistency. 

Jose Mourinho suggested Pep Guardiola's side need to 'focus' on the errors made on Sunday

Jose Mourinho suggested Pep Guardiola’s side need to ‘focus’ on the errors made on Sunday

Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball in the build up to Fabinho's opener

Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle the ball in the build up to Fabinho’s opener

‘That’s what really upsets me in the game. The game was so good, there is so much to speak about in the game. I think enough is enough.

‘I think everybody knows how strong Liverpool are in these situations. 

‘Everyone knows how they play. City are too good to be crying for a week about an incident, they should focus on the game and what they should do better. It was a fast shot (Fabinho’s opener), if it is a mistake I think it’s (Ilkay) Gundogan that has to be better. I didn’t like the position of (Kevin) De Bruyne.’

Pep Guardiola vented his fury at fourth official Mike Dean after his side were denied a penalty

Pep Guardiola vented his fury at fourth official Mike Dean after his side were denied a penalty

Mourinho claimed two of the goals could have prevented. 

‘Every time I play against Liverpool and I had a team that was not as good as Liverpool were, I was always concerned with the distances between my four defenders. When a team plays like they do, with Firmino dropping between the lines and creating doubts, and when Salah and Mane want to go in between the gaps, you have to play more than ever with a smaller distance between the defenders. 

And Liverpool scored two goals, one between Walker and Stones and one between Fernandinho and Angelino. I cannot say more than that. For me yes (avoidable goals), very difficult. But you have to try. 

City boss Guardiola was visibly enraged after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday

City boss Guardiola was visibly enraged after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday

 

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