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Liverpool boss Rodgers fumes: How can Manchester ref be in charge for Man City?!!

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers accused ref Lee Mason of favouritism after defeat at Manchester City. Rodgers' highlighted Mason's "Greater Manchester" roots after the controversial loss.

He steamed: "I thought that we never got any of the decisions that went for us. I thought that the linesman on the offside one - they weren't even on the same cut of grass, and if you're working at this level, you have to get that right. It's not even a difficult one, that one.

"These are the things we work on and talk about, we are asking a young player to try and break their line. It was a perfect timed run and he's given offside when he's through one-on-one on goal.

"There was another incident in the second half when Luis didn't get a free kick on the edge of the penalty box when Joleon Lescott comes right through him.

"That was waved play on. It is arguable that there was a penalty at the end. Luis Suarez can't jump because he's tugging at his shirt. I thought it was throughout the evening as well, so hopefully we don't have a Greater Manchester referee again for the Liverpool/Manchester City game."

Asked to expand, Rodgers continued: "I was surprised that we are playing in Manchester and we have a referee from Greater Manchester.

"I was surprised by that when I seen it, to be honest.

"I would ask the question. I'm sure we won't get for Liverpool/Man City somebody from the Wirral. I don't think we would get that. "

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