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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