Joe Gomez admits there were “frustrating decisions” in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City after VAR awarded a penalty for a handball by the defender.

City fell behind to Mohamed Salah’s opener from the penalty spot but rallied well, with Kevin De Bruyne feeding Gabriel Jesus, who turned well and struck the equaliser.

De Bruyne then had a golden opportunity to put his side ahead from 12 yards after VAR judged Gomez handled the Belgian’s cross in the box.

But the England centre-back was spared blushes as De Bruyne dragged his effort wide of the post, while a drab second half saw the points shared at the Etihad.



De Bruyne’s cross from the right flank struck Gomez on the arm

Reflecting on the decision which went against him, Gomez told Liverpool’s official website : “I wouldn’t dispute it hit my hand but at the end of the day, I’m running back towards goal and everyone knows the power De Bruyne can hit the ball with.

“It’s just a natural motion for me to run. I haven’t made an attempt to put my arm towards the ball, it’s just happened that quick.

“At the end of the day, it’s the ref’s decision. There’s enough conversation going on around that rule and what’s going on, but you just have to move on and accept what’s happened.”

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Gomez’s pleaded with referee Craig Pawson to no avail

Despite the penalty decision, Gomez was pleased with the performance and the result away against Pep Guardiola’s side.

The 23-year-old added: “We had our chances. I suppose it probably is a fair reflection of the game in the end.

“Some frustrating decisions at times but I thought we started the game well and had a good intensity about us in the first half.

“It slowed a bit in the second and both teams, I think, were a bit more conservative.

“At the end of the day, we know how good City are and we’ve come away from home and got a point, so I think we’ve got to take that.

“As I said, it’s not an easy place to come and we have to accept that we had our chances and so did they.

“So I think a point is a fair reflection. We go into the international break now and hopefully we all come back healthy and ready to go.”

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