West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has shown he can really hold a grudge after the Hammers’ 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Liverpool at the London Stadium on Monday night. The result now means that Manchester City again have the advantage in the title race.
While Jürgen Klopp’s men sit three points clear having played the same number of games, City have the chance to go top with a win over their Merseyside rivals Everton on Wednesday night.
The Reds would have a game in hand, but they have shown signs that the pressure is getting to them having taken just two points from a possible six against Leicester and now West Ham. Their odds are really lengthening already as City look to take control.
Manuel Pellegrini* about the chat with Klopp at the end of the game: “Klopp is used to winning with goals offside. He beat at Malaga with a goal that was seven metres offside. So he can’t complain about anything.”— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) February 4, 2019
But Pellegrini insists they were lucky to get away with a draw after taking the lead with a Sadio Mane goal, which replays showed shouldn’t have counted. James Milner was clearly offside in the build up, but the linesman failed to spot it.
The Chilean even referenced an offside goal scored by Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League semi final against his Malaga side.
Michail Antonio restorer parity for the hosts just moments later, but Pellegrini was clearly incensed by what happened and made his feelings known to Klopp at full time. But it is not the first time West Ham have upset a top side at the London Stadium, having beaten both Arsenal and Manchester United this season as well as drawing with Chelsea.
Whether the Reds should have scored through Mane or not, they lacked the necessary intensity and creativity to get the win on Monday. They’ll be looking to bounce back with a win over Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday. The Cherries will be there for the taking after their loss at Cardiff last weekend.
Summer signing Naby Keita was heavily criticised for his performance at West Ham, as he continues to struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League.
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