By Keith Hackett

5th Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Ex-FIFA referee delivers verdict on potential Liverpool-Man City penalty after analysing footage

Keith Hackett has insisted Man City did not deserve a penalty in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday for James Milner’s challenge on Phil Foden.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee heaped praise on the “brilliant” pair but refused to blame the officials for not giving Foden a spot-kick.

The Man City forward caused Milner problems all evening and he was shown a yellow card for a challenge on the youngster early on.

Their battle culminated when Foden was played in behind and did not go down under a challenge on the very edge of the box.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he admitted he would like to have seen a foul given but claimed he was not sure whether it was inside the area or not.

“I think there was an element of doubt in it,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley after analysing the footage.

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“I didn’t expect the award of a penalty kick. These things are very difficult.

“I’m sure it was checked by the VAR, behind the scenes. They were happy with whatever the outcome was, it wasn’t a clear and obvious error.

“They are two outstanding players [Foden and Milner]. There’s no question that Foden is brilliant.

“But I’m not criticising the referee on this occasion.”

Foden did not let the decision spoil his game as he scored a fantastic goal to level the scores at 1-1.

The game finished 2-2 after Man City came from behind once again through Kevin De Bruyne in the final 10 minutes.

In other news, this may be the Real Reason Milner avoided a red card in Liverpool thriller v Man City.