Liverpool Fans Are Now Blaming 'The Length Of The Grass' At The Etihad

Liverpool fans are now suggesting the length of the grass was too long during their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Thursday night.

In a video on The Anfield Wrap's YouTube channel, host Neil Atkinson was joined by Melissa Reddy and Paul Cope to take a closer look at Liverpool's defeat against Pep Guardiola's side.

"I could not believe the length of the Manchester City pitch." host Neil Atkinson said this week.

"The amount to which is cut up, the fact that it didn't look well - it looked like a pitch that had been prepared for one thing. To stop fast passing.

"This is a Pep Guardiola pitch that's been set-up to stop fast passing and I think that tells the story of how Manchester City approached the game about as much as anything else."

Reddy also agreed that the grass was one of the ways Manchester City thought they could control the game. Here is a clip from The Anfield Wrap discussion, as well as the full 23-minute video.

What are your thoughts on the claim?

It took just 12 hours for a Liverpool supporter to create a petition on Change.Org to review the '100% accuracy of goal-line technology' used in their defeat to City this week.

In the first half, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah combined magnificently to put teammate Sadio Mane through on goal, but his shot struck the post.

John Stones tried to clear it off the line but the clearance rebounded off goalkeeper Ederson.

I'm still not not sure how it happened, but Stones then managed to react quickly and clear the ball off the line, nutmegging Salah in the process.

Replays show that the ball was just 1.12cm away from being declared a goal, with goal-line technology confirming the incident.

That didn't stop fans from complaining though, and one fan going by the name King Kenny decided to take action. "It's not fair. We want justice" he said on his petition.

66 people have already signed the form, and it quickly surfaced on social media for the world to see. It picked up plenty of reaction.

Jurgen Klopp's side are still four points clear at the top of the table but he title race is certainly back on after last night's result.

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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