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Manchester City Legend Claims Pep Guardiola Will Leave England Because Of VAR Controversies

Credit: Eurosport

Credit: Eurosport

Pep Guardiola was livid at Michael Oliver and the referees during Manchester City's 3-1 loss vs. Liverpool, as he claimed they should've been given a couple of penalties.

Guardiola asked for a penalty right after a challenge from Trent Alexander-Arnold early on the game, but his request was denied and Fabinho scored Liverpool's first goal shortly after.

Then, Guardiola demanded Mo Salah was deemed offside in Liverpool's second score, but VAR revealed the Egyptian was onside on his sprint vs. John Stones.

And there, with Liverpool already up 3-1, Guardiola demanded a penalty after a cross hit on Trent Alexander-Arnold's hand, but his request was once again denied.

The Spaniard threw a massive tantrum at the referees and was clearly upset about their calls and decisions, so former Manchester City player Trevor Sinclair thinks he's on the cusp of leaving England following repeated incidents with VAR:

"The Premier League has got a fantastic brand and I think it’s been affected negatively by this VAR situation. It’s not a better spectacle now because VAR has been brought in. Pep wants clarity to what the rules are because at the moment the fans, players, and managers haven’t got a clue. This is my fear, that if this continues managers like Pep and the best players are going to start leaving the Premier League. If it continues to be this inconsistent, people are going to start leaving the Premier League and go to different leagues," Sinclair told TalkSport.

The midfielder claims top-tier managers are going to take their talents elsewhere and it'll take a toll in the league's competitiveness, all because of VAR's inconsistency over calls:

“I think Pep is right on the cusp. The Premier League is so good because we get the very best managers who attract the very best players- If you want to go to a top club, you look at who the manager is there. That’s how City have got the players they have got – because of Pep. Now, if managers start leaving the Premier League because there’s no consistency and it’s a flawed system, I think they’re in danger of ruining what they’ve produced over the last 25 years in the Premier League," he concluded.

Manchester City now trail Liverpool by 8 points after 12 games and it doesn't look like Jurgen Klopp's team will take their foot off the gas any time soon, and judging by his reaction, Guardiola knows the EPL title is likely off the table right now.