Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers could find himself in hot water with the Football Association over his comments about referee Lee Mason after Liverpool's 2-1 defeat against Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Rodgers was furious at the officials for not getting some of the decisions right. The Northern Irishman believed that his side were robbed by the officials as a win could have put Liverpool on top of the table.

The Reds had a goal disallowed when Raheem Sterling scored after Luis Suarez put him one-on-one against Joe Hart. But the linesman wrongly ruled that the 19-year-old was offside, thus denying Liverpool the lead in the early stages of the game.

"I never go on about officials but I thought they were horrendous. I thought we never got any decision. The linesman on the offside one - he wasn't even on the same cut of grass. It is a perfectly-timed run and he is given offside when he is through one on one on goal. These are big moments in big games," Rodgers remarked.

The 40-year-old even rued a penalty decision that didn't go his team's way after Joleon Lescott was seen holding on to Suarez's jersey. However, his claims for a penalty can be considered futile as at the other end, Reds defender Martin Skrtel was seen more interested in holding on to Vincent Kompany's shirt during corner kicks than clearing the ball.

"There is another incident when Luis [Suarez] doesn't get a free-kick when Joleon Lescott went right through him. It is arguable it is a penalty at the end. Luis Suarez can't jump because he is tugging at his shirt. Hopefully we don't have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game," he retaliated.

However, the former Swansea manager was disappointed at not getting anything on the night. But the 40-year-old praised his players for the performance they put in against a side who are yet to drop a single point at the Etihad this season.

"I was very proud of the players, I thought they were absolutely outstanding. They really took the game to a team that is a top, top side full of top European players," Rodgers concluded.

Liverpool will travel to west London to take on Chelsea in the final Premier League game of 2013 and Rodgers will be hoping that his team ends the year with a win.