Guardiola issues Jesus apology

08 October 2018 04:43:17 EST

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has apologised to Gabriel Jesus for not allowing him to take the penalty in their 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.

With regular spot-kick taker Sergio Aguero substituted, Jesus was eager to take the late penalty against the Reds at Anfield.

However, the message came from the bench that Riyad Mahrez should take it, before the Algerian fired his effort over the crossbar.

Guardiola has admitted it was a mistake on his part and has since said sorry to the Brazilian forward Jesus.

He said: "During the training sessions every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence. It will be good experience for him, next time it will go in.

"Jesus wanted to (take it). I apologise. It was my decision."

The result leaves Man City at the top of the Premier League table but only on goal difference ahead of both Chelsea and Liverpool.

Next up for City is a league encounter with Burnley on Saturday, before Guardiola’s side travel to Shakhtar Donetsk on 23rd October.

City are 4/7 to win the Premier League this season, while the Citizens are 9/2 to claim the Champions League crown.

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