Premier League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may be in hot water over comments

Brendan Rodgers: In line for FA enquiry

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is expected to face FA action for criticising the officials in the wake of the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Boxing Day.

The Reds stunned the Etihad Stadium with a 24th-minute Philippe Coutinho opener but by half-time, Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo had struck to put Manuel Pellegrini's hosts on course for the points.

Liverpool were certainly unfortunate early on when Raheem Sterling sprang the offside trap with ease only to be flagged, and Rodgers felt Liverpool had a decent penalty claim turned down in the second period when Joleon Lescott tugged at Luis Suarez's shirt.

Following a defeat that left Liverpool in fourth, Rodgers said of referee Lee Mason: "I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester.

Rodgers could face FA action

"I am sure we won't get (for) Liverpool-Man City someone from the Wirral. I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance. Hopefully we don't have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game.

"The officials make mistakes, I just felt the mistakes made shouldn't have happened at this level. This is a big game. It was a poor decision and of course Raheem goes through and scores.

"I thought we never got any decision. The linesman on the offside one - he wasn't even on the same cut of grass.

"If you're working at this level you have to get it right. It's not even a difficult one. 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.

"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 (Lescott) is tugging at his shirt."

Sky Sports understands the FA have launched an enquiry with Rodgers having appeared to breach the regulations over media comments made by managers.