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"He is used to beating me with offside", Pellegrini said. After the game, our analysts told me immediately, so I can imagine that.

Divock Origi was offside when played through on goal in stoppage-time but no flag was raised.

However, once again they failed to win.

"Because of our situation, last night we trained and had to change three positions". That's where we struggled a bit.

Whether or not his team deserved that point is a massive point of contention.

Thoughts on the actions of West Ham's ground staff?

They defended well, that's true. City will go top on goal difference if they prevail at Everton on Wednesday. It's a normal away game. We won a year ago at Crystal Palace 2-1 with two offensive situations pretty much.

However, Mirror journalist David Maddock has offered a slightly more positive update as he says the operation is just "routine" and Gomez could be back in early March if things go smoothly.

"They have quality - no doubt about that".

"That's what I'm liking at the minute, mentally, they're in a better place than they've ever been".

On the significance of the result...

"We had a hard situation, it is a long season". It's a long season.

'We lost balls in different moments. I don't know where the injuries or illnesses are coming from. Milly was ill. Maybe he is still ill. 100 per cent, that's what we expect from ourselves. It doesn't help the rhythm in the game.

'We need to grow and be more consistent in our play, it doesn't matter against who we play'. We drew because they scored a clearly offside goal.

The Liverpool manager perhaps showed some his weakness at the end of the game as he and West Ham boss Pellegrini had a heated exchange at the final whistle.

Fabinho has grown in importance as the season has progressed, yet it remains the case that the Henderson-Milner-Wijnaldum triumvirate had been selected for Liverpool's biggest matches this season.

"I don't moan about it". It is not an excuse or nothing. "We will make this intervention and then he will come back". He came by himself to London because it was infectious. That, of course, is not flawless. Now we take the point and carry on.

Liverpool had seen both Tottenham Hotspur and Man City close the gap with wins over the weekend, but the leaders were sluggish from the off and could have fallen behind within three minutes when Javier Hernandez curled narrowly wide after being teed up by Mark Noble. We're still in the race.

I was really calm. That [free-kicks] are their strength, they practice on it a lot. That is great. For me, they [Tottenham] are 100 percent in the race. We're still top of the league. You can also be playing for nothing. [Substitute] midfield players tonight, apart from Shaq, would have been 18 and 18 years old. It is about enjoying the situation you are in.

Pellegrini was the manager in charge of City when they took advantage of Liverpool's late season collapse in 2013-14, winning the club's second Premier League title in the process. And heading into Monday's games, the Reds have just a two-point lead, following the champions' 3-1 triumph over Arsenal on Sunday. "If you get a point at West Ham, that's fine".

On whether the title race will get even tougher...


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