Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has defended himself as regarding a tackle on Mohamed Salah in their 2-1 win over Liverpool in Thursday’s Premier League game as he thought ‘It was a great challenge.’
A misplaced pass from defensive partner John Stones had the Belgian halt the 26-year-old from going through on goal, and subsequently caught the Reds star's studs.
Managing to escape with a caution, the 32-year-old argued that the tackle was not with the intention of injuring the forward but stopping him from an opportunity to score.
“I thought it was a great challenge. Was it not? All right,” Kompany told Sky Sports.
“On the pitch I felt I got the ball, a bit of the man, but it wasn’t naughty. I didn’t try to injure him, that’s for sure.
“It was that or let him go through on goal and the decision was made very quickly in my head.”
The win helped P Pep Guardiola’s men cut the Reds’ initial six-point gap to four as they climbed to the second spot with 50 points from 21 games.