Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has given a tongue-in-cheek explanation for his shocking penalty miss against Liverpool.
Gundogan scored twice as City won 4-1 at Anfield to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League and open up a 10-point gap over the reigning champions.
But the midfielder must have thought he had jeopardised his side's title chances after blowing a chance to give the visitors the lead during a cagey first half.
Liverpool were enjoying the better of the opening period when Raheem Sterling won a penalty against the run of play.
It was a gilt-edged chance for Pep Guardiola's side to get the upper hand over their rivals – but Gundogan stepped up and blazed the spot-kick high over the bar.
The 30-year-old, who has been one of City's best players this season, was aiming for the top corner of Alisson's goal but was left red-faced when his kick soared into The Kop.
Gundogan had wasted a golden opportunity to fire his side in front – but after scoring a brace in the second half, he joked he was just getting in the mood for Sunday night's Superbowl.
"When they tell you it's #SuperBowl and a Field Goal is worth 3 points…" he wrote on Twitter, along with a picture of his spot-kick sailing into the stands.
The relief was clear to see on Gundogan's face when he opened the scoring four minutes after the restart, firing home after Alisson had saved a shot from Phil Foden.
Unlike Gundogan, Mohamed Salah made no mistake from the spot when he equalised for Liverpool after being fouled by Ruben Dias.
But Gundogan fired City back in front after Alisson made a mess of a clearance, with Foden setting up his team-mate's 11th strike of the season.
The Reds keeper was punished for another mistake when he passed straight to Bernardo Silva, who crossed for Raheem Sterling to head home.
And Foden completed the scoring with a fine finish after his man-of-the-match display inspired City to a first win at Anfield since 2003.
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