Manuel Pellegrini defends Vincent Kompany selection

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany in action against Newcastle during their Premier League match on August 19, 2013
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini defends his decision to pick Vincent Kompany for the team's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has defended his decision to pick Vincent Kompany for last Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Liverpool.

The City captain, who picked up a knock in training ahead of the match, was at fault for Philippe Coutinho's late winner at Anfield.

However, Pellegrini insists that he did not think it necessary to leave the Belgian out as a precaution.

"He started the game because he is the captain," Pellegrini is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "He made all the proof before the game, he said he was okay, and the doctor said that, so I don't regret that."

City return to Premier League action tonight at home to Sunderland.

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on ahead of the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on February 8, 2014
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