Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers felt Sadio Mane “made the most of the contact” that earned Liverpool a match-winning penalty at Anfield on Saturday.
Mane went down under contact from Marc Albrighton, before James Milner’s spot-kick sealed a 2-1 win that maintains Liverpool’s 100% league record.
“It did not look clear and obvious to me,” said ex-Liverpool boss Rodgers.
Leicester midfielder James Maddison had earlier cancelled out Mane’s opener when he made it 1-1 in the 80th minute.
“We are bitterly disappointed to concede the penalty,” added Rodgers, making his first return to Anfield since 2015.
“I think Sadio Mane made the most of the contact. I don’t think if it had not been given by the referee it would have been overturned by VAR. When the referee gives decisions it is hard for them to overrule it.”
Maddison, who scored with Leicester’s only shot on target, said the penalty was “very soft”, adding: “I don’t think the contact warrants the way Sadio Mane went down.”