The penalty awarded to Everton at Anfield on Saturday has divided loads of opinion – together with between former Liverpool teammates Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher.
Everton have been a aim to the nice when Dominic Calvert-Lewin raced via one on one with Alisson late on.
The Liverpool stopper was equal to Calvert-Lewin’s strike, however referee Chris Kavanagh rapidly pointed to the penalty spot when the Everton striker tumbled to the turf contained in the field.
Reds’ full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold had been chasing again in a bid to dam the shot, although was a second too late as he missed the ball and slid in entrance of Calvert-Lewin.
While no contact was constructed from his preliminary slide sort out, Calvert-Lewin then tripped over Alexander-Arnold when the Liverpool defender was sat on the ground.
The Toffees’ striker’s knee had made contact with the again of Alexander-Arnold’s head, although the right-back hadn’t helped his trigger by elevating his leg as if to journey his opponent when he was already on the best way down.
Even after a swift session with the VAR pitchside monitor, ref Kavanagh caught together with his authentic resolution to award the foul, and Owen was in settlement.
“I believed it was a penalty as effectively,” the ex-Liverpool forward told Premier League Productions.
“I feel you possibly can see there Trent Alexander-Arnold hooks his leg up, he lifts it up and he nearly hooks him down, and I believed it was a penalty as effectively.”
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It’s been a particularly attention-grabbing begin to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s males.
They bought their title defence off to a shaky begin as they edged out a seven-goal thriller towards Leeds, earlier than going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by harm within the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites wanting far much less safe on the again – particularly with Alisson’s harm worries too.
But there is no slowing down in what’s going to be a busy marketing campaign – with Klopp making certain his males proceed at full tempo as they bid for extra title glory.
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However, there was loads of uproar over the choice, with many believing Calvert-Lewin was in charge for failing to sidestep Alexander-Arnold – with Carragher being certainly one of them.
“The referee’s given a penalty but, when you see Trent, I’m not sure what he’s supposed to do,” Carragher advised Sky Sports.
“He’s there and he runs over him. I think that’s very harsh for a penalty, I really do.
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“Trent’s got to put a challenge in and it’s just that follow-through from Calvert-Lewin.
“I’m unsure what Trent’s presupposed to do. Maybe you might argue it isn’t the fault of Calvert-Lewin that Trent’s in his manner however I feel it is very harsh.”
He added: “You do not see that always – you do not see a referee requested to have a look at a call and very not often preserve his resolution.
“I think it’s a very harsh one.”