Fans have been left raging with the official’s decision making in Liverpool’s clash against Bournemouth after shocking decisions marred the result.
After last season’s 9-0 win in this fixture for the Reds, not much was expected from Bournemouth, but the Cherries silenced Anfield after the visitors made an electric start.
Bournemouth first saw a goal disallowed for offside against Jaidon Anthony with a minute on the clock, but just two minutes later the Cherries had the ball in the back of the net again through Antoine Semenyo in a real turn up for the books.
Andoni Iraola’s joy was short lived though as Luis Diaz equalised for the Reds, before the game was cruelly taken away from Bournemouth following a soft decision to award a penalty after Dominik Szoboszlai was deemed to be fouled in the penalty area.
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Liverpool’s new £60million midfielder backed up Joe Rothwell into the 18-yard box before jinking away from the midfielder who left an outstretched leg for the Reds ace to throw himself over.
The ensuing penalty saw Neto save Mo Salah’s spot kick before the Egyptian finished the rebound to put Liverpool into the lead that they didn’t relinquish.
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And fans were quick to argue the decision on Twitter, with one comment saying: “Never a pen but ofc bc it’s Liverpool.”
A second said: “No penalty….seen a few angles and he dives…. LiVARpool getting the decisions yet again.” With a third saying: “10/10 for the dive. Marvellous. Cheats.”
But soon, Liverpool fans found themselves aggrieved at Thomas Bramall’s decision as he sent off Alexis Mac Allister on his Anfield debut on the hour mark.
The Argentine arrived late to a bouncing ball and left his foot hanging in the air before making contact with Ryan Christie who cleared the ball away for the visitors.
Mac Allister was shown a straight red card and was left visibly shocked from the challenge that was by no means dangerous or malicious, and unsurprisingly left Reds fans furious on Twitter that the decision wasn’t referred to VAR.
One comment said: “That isn’t a red card lol.” With a second commenting: “Never a red! This is awful.”
Whilst a Liverpool fan bit back at the cries from Liverpool receiving a favourable decision in the first half, saying: “But the referees are with us. Right?”
But nerves were once again settled minutes later when Diogo Jota pounced on the rebound from Szoboszlai’s strike, which was pushed out by Neto, to turn the ball into the net and extend the Reds' lead to 3-1.
It was far from the romp that Liverpool enjoyed in this fixture last season but the Reds reacted perfectly to an early scare to take control of the game and pick up their first win of the season.
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