LIVERPOOL felt referee Anthony Taylor took pity on Manchester United and could have sent off FIVE players during Sunday’s heated clash, according to reports.
Paul Pogba was sent off for a horror lunge on Naby Keita, but Liverpool allegedly feel Man Utd escaped further punishmentCredit: Reuters
Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to escape a red card after appearing to kick out at Curtis JonesCredit: Reuters
Paul Pogba was shown a straight red for a horror lunge on Naby Keita just 15 minutes after coming off the bench.
And now, a source close to Jurgen Klopp has allegedly told The Athletic the German boss was frustrated only one players was sent off.
In fact, the Kop boss is claimed to believe FIVE United flops could easily have been sent for an early bath by Manchester-born ref Taylor.
Klopp is said to feel Fred should have been given a red for a head-high challenge on Keita shortly before he was taken off on a stretcher following Pogba’s hack.
The source told The Athletic: “There could have been five red cards for United in total.
“[Antoine] Griezmann got a red card for doing the same thing on Bobby [Firmino] in the previous game. Where’s the consistency?”
Pogba was not initially sent off for his wild lunge and was only shown yellow by Taylor.
However, the booking was upgraded to a sending off following a VAR check.
Ronaldo was booked for his actions, while Bruno Fernandes also only saw yellow for a frustrated hack on Jones.
Harry Maguire slid into the back of Diogo Jota on the edge of the box and was lucky to escape further punishment.
Ultimately, it turned out to be as easy an afternoon as any Liverpool player, coach or fan could ever have dreamed.
Keita gave the Reds the lead after just five minutes, before Jota made it 2-0 with just 13 minutes on the clock.
Mohamed Salah then scored twice before half-time, before completing his hat-trick just minutes into the second period.
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