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When Divock Origi Went Down Holding The Wrong Leg After 'Foul' From Victor Lindelof

Ryan Sidle

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When Divock Origi Went Down Holding The Wrong Leg After 'Foul' From Victor Lindelof

Liverpool striker Divock Origi came in for plenty of stick in 2019, when football fans pointed out that he went down in pain - but holding the wrong leg - after apparently being fouled by Victor Lindelof.

Manchester United's league game against their rivals back in October 2019 burst into life in the 36th minute when Marcus Rashford put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side ahead after an excellent counter-attack.

Wild celebrations were soon halted as referee Martin Atkinson called on VAR to check a foul on Origi by Lindelof in the build up. Much to the annoyance of the visitors, the foul wasn't deemed obvious enough to overturn the goal.

There were suggestions that Origi made a lot of the contact, which may have gone in his favour, and one United fan took to social media to suggest the Belgian was trying to oversell the incident and in doing so held the wrong leg in pain.

It wasn't the first time there was controversy over VAR's use in a goal during a Liverpool game in the 2019/20 season (which belatedly ended with the Reds lifting the Premier League title by a massive margin).

Against Leicester on October 5, Jurgen Klopp's side were given a 95th-minute penalty after a foul on Sadio Mane.

The incident was checked by VAR and stood, despite the Foxes complaining there was minimal contact on the forward and he seemed to go down later than he should.

Leicester fans also pointed out that Mane had also held the 'other' foot to the one contact was made with.

Certainly the foul on Origi against Man United looked more clear-cut than a possible dive by Mane and Klopp's team could probably justifiably feel hard done by.

The eventual 1-1 draw with United ended their perfect start to the season and stopped Liverpool from equalling Manchester City's 18-match winning run. Although it didn't interrupt a dominant, title-winning season.

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Origi came into the side for the injured Mo Salah and despite the Belgian's heroics in the Champions League semi-final and final in 2018/19, it's likely the Egyptian would have had more of an impact of the game.

But at least Origi gave both sets of fans plenty to talk about post-match with his odd reaction to Lindelof's challenge.

Topics: Liverpool, Victor Lindelof, Manchester United, Premier League, Divock Origi

Ryan Sidle
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