What Actually Happened Between Ayoze Perez And Andy Robertson
Liverpool's tight win over Leicester City ended with handbags as Ayoze Perez had to be separated from several Reds' players and the footage shows what actually happened.
The game wasn't a live television match but Sky Sports Soccer Saturday caught the action at the end of the game. With the final whistle having been blown Perez was face-to-face with a group of Liverpool players.
More Leicester players soon joined the fray, some to split it up, but no one could be sure what happened. Now we can see that it started with Robertson celebrating the win brushing past the former Newcastle United forward, who didn't take it well.
Perez shoves the full-back who then sticks his elbow towards the Leicester man's throat and the ensuing handbags commences with Ricardo Pereira and Youri Tielemans the chief break up men.
What was Perez playing at shoving Robertson in the back? :angry: pic.twitter.com/R88aE9wpZB- SNM (@JackCook95) October 6, 2019
Tension was no doubt already running high in what was probably Jurgen Klopp's side's biggest test in the Premier League so far this season.
The Reds' 100% record was under threat after Leicester had equalised through James Maddison in the 80th minute and looked to have earned a point.
Late in injury time though Marc Albrighton was adjudged to have fouled Sadio Mane in the box, though there was some controversy with claims the Senegal forward dived, and James Milner slotted home the resulting penalty in the 95th minute, giving them all three points.
After the match Klopp confirmed it was his player's celebration that annoyed Perez, saying, "Andy Robertson celebrated on final whistle and pushed [Perez], which he probably didn't expect, which he was annoyed at."
Leicester boss Rodgers played down the incident as 'nothing' but he did bemoan the penalty decision saying, "It did not look clear and obvious to me. We are bitterly disappointed to concede the penalty. 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."
The win means Liverpool's perfect start to the season continues and they are eight points clear of Manchester City, ahead of Pep Guardiola's team's game with Wolves on Sunday, heading into the October international break.
When they return from the break they travel to Old Trafford to face fierce rivals Manchester United.
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