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Liverpool Somehow Got A Free-Kick For Naby Keita Grazing His Studs On Douglas Luiz's Ankle And Foot

Daniel Marland

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Liverpool Somehow Got A Free-Kick For Naby Keita Grazing His Studs On Douglas Luiz's Ankle And Foot

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Liverpool were given a free-kick against Aston Villa, despite Naby Keita's clear foul on Douglas Luiz before his handball.

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The Reds ran out 2-1 winners at Villa Park to keep their Premier League title hopes alive, but referee Jon Moss' performance was the main talking point.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard wasn't pleased with his officiating and it's quite clear to see why.

During the first half, Keita and Luiz battled away in midfield and Keita caught the Brazil international on the ankle and then his foot.

Luiz went down and grabbed the ball in protest and Moss decided to overlook the foul and give handball against the Villa man.

A strange decision. Moss was also criticised for not spotting an offside in Villa's opener, with Ollie Watkins clearly behind the Reds defence.

Fans have reacted to the Keita and Luiz incident and you can understand why they're outraged.

One commented: "Pep was right... 'Everyone in EPL love Liverpool.'"

Another said: "Thats still a foul lol, contact sport =/= you can step on people."

A third tweeted: "Robbery, Liverpool keeps getting away with it."

While someone put: "Keita isn't even ashamed."

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

It was actually Luiz who gave Villa the lead inside three minutes after a fast and frantic start.

Liverpool would be level two minutes later however as Joel Matip turned home a Virgil van Dijk pass.

Sadio Mane headed home the winner in the 65th minute from Luis Diaz's cross to put Liverpool level on points with Manchester City at the top.

One concern could be the fitness of Fabinho.

The 28-year-old was substituted with a suspected thigh injury with the FA Cup final against Chelsea days away.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Andy Robertson was missing from the matchday squad but manager Jurgen Klopp insisted the latter was only given a rest.

When discussing Fabinho, Klopp admitted: "I don’t know [how bad it is]. He felt the muscle, not too much.

"He is quite positive but I’m not sure what I can make of that, to be honest. We will see.

"I think the rest came through without problems."

Topics: Liverpool, Naby Keita, Aston Villa, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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