Simon Mignolet Somehow Avoids a Red Card in Stoke vs Liverpool Game
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet somehow managed to escape being sent off tonight in the club's match against Stoke City - despite taking a player clean out when through on goal.
Jurgen Klopp's men travelled to the Bet365 Stadium knowing they could return to the Premier League's top-four if results went their way and it wasn't too long before Sadio Mane's clever turn and finish had them 1-0 ahead.
All in all, Liverpool dominated the proceedings in the first-half, with Stoke failing to register a shot on target, however, they'll feel mightily let down by the referee's decision not to dismiss Mignolet just before the break.
With Mame Diouf bearing down on goal, the Belgian goalkeeper rushes from his line and sweeps the striker's leg away on the edge of the penalty area - and was promptly shown a yellow card:
Should the Liverpool goalkeeper have been dismissed for this challenge on Mame Biram Diouf? Image: Premier League
Mignolet gets away with a certain red card in the Stoke v Liverpool game. He can't even get sent off properly.- Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 29, 2017
Mignolet is so lucky to be on the field by the way. It's a red card. 100%. Nothing else needs to be said.- Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) November 29, 2017
2 big opportunities wasted by Solanke and mane,- Declan Corcoran (@declan_corcoran) November 29, 2017
How on earth is Mignolet still on that pitch if that is not a red card I don't know what is.
Need a big second half
Solanke misses a very decent chance, could potentially call it a sitter. Mignolet should probably get a red card straight after for a shocking rush and challenge.- Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) November 29, 2017
Atkinson bottled that, absolute stick on red card for Mignolet- Con (@ObstinateCon) November 29, 2017
Mignolet should not be a red card:- This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) November 29, 2017
Rules introduced in 2016:
"It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball."
It's worth bearing in mind that if Diouf gets away from Mignolet, he has an empty net to tap the ball into - surely that's denying a goal-scoring opportunity, no?
Mohamed Salah would come off the bench to add another two goals for Jurgen Klopp's side in the second half to secure all three points for the Reds in a 3-0 victory.
Mignolet takes a lot of stick from Liverpool fans at times - and he could've been in for a lot more had the referee not spared him there.
Do you think it's a red?
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