Liverpool drew 0-0 with Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday but could have won 1-0 if a penalty had been awarded late on for a handball inside the box.
Nobody likes to hear about fans or players complaining about decisions that didn’t go their way but the fact is, Liverpool were unfortunate not to beat Stoke City after Andre Marriner refused to award a penalty for an Erik Pieters’ handball.
Georginio Wijnaldum found himself inside the box and fired a cross toward Alberto Moreno who was unmarked but the Stoke defender’s arm got in the way of the ball and the away side escaped punishment.
After protesting to the linesman and then running after Marriner a few seconds later, Wijnaldum was booked for his remonstrations but Jordan Henderson feels the referee cost Liverpool the game.
An angry Henderson told Sky Sports after the match: “In the second half we created enough to win the game. We should have won it comfortably.
“It looked like a clear penalty in play and I’ve just looked back on the tele and it’s blatant. If he doesn’t touch it with his hand it’s a goal.
“It’s a really poor decision from the referee and linesman, it’s cost us three points.”
Although Mo Salah missed a golden opportunity in the first half at 0-0 in the 86th minute, not awarding a stonewall penalty cost the home side the chance to secure the three points.
Stoke boss Paul Lambert completely disagreed with Henderson’s version of events and made this clear in a post-match interview.
“Listen if that is a penalty we may as well all just have left,” he told BBC Sport. “It is never a penalty.
“You can understand Jurgen’s frustration about it but it’s no penalty.”