The Reds were extremely unlucky to lose last night. Not in the least because the pivotal moment of the game was a glaring refereeing error. Jose Callejon lept to the ground and into Andy Robertson on his way down, the referee for some reason saw this as just cause to award a Napoli penalty. The incident was reviewed by VAR but was determined to not have been a “clear and obvious error” despite the penalty decision being a very clear and very obvious error. The Reds missed their own chances and could’ve had their own penalty when Mo Salah refused to go down in the first half.
The Napoli penalty determined the game. There has been much controversy surrounding the decision with the general consensus being that it should never have been given. Liverpool have every right to feel aggrieved as the game was finely balanced up until that point and in the last 10 minutes before the incident, Jürgen Klopp’s boys had looked the more likely to score.
Twitter has reacted to the farce, with football fans from all over out to voice their opinion on diving, VAR and the good omens associated with losing away to Napoli.
Sports writer Paul Tomkins was exasperated by the decision, pointing out how Liverpool had a much better shout for a spot kick in the first half
I thought Napoli defended superbly at times, but Koulibaly was done like a kipper by Salah and Mo should have gone down. Manolas also made biggest gaffe of match but keeper rescued him. Reds had genuine penalty ignored and Napoli won phantom penalty. Shit happens !
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) September 17, 2019
Italian beIN Sports journalist Tancredi Palmeri was quick to say his compatriots had gotten very fortunate with the decision.
Was never penalty for Napoli
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) September 17, 2019
Reds fans were keen to keep morale high, encouraging the team to just crack on with the next game.
Napoli are our kryptonite, horrible place to play at with a shite pitch which we never play well on, missed a few chances. Never a pen. Shit results happen, we win the next game it’s sound.
— Lüke (@LukeWhosTalking) September 17, 2019
VAR failed in more way than one for Liverpool as it didn’t bring back the penalty for a retake, as this account highlighted.
The pen vs Liverpool today should have been retaken because of the Napoli player inside the area in the top right corner. another VAR mistake pic.twitter.com/v3rtPjJDEq
— FPL Cheater (@OutdoorRc) September 17, 2019
Outlet Futhead poked fun at the theatrics.
— Futhead (@Futhead) September 17, 2019
One Red got it right, just look for silver linings.
Hahahah the fuck was that pen decision. Losing away to Napoli is a good luck charm anyway.
— Mac Grimes (@6dutch) September 17, 2019
Sometimes you just need to drown your sorrows.
Never ever EVER a fucking pen. And without the pen the second doesn’t happen.
Still, I had 6 pints on a Tuesday watching the champions of europe and the premier league leaders –
So fuck Napoli and their half full stadium… pic.twitter.com/tfgdlop0CP
— John Dickinson (@DickotheRed) September 17, 2019
And of course, there were conspiracy theorists that have watched way to many films.
Decent performance but poor result in Napoli. Hopefully it won’t matter. It happens. After the magnificent dive was reviewed and still awarded as a pen last night you do have to wonder who was was operating the VAR. pic.twitter.com/itOEFIDDod
— Shaun Sutton (@theshaunsutton) September 18, 2019