The controversy surrounding Liverpool’s unlucky defeat in Naples rumbles on. The Reds were unfortunate to leave Italy without a point. Jürgen Klopp’s side battled valiantly against Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Napoli were awarded a widely disputed penalty at a time when the visitors looked more likely to score. Jose Callejon knocked the ball past Andy Robertson then threw himself to the ground, buying a penalty from the referee. Pundit Chris Sutton has had his say on the Napoli penalty.
Speaking in his Daily Mail column, the ex Celtic star said, “Liverpool were unfortunate because Napoli were given a helping hand by referee Felix Brych, who awarded them that late penalty”. The former striker’s comments will make him a popular man on the red half of Merseyside, a half that are still reeling from the injustice of Tuesday’s decision. He was emphatic in his assessment of the Napoli player’s role in the incident: “I’m sorry, but that was not a foul by Andrew Robertson. It was simulation by Jose Callejon.”
Kopites were hoping that the on pitch decision would be overturned upon a VAR review. The video assistant can only overturn decisions when they are deemed to be a “clear and obvious error”, for some reason a referee giving a penalty for a dive is not a clear and obvious error. Sutton summed the episode up, saying “It’s cheating. He’s already going to ground and initiated the contact.”
Liverpool are set to face Chelsea this weekend and will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s game. Despite defeat Jürgen Klopp’s side can take encouragement from the game, they played well until the Napoli penalty, a sentiment that Sutton agrees with as he added: “Liverpool were hard done by.”