Liverpool had it all to do at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The Reds faced a Manchester United side up for the challenge.
Jurgen Klopp’s men also had to contend with a biased refereeing display of the highest order from Martin Atkinson.
The game eventually ended in a draw, but Liverpool fans will feel hard done by after we faced some terrible calls.
Martin Atkinson’s most obvious mistake was allowing United’s opening goal to stand. Marcus Rashford tucked home from a Daniel James cross to make it 1-0 after 36 minutes.
The referee missed a foul as Divock Origi went down under the challenge of a Manchester player.
Red’s fans had hoped a VAR check would rule out the goal but apparently kicking a player in the calf is not a clear and obvious error, the goal stood.
The decision summed up one of the worst refereeing decisions you’ll ever see. Every debatable decision went Manchester United’s way and Liverpool where lucky it didn’t cost them dearly.
Martin Atkinson’s performance was a massive point of topic on social media.
Here’s some of the reaction to his poor performance at Old Trafford.
Anfield Agenda gave this impassioned reaction to Manchester United’s opening goal.
Martin Atkinson is a disgrace pic.twitter.com/QeVl4xnTZa
— Anfield Agenda (@AnfieldAgenda) October 20, 2019
One fan was on hand with some amazing stats from the game that prove just how bias the referee was.
— LFC (@RockyKlopp) October 20, 2019
This Liverpool fan joked about Martin Atkinson re-joining his United teammates after the game.
— Irvin_ (@LfcOkx) October 20, 2019
Scouse comedian Adam Rowe didn’t see the funny side and let his Twitter followers exactly what he thinks of the ref.
Martin Atkinson is a fucking disgrace.
— Adam Rowe (@adamrowecomedy) October 20, 2019
This Reds fan pointed out how Martin Atkinson has cost us big before.
Martin Atkinson cost Liverpool the league last season with his shameful decision not to give Keita a penalty vs Leicester, he is sabotaging it again this season
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) October 20, 2019
Ricky Mann pretty much sums the referees performance up in just one tweet.
Martin Atkinson has been an absolute disgrace that 1st half. Foul on a Liverpool player, play on, same foul on a Utd player, free kick. It's so blatant its shocking
— Ricky Mann (@RickyMann4) October 20, 2019