Sunday saw Liverpool robbed of a vital three points as they drew 1-1 with Man United. The Reds weren’t at their best but the fact remains that Jürgen Klopp’s side scored a legitimate goal whilst United’s opener should have been disallowed. The referee deemed it fair that Victor Lindelof kicked Divock Origi in the build up to Marcus Rashford’s goal, VAR didn’t rule it a clear and obvious error that the ref didn’t blow up. Upon closer inspection, there is a shocking pattern that proves that Martin Atkinson shouldn’t referee Liverpool games in future.
Atkinson frankly cost the Reds the league last season. He took charge when Liverpool drew with Leicester City, Everton and Manchester City, add in the weekend draw with Man United and there is an undeniable pattern of us dropping points when he is in charge. There is one incident in particular which made all the difference in the title race.
On the 30th of January, Liverpool welcomed Leicester City to Anfield. The game ended 1-1. The result was marred by a couple of monumental refereeing errors by Martin Atkinson. In the first half, a ball was slid behind the Leicester City defence, Sadio Mane set after it before he was pulled back by Harry Maguire. The Senegalese winger was through on goal if he hadn’t been brought down, there was no attempt for the ball, it was a clear red card. However, Atkinson only gave him a yellow – Maguire went on to lay on the Foxes’ equaliser.
In the second half, Naby Keita was charging through on goal when he chopped down in the box. It was clear as day. His heels were clipped by the Foxes defender and yet Atkinson didn’t give the penalty. Two huge errors that cost the Reds two points which would have seen them win the league.
Couple these errors with those made during the weekend’s game with United and there is a shocking pattern emerging of him getting huge calls wrong when in charge of the reds. Martin Atkinson shouldn’t referee Liverpool in future.