Liverpool fans were left sickened at the weekend. The Reds were comfortable winners at Elland Road but the victory came at a terrible price. There has been plenty said about the incident. Ex-Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has weighed in on the Pascal Struijk red card in the Leeds United v Liverpool game.
Leeds United 0-3 Liverpool
Two titans of the English game met on Sunday afternoon and the result was as expected.
Liverpool cruised to victory at Elland Road with Jürgen Klopp’s side in fine fettle.
Mo Salah tapped home the visitors’ opener thanks to a typically pinpoint cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Reds remained on top and five minutes into the second half Fabinho doubled the lead when he stabbed home from a corner.
Sadio Mane rounded off the scoring two minutes into added time.
Dermot Gallagher on red card in Leeds v Liverpool
The second half saw the game fade into insignificance.
On the hour mark Pascal Struijk lept two footed from behind into the back of Harvey Elliott.
The result was immediately obvious. Mo Salah looked horrified.
The teenager had dislocated his ankle and medical staff flooded the pitch.
Many have said that it wasn’t a red card. How?
Ex-Premier League ref Dermot Gallagher has said the Leeds United player deserved to be sent off against Liverpool, telling Sky Sports:
“I don’t think Struijk had any intention whatsoever to cause any injury to this boy. I make that very clear. It was a very unfortunate injury, but I think the referee sees that challenge: Struijk goes in from behind, and then the outcome of it.
“You’ve got to be very careful to keep the two separate, but, in this instance, you look at it and the result and it’s very difficult to say it isn’t a red card for that injury.”
What RTK has to say
Of course he didn’t mean to hurt Harvey, particularly in the manner in which he did.
However, that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t reckless. He was extremely reckless.
The referee got it right, if you think otherwise then who knows what sport you want to be watching.