Graeme Souness slams officials over Mohamed Salah goal in West Brom loss v Liverpool
Graeme Souness believes Liverpool’s equaliser should have been ruled out before they eventually scored a late winner to beat West Brom 2-1 on Sunday evening.
Goalkeeper Alisson was the hero for the visitors at The Hawthorns as he rose highest to head home in the dying embers of the game.
Albion had a goal ruled out earlier in the second half after offside Matt Phillips was adjudged to be affecting Alisson’s line of sight as Kyle Bartley tapped in at the back post.
But that wasn’t the only controversy of the game as Souness took aim at referee Mike Dean on Sky Sports over Liverpool’s first-half goal that was scored by Mohamed Salah, after Liverpool were awarded a free-kick in the build-up.
“Sam will be fuming, he’s got to be, that goal shouldn’t happen that way,” he said.
“I don’t know what the referee’s thinking.
“That should have been a drop ball and I’m not sure that should even be uncontested, I think that’s a drop ball between two players.”
Deflecting from defence
The incident referred to by Souness involved Liverpool midfielder Fabinho who was in possession of the ball when Dean obstructed him.
Instead of an uncontested drop ball he handed the Brazilian a free-kick from which they eventually scored from in the same passage of play.
We’re awaiting official confirmation about why Dean awarded a ‘free-kick’ but even if it is an uncontested drop ball surely that doesn’t change much.
Liverpool still had possession of the ball and they weren’t in a really threatening part of the pitch.
Okay, we might have stole a few seconds but there should be more questions marks about our defending that led to Salah’s goal.
More to the point, it was Grady Diangana’s wayward pass that ceded possession back to them after we retrieved it near our penalty box.
Big Sam will surely be having words with the 23-year-old for that.
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