BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton has questioned whether Liverpool have been getting “favourable decisions” this season after yesterday’s clash against Southampton at Anfield.
The Reds defeated Southampton 4-0 in the Premier League thanks to goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah.
The victory against the Saints gives the Reds a 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The game wasn’t as straightforward for Liverpool as the scoreline does suggest. Before Oxlade-Chamberlain scored Liverpool’s first goal of the match, Southampton forward Danny Ings was denied a penalty.
It appeared that Reds midfielder Fabinho had tackled the Englishman quite late in the box, but the penalty was not given.
Sutton believes the referee made a clear error, and with that being the case, he has questioned if Liverpool have been getting “favourable decisions” for the entirety of this season.
“I totally agree [with a Southampton fan being annoyed at his team not being awarded a penalty],” Sutton said on BBC Sport.
“It was a penalty. I have seen the clip back. Fabinho caught him. He didn’t dive, Danny Ings. Why don’t they go back and look at it? Why? Isn’t this the clear and obvious one?
“Mark Clattenburg was with me in the studio and he said ‘why on earth don’t they just go and look at the monitor because that would clear it all up. Even if he didn’t give it at that point. But he’s being overruled by Stockley Park.
“Let’s hear from Liverpool fans. Are you getting favourable decisions? Are you the new Manchester United?
“They [Man Utd] had that period didn’t they in the 90s’, I think it was for about 10 years when they went without a penalty being awarded against them? There wasn’t a penalty awarded.”
It was a difficult call for the referee. If there was contact, it was minimal. The reality is, however, Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino should have been awarded a penalty in the first-half.
That was ignored, and it was more of a penalty than the one Southampton were denied.