LIVERPOOL were denied a late penalty in their goalless encounter against Stoke for this handball from Erik Pieters. After beating Roma 5-2 in the Champions League semi-final first leg in midweek, Liverpool hosted relegation-threatened Stoke at Anfield today.
However, Liverpool couldn’t find a way past the resilient Potters and were held to a goalless draw against Paul Lambert’s side.
Mohamed Salah missed a glorious opportunity to fire his side in front after just five minutes when his chipped effort went wide of the post.
But it was a penalty appeal late on which has left many Liverpool fans feeling aggrieved.
Liverpool players and Andre Marriner AFP
Liverpool appealed for handball but Andre Marriner dismissed their claims
Potters star Pieters was seen handling the ball in the area and Liverpool desperately appealed for a spot-kick.
However, Andre Marriner waved away Liverpool’s plea for a penalty much to the dismay of the Anfield faithful.
“Clear penalty, but we should be clear winners against a bottom ranked team,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another said: “Bleeding stonewall penalty. Left arm away from Pieters body which stops a goalscoring opportunity. Match officials terrible today.
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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believed at was a stonewall penalty.
“For me it looked a pen, a clear one,” he said.
“I said a few time in games like this, maybe in the Champions League against Manchester City we were lucky, in the Premier League, not one time.
“We should have got more penalties, we don’t have them.”
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