Graeme Souness says Liverpool ‘got away with one’ after Fulham are denied a penalty as fans rage following a coming together between Fabinho and Ivan Cavaleiro
- Graeme Souness says Liverpool ‘got away with’ not conceding a penalty
- Fabinho brought down Ivan Cavaleiro in the first half of Sunday’s encounter
- However, Andre Marriner did not overturn the decision when asked by VAR
- Souness says that the incident was a ‘clear’ penalty against his former club
The Cottagers had a claim for a spot kick during the first half of their Premier League encounter after the Liverpool star appeared to go through Portuguese winger Cavaleiro to win the ball.
Marriner initially awarded Fulham a corner and VAR advised the official to review the incident on the pitchside monitor but the official decided not to award the west London club a penalty.
Graeme Souness believes Liverpool ‘got away with’ not conceding a penalty to Fulham
Fulham had a penalty shout denied after an incident between Fabinho and Ivan Cavaleiro
And Reds icon Souness believes that his former club were fortunate not to have conceded a spot kick to Scott Parker’s outfit.
‘I think it is a penalty,’ Souness said on Sky Sports. ‘I think when we see the challenge coming in he actually takes the Fulham player’s leg so he can’t plant it on the ground.
‘I think Liverpool have got away with one there. Watch, he makes contact with the foot first which knocks his foot away from being able to plant it on the ground and he [Cavaliero] ends up kicking the ball out of play.
‘I think he [Marriner] has got enough time [to review the incident]. This is clear and obvious to me, if he sees that angle there he has made contact with the Fulham player’s leg and that prevents him from planting his left leg to cross the ball with his right leg.’
And Liverpool icon Souness says his former side should have conceded a spot kick on Sunday
Football fans agreed that the champions were fortunate not to have been punished for the foul
Meanwhile, fans have reacted to the decision, with many expressing their disbelief in the Cottagers being denied a penalty.
‘Stone wall for me, can’t believe VAR didn’t give that. Liverpool get given those all the time,’ said one user.
‘Referee made a bad mistake, that was a penalty,’ another user wrote. ‘The Liverpool player kicked the Fulham players foot/leg before any contact with the ball, VAR and the referee have failed us again!’
‘Wow I’ve just seen the penalty that wasn’t given against Liverpool. Disgusting officiating and how didn’t VAR reverse the decision?’ another fan said.
One fan added: ‘In this VAR era this was a Penalty for me, think Liverpool got away with one there’.