Alan Shearer critical of Sadio Mane for ‘very soft’ Liverpool penalty

Date published: Sunday 6th October 2019 12:45

Alan Shearer has said that he thinks Liverpool shouldn’t have been awarded a last-minute penalty in their 2-1 win over Leicester on Saturday.

After Mane’s opening goal in the first half and James Maddison’s equaliser after the break, Mane went down under a challenge from Marc Albrighton and referee Chris Kavanagh awarded the Reds a penalty which James Milner slotted home.

The result, which is Liverpool’s 17th successive Premier League win, maintains the club’s perfect start to the top flight campaign but speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer insisted the hosts were fortunate to be given the spot-kick late on.

“No, I don’t think it’s a penalty. I think it’s a dive,” the pundit said. “Very, very, very soft.

 

 

“He takes a touch and then decides to go down, it’s a delayed reaction. He takes the touch and then decides, no I’m going to go down so I don’t think that’s a penalty.”

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp praised Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester outfit after the game, saying it will be tough for other teams to take points off the Foxes.

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