Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has said that Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty in the first half of their 3-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
The incident in question took place from a Reds corner, which was swung in before Magpies defender Jamaal Lascelles appeared to pull Joel Matip down with his arms.
Referee Andre Marriner waved away appeals from the hosts but Jurgen Klopp’s side – who recovered from a goal down to earn a comfortable victory in the end – should have had a chance to score another goal according to Gallagher.
“The positioning of referee Andre Marriner is where you’d expect him to be for a corner,” the former official told Sky Sports News. “He obviously didn’t think there was enough contact, he can tell that. But I think it was a penalty, others don’t.
“It is more difficult for the assistant because he’s got a flat look at it. In incidents like that, you want to be looking sideways on to see the impact. If a subjective decision goes to VAR, it has to meet their threshold.
“I can’t tell you what that is but it hasn’t met it for overturning, so the assistant at Stockley Park can’t give a penalty.”
Liverpool turn their attention to the defence of their Champions League crown on Tuesday when they travel to Napoli in the first of their six Group E games.
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