Liverpool Legend Aldridge Laments Impact of Controversial Referee Calls


Liverpool Legend Aldridge Laments Impact of Controversial Referee Calls

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Liverpool Icon John Aldridge once again voices his frustration with refereeing in the aftermath of Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Brighton. While Aldridge acknowledges that the result may have been fair, he remains critical of several contentious decisions during the match.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge laments, “It seems like another Premier League weekend, another instance where decisions didn’t go our way. I thought Anthony Taylor’s performance on Sunday in our match against Brighton was decent, but it left us with lingering doubts about officiating.”

He goes on to dissect specific incidents, starting with the Virgil van Dijk handball appeal, asserting that it wasn’t a penalty due to the ball’s deflection off the defender’s leg onto his hand, leaving no room for debate. Aldridge also highlights a contentious moment involving Liverpool’s penalty and the lack of a card for Brighton’s Pascal Gross, who denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Drawing from his own experience as a former Tranmere Rovers player, Aldridge recalls a similar incident during a League Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, where he was brought down by the goalkeeper but no red card was shown, despite the rulebook calling for it. He emphasizes the importance of adhering to the rules and expresses surprise that Gross didn’t even receive a yellow card for his challenge on Dominik Szoboszlai, urging VAR referee Craig Pawson to intervene.

Aldridge concludes by acknowledging that Liverpool may not have deserved to win the game and that a draw could be seen as a fair outcome. However, he reiterates the frustration of Liverpool’s ongoing struggles with questionable officiating decisions that impact their matches.


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