Adama Lallana was sent off in the Liverpool Under-23s game against Tottenham on Monday, but will escape any first-team punishment, according to a report.
However, Liverpool fans are not amused by his on-pitch reaction and feel he’s lucky to avoid more serious punishment.
Lallana reacted badly to an aerial challenge with Spurs player George Marsh and was shown a straight red card after grabbing the young midfielder round the neck.
Sky Sports has reported that the player will not receive a first-team ban as any punishment will be confined to the Under-23s competition.
Lallana is still on the comeback trail after spending the majority of this season out with a hamstring injury.
And while he won’t face a first-team ban, not being able to play for the Under-23s could hamper his recovery as he looks to regain match fitness.
Irrespective, Liverpool fans are not impressed with his behaviour, with one saying that he should have been setting an example to the younger players that were looking up to him.
Here is a selection of the best reactions from Liverpool fans:
Really horrible from Lallana.
— Chief (@chief_J96) February 6, 2018
Lallana (rightly) only banned for U23 matches. Makes logical sense as that is the competition it was given in, otherwise it makes a right mess of what matches count during the suspension. https://t.co/jPlY417xzV pic.twitter.com/MIlRXBNESi
— Liam Corcoran (@LiamCorcoran28) February 6, 2018
As a Liverpool fan I agree with you! He should be banned for 3 games! Can not condone this sort of behaviour!
— Steve Foster (@Stevefoster187) February 6, 2018
If the punishments go into prem games clubs aren’t going to sanction them to play, who loses out then? The youngsters. Just leave it as it is
— Loopyluke (@Loopyluke1) February 6, 2018
Jim , not right but when someone is kicking lumps out of you , injuries in the back of his mind , you can make mistakes, U23s is a different level so don’t be silly
— Paul LFC (@2tea2toast) February 6, 2018
The more I see of the Lallana red the more embarrassing it is. Screams of a jumped up pro thinking he is something special, taking the jump with a youngster having the audacity to challenge him….Tit.
— Stu (@Kopstu) February 6, 2018
And yes, Lallana lost his plot completely and should be punished accordingly. How about that LFC haters? 😎
— Marek Halys (@75Maro75) February 6, 2018
He should of been a inspiration to the young players on both sides I bet most of the team loved the fact Adam lallana was on the pitch and he went and did that its not on no matter how good he is I said the same about
count Suarez the vampire he was quality but that was bad to
— Will turner (@William47212509) February 6, 2018
Lallana's situation same as Wilshere's last year. He'll get a 3 match non 1st team ban. It won't affect his availability for 1st team. Fact he actually assaulted the kid was just unacceptable in my eyes. He's meant to be the mature one in that exchange. very poor & inexcusable
— The Advocate (@TheAceOfKnaves7) February 6, 2018