By Keith Hackett

16th May, 2022 | 5:00pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Diogo Jota should get extended ban as Liverpool 'karate kick' analysed - 'Oh, Jesus'

Diogo Jota should have been sent off for a “karate kick” as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-1 last week (10 May), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League claimed Jota’s challenge on Ezri Konsa as Liverpool scored their equalising goal should have been “penalised”.

Trent Alexander-Arnold floated in a free-kick and with the ball bouncing around in the box, the 25-year-old went in with his studs up.

He won the ball and it fell to Virgil van Dijk who provided the vital assist for his centre-back partner Joel Matip who finished within the six-yard box.

But Jota caught both Matty Cash and Konsa with his foot and the centre-back stayed on the ground clutching his back as Liverpool celebrated their equaliser.

A red card would have seen Jota serve a three-match ban meaning he would have been unavailable for the Reds’ FA Cup triumph over Chelsea on Saturday (14 May).

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The Portuegese forward replaced Mohamed Salah in the first half and converted his penalty kick in their 6-5 shootout victory.

“Oh, Jesus,” Hackett said after analysing the footage from Villa Park with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Yes, that’s a foul on Aston Villa’s number four and should have been penalised.

“It’s almost like a karate kick. He’s a lucky boy not to be sent off.”

Despite Jota‘s strong start to the season, he has not scored in his last 10 appearances for Liverpool.

He still has 29 goal contributions in 52 games across all competitions this season.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Liverpool are set to miss out on a £4million-a-year boost amid ‘uproar’ from their rivals.