Ex-Premier League referee: Luis Diaz victim of major injustice amid behind-the-scenes Liverpool claim
Luis Diaz should have been awarded a penalty kick as Liverpool beat Newcastle United 1-0 on Saturday (30 April), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee suggested Jurgen Klopp will instruct Diaz to go to ground when he feels contact in the opposition in the penalty area.
The 25-year-old stayed on his feet when Matt Targett appeared to push him in the back at St. James’ Park.
Targett initially tried to trip up the forward before pushing him in the back but Diaz recovered and tried to cut the ball back to a teammate.
“Had he not stayed on his feet, he would have got a penalty kick because I think there’s a push with the right arm,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“It reaffirms that there is a reluctance in referees to actually award a penalty kick when a player stays on their feet. This is why players go to ground and why managers say to players ‘Go to ground’.
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“Here is the honest endeavour of this particular player. Often in Europe they are more likely to give it.
“This is why managers say to players ‘If you feel contact, go down’. It’s not new.”
Diaz has been an overwhelming success for Liverpool since his £50million January move from FC Porto.
He has scored four times and chipped in with three assists in 20 games across all competitions and has started big games including the 2-0 victory over Villareal in last week’s (27 April) Champions League semi-final first leg.