Liverpool v Man City: Thiago should be banned as 'error' analysed

By Keith Hackett

11th Apr, 2022 | 11:08am

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Thiago should have been sent off and slapped with a ban as Liverpool drew 2-2 with Man City yesterday (10 April), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Thiago committed three yellow card offences in the thrilling top of the table clash.

The 31-year-old was only shown one caution for a foul in the 62nd minute and avoided a yellow card for a challenge on Gabriel Jesus just five minutes before.

With just over five minutes to go, he brought down Kevin De Bruyne but somehow won a free-kick in the process.

A second yellow would have seen him banned for the FA Cup semi-final between the two sides next Saturday (16 April).

“It was a magnificent game,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“In fairness, overall, I think Anthony Taylor officiated well and was a little bit lenient. He was trying to manage it effectively and I think he did.

“The outstanding error that didn’t work in his favour was how he handled Thiago.

“He makes a first challenge, the player is on the way to goal but it’s worthy of a yellow card. Taylor has applied a risky advantage but play continues forever.

“He had two things, has he forgotten who the player is? It’s unlikely – when you’re refereeing these teams you know the players. Or, will he lose credibility if he goes back and shows the yellow card? I think he’s decided to wipe the slate clean.

“Thiago doesn’t help because he then gets a yellow and we all refer back to the fact he should have walked.

“There’s no question in the context of the game you don’t want to see players dismissed because the game was always under Taylor’s control. I sympathise with him, he needs a bit of luck in that scenario.

“There is no question Thiago should have been sent off.

“The one on Kevin De Bruyne at the end was also a yellow card. I don’t know where he’s coming from on that one, the referee.

“My view is Jurgen Klopp needs to have a quiet word in his ear. He doesn’t want to take out the challenges but ultimately he’s treading a fine line.”

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