By Keith Hackett

13th Dec, 2021 | 8:00pm

Ex-Premier League referee verdict on possible Aston Villa penalty v Liverpool as controversial Ings footage analysed

Keith Hackett has insisted Aston Villa did not deserve a penalty in their 1-0 loss to Liverpool for Alisson Becker’s challenge on Danny Ings.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official insisted football is a contact sport and Alisson’s challenge was not a foul.

Ings was played in behind the Liverpool defence before a defence mix up meant Alisson had to dive at his opponent’s feet to win the ball, as shown by the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.

It came after Liverpool had opened the scoring through a penalty of their own and Steven Gerrard was not happy with the decisions.

As quoted by the Mirror after the game, the Villa boss felt there was inconsistency as a penalty was given for Tyrone Mings’ foul on Mohamed Salah but Alisson’s challenge went unpunished.

Asked for his assessment of Alisson’s challenge on Ings, Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider‘s correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’m not giving it.

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“Look, football is a contact game. If you’re going to put your body in there as your forward and the goalkeeper is coming out, then contact is likely to take place. That’s football.

“For me, the referee, Stuart Attwell had a good performance.”

Gerrard has now won three of his five Premier League games since taking charge of Aston Villa last month (11 November).

His only two defeats have come at the hands of early pace setters Man City and Liverpool.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Aston Villa are ‘thinking outside the box’ as Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris near a mega-money deal.