Liverpool told Alisson 'fortunate' to escape punishment by ex-Uefa official

By Keith Hackett

10th May, 2022 | 6:30am

Ex-Uefa official: Alisson Becker 'fortunate' to escape punishment as controversial Liverpool footage analysed

Keith Hackett has claimed Alisson Becker was “fortunate” not to give away a penalty as Liverpool beat Villareal 3-2 in the Champions League semi-final second leg last week (3 May).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Uefa and Premier League official backed Danny Makkelie’s decision on the night as he is a “top-class referee” who was in a “great position” to make the call.

With Villareal 1-0 up on the night, Giovanni Lo Celso was one-on-one with Alisson who went to ground and smothered the ball while Lo Celso fell to the ground.

The referee waved away Villareal’s appeals and the 29-year-old went unpunished.

“The referee here, Danny Makkelie, is a top-class referee and is likely to go to the World Cup,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“The referee is in a really good positon, isn’t he? Because the ball was in his right arm then that is potentially why a penalty wasn’t given.

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“I think referees at this top level want to be 100 per cent certain before they blow. I think Alisson was fortunate to not concede a penalty kick at that point.

“In defence of the referee, he’s in a great position. If I was assessing the referee’s performance I would go with his decision. He’s judged that Alisson has won the ball fairly but it shows the risks goalkeepers take when challenging for the ball.

“I think the referee has a better view than the camera and I think he’s made the right call on what was a very tight decision.”

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