Danny Mills says that Liverpool were deserving of the penalty which won them the game against Leicester City despite Sadio Mane coming under heavy criticism for an alleged dive.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Manchester City full-back says that there was contact between the Reds ace and the Foxes’ Marc Albrighton and that a spot-kick was the right decision from the officials.
Milner wins it for @LFC from the spot after Mane throws himself to the ground after the faintest of touches. I’m biased so I’m saying nothing.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 5, 2019
Mills says there is not much of an argument to suggest it should not have been a penalty, suggesting that Albrighton’s reaction suggests he knew it was coming.
Mills told Football Insider: “I think when you look at it time and time again, does he go down easily? Yes, but is it a penalty? Yes. I don’t think you can argue too much with that once there’s contact in the box.
“It’s a nudge, he catches his back leg, there’s enough to put him off his shot. Would he have had a clean shot on goal? Probably, is the answer. We don’t know whether it would have gone in or not but you can tell by his (Albrighton’s) reaction, you could tell he was in trouble.”
The late winner, which was converted by James Milner, means that Liverpool head into the international break with an eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League table, Manchester City losing 2-0 to Wolves on Sunday afternoon.