Date: 9th October 2019 at 2:48pm
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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.

Mane came under fire from a number of pundits for his actions to win the penalty, Gary Lineker suggesting the contact made between the forward and Albrighton was not enough to send him to ground.

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.

In other Liverpool news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that it seems inevitable one Reds favourite will leave Anfield to join his former side and spend the rest of his career there.