Dermot Gallagher delivers verdict on Liverpool penalty incident v Middlesbrough
By Aramide Oladipo
Former referee Dermot Gallagher believes that Liverpool were very fortunate not to concede a penalty against Middlesbrough on the final day of the season.
The Reds guaranteed a place in the Champions League next season as they beat an already relegated Boro side 3-0 at Anfield.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored on the stroke of half-time to ease the tension and goals from Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana wrapped up the game in the second half.
However, with the score at 0-0, Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren appeared to foul Middlesborough forward Patrick Bamford in the penalty area but official Martin Atkinson refused to award the visitors a penalty.
When asked about the incident on Sky Sports HQ’s Monday morning Premier League Daily Show, Gallagher revealed that he thought that the official made the wrong decision on the day.
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“For me, I think it’s a foul,” he said. “I think the forward has been clever and he’s got in front of the defender and the defender can’t take him.
“If the referee gives a foul, he gives a red card.”
The result means that Jurgen Klopp is the first Liverpool manager since Brendan Rodgers to lead the team into the Champions League.
Liverpool finished one point ahead of top four rivals Arsenal who beat their Merseyside rivals Everton on the last day of the Premier League season.
The Reds will now face a two-legged tie at the beginning of the 2017/18 season in order to qualify for the Champions League group stages.