By Amir Mir
Ross Barkley and Ashley Williams could have seen red as Everton were beaten 3-1 at Anfield – and Liverpool fans on Twitter have slammed the duo.
Centre-back Williams stamped on Emre Can just before the break, while playmaker Barkley also produced a high tackle on Dejan Lovren.
Both did pick up yellow cards during the game but they could have easily seen a straight red in what was a feisty Merseyside encounter.
It was a typical derby with tough tackles flying about from both teams but it was Jurgen Klopp’s side that earned the bragging rights for their supporters.
Reds fans on Twitter asked how the Everton duo were not sent off as they slammed the referee for his poor decision making.
Sadio Mane, Philipe Coutinho and substitute Divock were the goalscorers for the home team with Matthew Pennigton scoring from a corner for the Toffees.
The three points for the Reds mean that their neighbours have not beaten them on home soil since 1999.
Furthermore, it enhances Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four as they are currently third in the Premier League table on 59 points from their 30 matches.
They have, however, played three games more than fifth-placed Manchester United who host West Brom in the later kick off.
Jose Mourinho’s side are seven points behind their north-west rivals as the race to finish in the Champions League places is set to go to the wire.
By contrast, Everton remain in seventh on 50 points from their 30 encounters, seven points ahead of eighth-placed West Brom who travel to Old Trafford.
Here is a selection of their messages:
Williams and Barkley should both have been sent off refs having a mare.
— Paul (@whittlywoo) April 1, 2017
Everton are getting away with murder with these dangerous tackles
— ???? (@JurgenPressed) April 1, 2017
Barkley and Williams should be off by now the refereeing has been a joke
— MC SULLY PRODUCTIONZ (@SullyyK_) April 1, 2017
Honestly hate Williams and Barkley
— BowlCut Brown (@Cam_brown2000) April 1, 2017
No idea how Ashley Williams and Ross Barkley are still on the pitch here
— Paul Tilston (@tillylfc87) April 1, 2017
How everton don't get punished for this I won't know. They've come here only to injure us. Barkley and Williams should be off anyway
— Leon (@leonm694) April 1, 2017
In other Liverpool news, Gary Neville has slammed this stupid player after Everton are beaten at Anfield.