By Ben Dinnery

9th Nov, 2021 | 7:55am

Injury expert suggests 'big' FA rule change incoming after 'really nasty' Liverpool-West Ham incident

Aaron Cresswell’s lunge on Jordan Henderson during the West Ham win over Liverpool could prompt the FA to reconsider its laws over serious foul play.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

The Hammers beat Liverpool 3-2 on 7 November in a high-drama encounter at the London Stadium.

Shortly after Alisson’s own goal put the home side ahead inside 10 minutes, VAR was forced to rule on a possible red card for Cresswell.

The left-back made contact with the top of the ball before his studs raked Henderson’s upper leg and left the skipper needing treatment.

Cresswell escaped with a yellow card and Henderson managed to see out the rest of the match.

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Referees have employed a ‘lighter touch’ interpretation of the Laws of the Game this season on recommendation from the PGMOL.

But Dinnery claims that instances such as the “really nasty” challenge on Henderson could force them to reevaluate their stance.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “In years gone by, it’s the type of challenge that would have been allowed.

“But in this day and age, I don’t think those types of challenges can be allowed. I was very surprised he wasn’t sent off.

“It’s almost as if he caught the top of the ball and his leg ricocheted off. I don’t think there is any attempt to go that high.

“Maybe that’s been taken into consideration. But ultimately, that’s what did happen and it has to be a red card.

“Referees are a little more lenient this year. Because there’s no clear directive, we’re going to see players pushing the boundaries.

“It may result in some sort of serious injury. Something likes this might prompt the FA to reconsider and ultimately make big changes.

“This could have been a really nasty challenge. Players’ health and safety has got to be paramount.”

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