Liverpool news: Pundit issues 'honest' claim as Keita controversy analysed

By Paul Robinson

3rd May, 2022 | 7:00am

Liverpool news: Pundit issues 'honest' verdict as Naby Keita controversy analysed - 'I heard'

Paul Robinson has claimed referee Andre Marriner was right to allow Naby Keita’s goal to stand in Newcastle United’s loss to Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper claimed Eddie Howe’s side were “clutching at straws” when demanding the goal be disallowed.

Keita scored the only goal of the game on Saturday as Liverpool maintained their title charge with a 1-0 win over the Magpies.

Fabian Schar went down in the build-up to the goal after losing out in a challenge to James Milner.

Referee Andre Marriner adjudged no foul to have been made by the Reds midfielder and VAR official Mike Deam deemed his colleague to have not made a clear and obvious error.

As quoted by the Chronicle (1 May), Howe confessed his side would have been “lucky” to get the decision after the coming together.

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When asked for his assessment of the incident, Robinson told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “I heard Sam Matterface and Micky Gray talk about it and I have to agree.

“By all accounts Milner wins the balls. He won the ball fair and square in my eyes.

“I think Newcastle are clutching at straws as much as they feel aggrieved. He won enough of the ball, even though I have seen them given.

“In all honesty, I thought it was a good challenge. The referee made the right call for me.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has claimed Liverpool are set for a revenue hike ahead of ‘two’ big changes.