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3rd Jan, 2017 | 5:48pm

Lovren delivers verdict on key decisions in Liverpool clash against Sunderland

By Harvey Byrne

Dejan Lovren has shared that he didn’t agree with two key decisions referee Anthony Taylor made in Monday’s 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Sunderland.

The Merseyside giants faced the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light in a clash they were hugely expected to win.

However, two Jermaine Defoe penalties cancelled out goals from Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane in the encounter.

Lovren has stated that he didn’t agree with the first penalty, or the foul before the second one after his side were held to a draw on Wearside.

“We’re disappointed,” Lovren told the Liverpool Echo.

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“I don’t like to talk about referees but two soft decisions went against us.

“The first penalty, I don’t agree with, and for the second one, it was a handball by (Sadio) Mane but it was never a foul before that.

“I don’t know what he saw at that time but it wasn’t a foul. When you concede two goals from penalties it’s bad luck. We could have taken the three points but it just wasn’t our game.”

Lovren played the full 90 minutes in the clash at the Stadium of Light and his mishit shot even found it’s way to the head of Sturridge, who duly converted.

However, the draw is not what the Reds would have wanted and they have been left five points behind league leaders Chelsea, who still boast a game in hand on Wednesday against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool now have two cup clashes coming up against Plymouth and Southampton before facing fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in 10 days time.

They will be eager to return to winning ways against the Manchester giants, who are currently in sixth, but trail by just five points.

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