By Paul Robinson

8th Nov, 2022 | 10:37am

Robinson issues Thiago Alcantara warning as Liverpool controversy analysed - 'you cannot do that'

Paul Robinson has warned Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara after an incident involving Tottenham winger Lucas Moura on Sunday (6 November).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League goalkeeper suggested Thiago, 31, was lucky not to concede a penalty in the dying stages of the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Antonio Conte’s side appealed for a spot-kick when Thiago’s foot made contact with Lucas Moura’s head inside the 18-yard box.

Referee Andy Madley did not judge the contact as worthy of a penalty and VAR official Darren England chose not to intervene.

Thiago‘s challenge on Lucas was one of two controversial decisions in the 2-1 win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Spurs appealed for a penalty when Trent Alexander-Arnold pushed Ryan Sessegnon over in the first half.

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When asked by Football Insider if Thiago should have been penalised for a high foot in stoppage time, Robinson said: “It is a grey area.

“It is down to the referees interpretation.

“If a player puts his foot up high and there is nobody around him it is fine. However, if you do that and endanger an opponent it is a foul. That is why you have to be so careful when you are in and around a player.

“You cannot put your foot up high when a player is trying to header the ball. It was a tough call for the referee because Thiago’s foot was high.”

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has claimed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could yet receive a touchline ban after twist in saga.