Liverpool defender slams Everton 23-year-old after Merseyside derby
By Danny Wright
Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren has slammed Ross Barkley after he failed to apologise for his reckless challenge in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
The Everton 23-year-old could have been shown a straight red card for an ugly-looking tackle on Lovren.
Referee Anthony Taylor gave Barkley a yellow card after he appeared to put his studs into the Liverpool defender’s shin after losing control of the ball.
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Lovren was starting his first Liverpool game since January against the Toffees.
Jurgen Klopp sidelined the Croatian international for the last six matches after a poor spell of form in January and a niggling injury.
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The Reds’ centre-back revealed that there was a clear mark left on his leg following the challenge and was enraged by Barkley’s actions in the aftermath of the incident.
“That is the only thing I do not like,” said the 27-year-old, as quoted by Sky Sports. “If you make a hard challenge then be open about it and say sorry.
“Don’t talk to the referee and say it was not a foul. I think everyone saw it, especially me, but now it is over.
“If I show you [my leg] it will be headlines tomorrow.”
The Reds managed to walk away with all three points in the heated Merseyside clash.
First half goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho cancelled out a Matthew Pennington equaliser before Divock Origi struck the final nail in the Everton coffin in the 60th minute to secure a 3-1 victory.
The victory propelled Liverpool up to third in the Premier League standings after Manchester City were held by Arsenal.
Everton, meanwhile, were left floundering in seventh place after just their second defeat in ten games across all competitions.