Liverpool fans have found themselves in agreement with Jamie O’Hara after he suggested that Roberto Firmino’s goal during the Reds’ 2-0 win over Manchester United should have stood.
Speaking the morning after the affair, the former Spurs midfielder stated that Virgil van Dijk should not have been penalised for going up for a header with the Red Devils’ goalkeeper David de Gea, shortly before Firmino unleashed a curling effort beyond the reach of the Spanish shot-stopper. The Dutch defender and Mohamed Salah scored the goals required to send their side 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
“If that was in the middle of the pitch it’s not a foul.” ❌
“Keepers get protected but De Gea has the reach of his arms to get it.” 🙌
Agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/inIUUtIXYJ
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 20, 2020
O’Hara told TalkSPORT that Van Dijk went up fairly and De Gea was simply not strong enough. He suggested that if the goal came from a cross and that it was a goal-line scramble, referee Craig Pawson and VAR would have allowed the goal to stand. Supporters were in agreement with the ex-Premier League player and made their feelings clear on social media.
Check out some of the best Twitter responses from Liverpool fans down below…
Agree…. weak goalkeeping – De Gea looked fine and recovered quickly enough when he shot across to referee arguing it was a foul 🤦🏻♀️ should never have disallowed that goal (and what a goal it was!) 🙌🏼 ⚽❤️🏆💪🏼 @LFC #YNWA
— Rebecca Donovan (@RebeccaLD20) January 20, 2020
Keepers get far too much protection, they get the advantage by use their hands so shouldn’t also get protected when a player is jumping with them. Van Dijk didn’t impede de Gea from catching the ball, he was just stronger.
— Tom Pankhurst (@tom_pankhurst) January 20, 2020
— PV790 (@PV7903) January 20, 2020
Goal should have stood. You have to be able to challenge for the ball.
— Mr Benn (@Joe90SJC) January 20, 2020
His eyes never left the ball 🤦🏻♂️
— Scott™ (@AussieSwooper) January 20, 2020
You can use all the technology you want, if idiots use it the wrong decision will still be made. It wasn’t a foul.
— David Knowles (@DavidKnowles5) January 20, 2020
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