Wolves: Liam Keen insists Paul Tierney missed a clear red card last night
With Wolves holding Liverpool to a goalless draw last night, Liam Keen believes the away side should’ve had a numerical advantage.
The Lowdown: Damning blow for Wolves
Wolves wouldn’t have naturally expected to pick up anything from Anfield last night as it is one of the most difficult places to win over the years and Liverpool have only lost twice at home all season.
The Midlands outfit, however, did indeed have their chances to win the game as Joao Moutinho forced a top save from Allison and if they had been playing against 10 men, things could’ve been so different.
While a lot of the Liverpool players were seemingly appealing for a red card, they wanted it to be shown to Mario Lemina – who did go flying into the tackle – although it was the Brazilian midfielder who seemingly stamped on Lemina’s leg.
The Latest: Fabinho lucky to avoid a red card
Lemina may well have been expecting a yellow card to come his way as he did lunge into a tackle he was unlikely to win, however, once Fabinho stamped on the Gabonese international’s leg, a different outcome may have been possible.
Keen, who was at Anfield last night, believes that Fabinho was very lucky to escape a three-game ban for his stamp on Lemina, never mind that the Liverpool players were wanting Wolves to be reduced to 10 men.
He said: ‘Collision between Fabinho and Lemina. The Wolves man is down injured. Liverpool calling for a red card… But I’ve seen a replay and Fabinho stamps on Lemina’s knee. That’s a red card all day, but a yellow is given…’
The Verdict: Wolves can count themselves lucky
Given Wolves’ predicament in the Premier League relegation battle they need all the decisions to be fair or even some perhaps swing in their favour and that certainly didn’t happen at Anfield last night.
Had Liverpool been reduced to 10 men and lost a key experienced midfielder in Fabinho then the outlook may have been very different and Wolves would’ve likely backed themselves to at least pick up a point.
This is mainly because prior to last night, Wolves had performed very well against Liverpool forcing them into a replay after drawing at Anfield and then they thrashed them 3-0 at Molineux just a few weeks ago, so them taking something off of a 10 man Liverpool side would have been very likely.