Gary Lineker and former Premier League referee Mike Dean had differing opinions on Alexis Mac Allister’s red card in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth. Liverpool appeared to be in cruise control against Bournemouth when referee Thomas Bramall pulled out a red card for what first appeared to be an innocuous challenge from Mac Allister on Ryan Christie.
Replays did show Mac Allister had his foot raised and missed the ball, but there was minimal contact at best. Lineker was clearly not impressed that VAR didn’t overturn the onfield decision, tweeting: “Mac Allister sees red but it’s a nonsense. Referee and VAR at Anfield having a poor day.”
But Dean, who is now working as a pundit on Sky Sports, took a different view on the challenge. Dean was asked whether he thought it was the right decision, which he replied: “Yeah, his foot’s raised.
“The guy’s cleared the ball and he’s caught him. He’s probably caught him shin high, his foot off the floor so I’ve got no issues with the decision.
“Was looked at by VAR, I’ve heard that as well, it’s the right decision by Thomas Bramall.” Dean appeared to be in a minority in defending the decision to send Mac Allister off.
Both Dion Dublin and Glenn Murray gave their thoughts on the incident while speaking on BBC’s Final Score with the latter calling it “soft”. Dublin added: “What it was was two loose legs coming to sidefoot the ball, same height.
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“He’s there fractionally later, there’s no malice in it at all, it’s not a straight leg. I think it was a yellow card at most.”
The red card didn’t cost Liverpool in the end as Diogo Jota quickly grabbed a third soon after Mac Allister exited the pitch. That gave Klopp’s side some breathing room to see out the match and pick up their first win of the season.
But the Liverpool boss will now have a difficult decision to make next week for an away trip to Newcastle if Mac Allister’s red card is upheld. New signing Wataru Endo may be needed to start while Stefan Bajcetic has just returned from injury.
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