Pundit Robbie Mustoe has recently discussed the foul from Trent Alexander-Arnold that gave away a penalty to Everton recently.
Mustoe appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Two Robbies podcast and the panel talked about multiple issues in the recent Premier League gameweek. One topic of discussion was Liverpool’s loss to Everton at Anfield and Mustoe talked about Alexander-Arnold’s foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin which handed Everton a penalty. He revealed a chat with PGMOL, stating that the Liverpool right-back should have sent off.
Alexander-Arnold had conceded a penalty late in the game on Sunday, leading to Everton making it 2-0 at Anfield.
Did Alexander-Arnold deserve to get sent off?
Former referee Mark Clattenburg has talked about the incident, saying that it indeed was a penalty and even he feels that Alexander-Arnold could have been sent off for it.
Mustoe revealed that they had been in touch with officials at PGMOL, who said that the Englishman should have actually been sent off because Alexander-Arnold denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.
He said (9:56): “Of course the penalty was given and let me just say, if we all agree it was a foul, which is obviously debatable, PGMOL, we have the ability to speak to them or to message them in game. They basically admitted, you know what, he should have been red carded there because that’s denying a goalscoring opportunity.”
TIF Thoughts on Alexander-Arnold’s challenge…
ESPN editor Dale Johnson has stated that the decision to award Everton the penalty was the right decision as the idea of intent was taken out of the Laws of the Game. He also said that while it was a penalty, the defender should’ve been sent off in the same manner as David Luiz was sent off against Wolves.
So there’s clearly a lot of people who say that Alexander-Arnold should’ve been sent off, so Liverpool should count themselves lucky that the defender stayed on the pitch. They already have a defensive crisis on the table because of injuries and having Alexander-Arnold sent off would’ve made things worse.