Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has admitted Roberto Firmino’s goal against Spurs which gave the Reds all three points on Saturday should not have stood.
Carragher, who was analyzing the game as a pundit for Sky Sports, conceded that the throw-in that eventually led to the goal should have gone Tottenham’s way rather than Liverpool’s.
Sadio Mane and Serge Aurier both contested for the ball on the sideline and the replays showed that the Liverpool forward had the final touch before the ball went out.
The referee awarded the throw-in to the Reds, who took it quickly and it was eventually converted by Firmino. Jose Mourinho admitted after the game that he was confused by VAR’s decision not to intervene (Football.London).
Carragher agreed with the Spurs boss’ assessment about the throw-in but claimed that Mourinho would have been disappointed with how his side defended the throw-in.
According to the Daily Mail, when the England defender was asked if Liverpool’s goal should have stood, he told Sky Sports (11/01/20 starting at 5:30 pm) “No it should have been a Tottenham throw in (that led to the goal) but the linesman is other side of the pitch, referee is behind, they’re always difficult ones to give.
“Tottenham don’t cover themselves in glory from the throw-in, Mourinho would be so disappointed. Alderweireld should be closer but Winks gets done on the run and then the organisation goes and it becomes a pinball machine and fantastic first touch from Firmino and goal.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While our defending for the goal wasn’t particularly great, I thought we put in a terrific defensive performance overall. Our backline nullified the threat of the Liverpool forwards for the most part while our wide players did a great job restricting their full-backs from getting too many balls into the box.
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