The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton witnessed more than just on-field action this Saturday, as refereeing decisions became a major talking point, relays the LiverpoolEcho. Football pundits, including Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker, and Micah Richards, shared their views on key moments in the match and the positive display by Everton at Anfield.
In a hard-fought battle between the old cross-city rivals, Liverpool emerged victorious with Mohamed Salah scoring twice late in the game. However, as has been the case in several recent Liverpool matches, refereeing controversies took center stage in the derby.
Ashley Young was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 37th minute for fouls on Luis Diaz. However, Ibrahima Konate of Liverpool, despite making cynical challenges on Amadou Onana and Beto in the second half, escaped the same fate.
The debate surrounding these incidents continued on the latest episode of The Rest Is Football podcast, with Micah Richards initiating the discussion. Richards praised Everton’s defensive performance, particularly highlighting James Tarkowski and Jarrad Branthwaite.
Gary Lineker, a former Everton player, chimed in, commenting on the flurry of yellow cards and the inconsistency in sending off players for similar offenses. “Well, the story of the game was the tale of lots of yellow cards, the wrong player getting sent off and another not for very similar offenses,” Lineker said.
Alan Shearer joined the conversation, sharing his agreement about Konate’s fortunate escape from a second yellow card. He also expressed his belief that if the referee had correctly shown Young two yellow cards, then Konate should have received the same treatment.
Micah Richards further added that while the referee’s decisions were contentious, Everton’s performance should not be overlooked. He praised the likes of Dwight McNeil, James Garner, Amadou Onana, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Jack Harrison for their contributions. Richards saw potential in the way Everton was shaping up this season, especially in their recent form.
Despite the 2-0 loss to Liverpool, Everton displayed resilience in defense and promising signs in their recent performances. Jack Harrison on the right-hand side was also noted for his contribution to the team.
As the discussion came to a close, Gary Lineker offered words of encouragement to Everton fans, acknowledging the challenges they have faced in recent seasons. He advised not getting carried away but recognized that Everton was heading in a positive direction, which was cause for optimism.