West Ham handed Liverpool their first defeat of the Premier League season on Sunday at the London Stadium, and Jurgen Klopp was not happy.
The Reds boss insists Aaron Cresswell should have been shown his marching orders after a tackle on Jordan Henderson in the first-half, but Dermot Gallagher thinks otherwise.
The Hammers left-back escaped punishment despite the high tackle, and while he did initially touch the ball, the follow-through caught Henderson on the knee.
It was checked by VAR, but referee Craig Pawson was not advised to go to the screen, and Gallagher has told Sky Sports’ Ref Watch that it was the correct call.
The former Premier League whistleblower said: “I think I am in the minority but I don’t think it is a red card.
“I don’t think it is a red card because at the point of contact I don’t think he catches him like we saw [Mason] Holgate did.
“I think if the referee gives a free-kick and a yellow card, I don’t think it gets ramped up and thrown to the VAR like it was. In isolation, I think that should have been a yellow card.”
Klopp would disagree with Gallagher, but he is not the expert here, and he would not have had anything to say had his side managed to get a win.
Managers will often debate every call once results do not go their way, and that is exactly what the Liverpool boss has done.
Cresswell got the ball despite the force with which he lunged at it, and it appears Henderson made a meal out of it and overreacted.
He was fit enough to continue the game and finish it, and that indicates that he did not suffer any serious injury from the tackle and there was no serious foul play involved.
West Ham deservedly won the game, and there is no need for Klopp to cry over spilt milk.
The Hammers showed their top-four credentials with a resolute display, and that is what really matters.
Liverpool drew level from a Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick, but not many agreed that Declan Rice actually fouled Mohamed Salah in the build-up.
West Ham did not make a noise about that decision, and Liverpool need to learn how to be gracious in defeat.
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