The draw means Liverpool have dropped out of the top four
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Jurgen Klopp lamented his side’s luck after seeing Dominic Solanke’s late goal against West Brom disallowed in the Reds’ frustrating goalless draw at Anfield.
Solanke was adjudged to have handled the ball after bundling home Joe Gomez’s menacing cross on 80 minutes.
Moments later, Solanke had a shot cleared off the line to the despair of the home crowd.
Elsewhere, Roberto Firmino’s first half effort went narrowly wide, while Mohamed Salah just failed to get on the end of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross.
The visitors defended well and nearly took a surprise lead with Hal Robson-Kanu’s curling effort hitting the top of the bar just before the break.
Liverpool pressed in the second half and Salah’s mistimed header ensured it would be a night of frustration for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
This is the second time in as many games Liverpool have been denied victory through marginal refereeing decisions after Dejan Lovren was penalised for fouling Dominic Calvert-Lewin in their 1-1 draw at home to Everton last weekend.
And Klopp claimed he felt the ball hit Solanke in the chest instead of the hand in the build up to the disallowed goal.
Klopp said: “It’s difficult for me. It’s twice deflected and I’m still not sure if it was handball or not. For me it looks like the chest.
“In the game it looked 100% like it hit him [Solanke] in the chest and afterwards when I had a few replays I’m not sure he touched the ball with his arm.
“He [the assistant referee] will probably be happy if that was handball but that was another moment that we had no luck for sure.”
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