Liverpool are now ready to launch an appeal over Alexis Mac Allister’s red card, which has been condemned as “ridiculous” by many.
The Argentine star was sent off on his Anfield debut for an innocuous challenge on Bournemouth’s Christie that left pundits surprised it wasn’t overturned by the VAR.
Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer both condemned the decision by referee Thomas Bramall, and the inaction by the VAR Paul Tierney, who has a history of run-ins with Jurgen Klopp.
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Klopp has now indicated that he is ready to appeal to the FA to try and get the three-match ban overturned for his summer signing.
Mac Allister’s woes meant a debut for Liverpool’s new signing, Watoru Endo, who played half an hour as a substitute after the sending off, despite only getting international clearance only hours before the match.
Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola suggested post-match that he didn’t think the Argentina international deserved to be shown a red card.
When asked if he thought Mac Allister’s dismissal was justified, Iraola conceded: “I don’t know. In real life it did not look like a red card.”
The Bournemouth manager added: “For me the red card was more kind of orange, it is a difficult decision for the referee. I understand.”
Quizzed on the likelihood of an appeal to the FA – Klopp said: “Let’s see what we can do, for sure we will try and talk to the people about it.”
The Liverpool manager added: “We have to talk about it and everyone agrees. I 100 per cent understand how it looks for the ref in that moment but when you see it back, it’s the inside of the foot with no power in it. We’ve seen harsher challenges that weren’t red cards that should’ve been.
“I think we should talk about it. If he said it was a yellow, the VAR wouldn’t have upgraded to a red card. Everything is lacking for a red card, the intensity.
“Yes, there was contact but there must be a different intention when it’s a red card. We will talk to the people about it.”