Liverpool fans hail ‘magic’ Luis Diaz as ‘ridiculous’ refereeing strikes again – Liverpool FC
Luis Diaz once again stood out as Liverpool left Brighton with a 2-0 victory, a valuable win in the title race. But it was a match that should have been played against 10 men.
The Reds were on the road for the first time in nearly a month in the Premier League, with Brighton as hosts as Klopp’s side again looked to put pressure on Man City.
And while Brighton came out of the traps the brighter of both sides, another assist from Joel Matip paved the way for Luis Diaz’s second goal as Red.
But the controversy died down as Robert Sanchez escaped punishment for a reckless tackle, with no yellow or red card waved in a mind-boggling decision from the officials.
Mohamed Salah added the second from the penalty spot to take his league tally to 20 for the fourth time in his Liverpool career, before he was struck down.
The 2-0 win was the eighth in a row for Klopp’s side and keeps the wheels rolling to achieve the ultimate goal this season, and the fans had plenty to say on social media:
That included more praise for a certain Diaz…
I love Diaz. Just gives me those vibes that Torres and Suarez gave me as soon as they touched a football for LFC. The just.
— Red (@TaintlessRed) March 12, 2022
I love everything about him.
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) March 12, 2022
Luis Diaz is absolutely stunning. Exceptionally brave for the lead, always making things happen in possession and relentless in the press. Everything you would expect from a Liverpool player.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) March 12, 2022
Reds rarely get out of 1st gear, a bit sloppy and wasteful at the same time, but Reds win 2-0 and that’s all that matters. Diaz is magical though.
—Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) March 12, 2022
For me MOTM is Luis Diaz. One of the fastest adapters to the PL. Really impressive work rate and style of play. Matip, Alisson were both massive.
— Canadian Kop (@thecanadiankop) March 12, 2022
Luis Díaz is a ridiculously good outlet. He chases everything, makes smart runs, is a good ball carrier and can control and pass clumsy passes. It’s like you could just throw bullets into that left channel at any time and he could do something with it.
— Raj Chohan (@rajsinghchohan) March 12, 2022
Deserved win for Liverpool in a game that was potentially a banana peel. Were not superb but quite good. Diaz man of the match, but Mané – who leads the line well – and TAA as well. Henderson and Fabinho decent. Nutshell
— John O’Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) March 12, 2022
Another hard fought victory. It could have been more, but games come fast and fast, so you take the 3 points no matter how they come.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) March 12, 2022
—Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 12, 2022
And the lack of a red card was a big talking point…
It is absolutely ridiculous that someone spends years working as a referee and studying the laws of the game, but can sit watching numerous replays on a monitor of this Sanchez challenge and see nothing.
— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) March 12, 2022
I don’t usually use the word bottlers for footballers because usually when it’s used it’s basically because a player made an unintentional mistake or isn’t good enough to execute well . But some referees or VAR bottle up big decisions, they don’t want to make them so ignore them.
— Red (@TaintlessRed) March 12, 2022
I can’t believe it wasn’t even a check by yourself, anywhere on the field that’s red,
— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) March 12, 2022
Attwell after Klopp finds him. pic.twitter.com/Tho1WIXRqK
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) March 12, 2022
November 2020: Stuart Attwell awards Brighton a penalty after VAR review.
March 2022: Stuart Attwell ignores Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez’s red card challenge.
— Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) March 12, 2022
Not even a yellow card. Not even a VAR recommendation for the referee to look at it. Stuart Atwell another of the useless group. Not suitable for use. I know I’m fuming about this shit, but it’s total bullshit #LFC pic.twitter.com/mvCOOGHcbf
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) March 12, 2022
I still can’t believe the keeper didn’t get a red card for that challenge on Diaz, in fact he wasn’t punished
Would you like to know who are on these VAR panels? pic.twitter.com/uDAXpDaWXO
— Mick Quinn (@mickquinn1089) March 12, 2022
Imagine watching the replay of that and thinking “yeah, nothing wrong with that, absolutely fine.” One of the worst decisions of the season – which is saying something considering how much screaming there has been.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) March 12, 2022
The trip to the south coast was another potential banana peel for the Reds, but they avoided it with a timely goal in each half – although it certainly could have been more.
Klopp was happily screaming for his players to pass at the crucial moment and goal difference could have taken a bigger boost, but the most important stat was Brighton 0, Liverpool 2.
The win crucially keeps Liverpool on City’s heels ahead of their Monday night game, and Alisson played a key role late in the play for his 19th clean sheet of the season. Now to Arsenal we go.