Sky pundits clash over decision to undo Liverpool’s penalty when Graeme Souness and Roy Keane insist Eric Bailly made Nat Phillips wrong … but Jamie Redknapp says Anthony Taylor was right to get his initial decision back and pronounce the penalty kick
- Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness were hit over a penalty decision
- Liverpool received a penalty kick after Eric Bailly collided with Nat Phillips
- The Ivorian appeared to be making contact with the ball before making a mistake on the defender
- Souness and Roy Keane believed that Liverpool should have received the penalty
- Redknapp insisted that the VAR decision was correct on Thursday night
Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp were torn over Liverpool’s reverse penalty kick against Manchester United, with Sky Sports pundits attacking the decision at Old Trafford.
Anthony Taylor awarded Jurgen Klopp’s side the penalty in the first half after Eric Bailly appeared to be making contact with defender Nat Phillips in his own penalty area.
However, the referee was advised to consult the pitchside monitor, with the Ivorian appearing to make contact with the ball before slamming into the Liverpool player.
Graeme Souness (left) and Jamie Redknapp (right) collided over Liverpool’s reverse penalty kick
Taylor then reversed the decision before Liverpool struck twice before half time to take a crucial lead at half time at Old Trafford.
And Sky Sports pundits Souness and Redknapp were split on the penalty decision, with Keane agreeing with the Scot that United were lucky enough to have the decision overturned.
“I thought it was a penalty,” Souness insisted. When we all played the rule was that you got the ball first and that meant it wasn’t a penalty kick.
But now you can get the ball first and they talk about momentum pushing you forward and jeopardizing the opposition.
Eric Bailly appeared to make a foul on Nat Phillips, which led to Anthony Taylor awarding the penalty kick
However, VAR advised Taylor to reconsider the decision and he reversed the call from the spot kick
‘I think it qualifies in both the rules and for me it’s a penalty in the modern game.’
“No punishment, Graeme Souness has gone soft,” Redknapp replied.
‘I don’t think it’s a penalty. He gets the ball. When you clear the ball, there will always be some kind of connection with a player, we’ve seen that before … ‘
“They’re making a mistake today for that,” Souness interrupted.
Redknapp countered, “But there have also been a few layoffs lately, Balbuena happened.” To which Souness responded: “And much more has been given.”
Souness insisted the incident was a penalty in the modern game, but Redknapp disagreed
Former United captain Roy Keane sided with Souness and thought the incident was a penalty
Redknapp adamantly replied: ‘I don’t think that’s a penalty kick, he’s playing the ball Graeme. And there is a slight collision …
“And that’s the part that makes it a penalty,” the Scot joked.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane intervened and sided with Souness.
‘I think it’s a penalty. Okay, he gets the ball, but what happens next? ”Said the Irishman.
However, Liverpool did not allow the reversed decision to affect their play, as Diogo Jota leveled the scores before Roberto Firmino hit both sides of the break, giving Klopp’s side a healthy lead.
Marcus Rashford struck with 20 minutes to go to keep the game alive for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.