" Liverpool Star Fabinho called Out By Former Premier League Referee After Newcastle Win

Liverpool Star Fabinho called Out By Former Premier League Referee After Newcastle Win

Liverpool battled their way to a 3-2 victory over Newcastle on Saturday to keep their faint hopes of Premier League title glory alive.

The Merseyside giants took the lead through Virgil van Dijk, before Christian Atsu equalised for the hosts.

Liverpool and Newcastle then traded further blows through Mohamed Salah and Salamon Rondon, before Divock Origi popped up with a late winner.

Origi’s goal came after Fabinho had won Jurgen Klopp’s side a free kick in a dangerous position.

Yet former Premier League referee Mark Halsey does NOT think it should have been given.

"The free-kick for the winning goal should not have been awarded,” he told The Sun.

“Fouls are subjective decisions for referees but I felt it was not a free-kick.

"Fabinho was very clever, he's gone to ground very easily and assistant referee Simon Long has fallen for the free-kick.

"I am sure when referee Andre Marriner watches the video back he will not be pleased with his assistant's decision to flag for a free-kick.

"Newcastle's Matt Ritchie is a very honest player and I can understand his frustration at the free-kick being awarded."

Liverpool boss Klopp, meanwhile, was delighted after seeing his side win.

“What can I say? It is just brilliant,” the German said.

“It is like a fairytale. You can say whatever you want about me, I don’t play Divock enough, [Xherdan] Shaqiri enough and then I make this decision – it’s great.

“That they do it. I love it. It was really a big moment.”

Klopp also praised his side’s fighting spirit, adding: “I have said to a couple of colleagues, I accepted long ago that we do everything, absolutely everything.

“The boys throw whatever they have on the pitch. That means whether we will be champions or not it will be destiny.

“Because we have done everything, we cannot do more.

“Can you get more than 94 points? Not really. So the boys tried everything, even when we were drawing they tried everything to win.”

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