Liverpool FC manager claims the best team lost against Man United
Manchester United are now Premier League title favourites after an unconvincing 2-1 victory at Anfield which saw the Red Devils come from a goal down to beat a ten-man Liverpool side.
September 23rd, 2012
Jonjo Shelvey was given his marching orders towards the end of the first half after a committed challenge with Jonny Evans, while United were awarded a late penalty when Glen Johnson was deemed to have fouled Luis Antonio Valencia in the penalty area.
They were decisions that angered the home supporters and the same extended to Brendan Rodgers who felt that his team had the rough end of the stick on Sunday afternoon.
“We are bitterly disappointed with the result, I thought the best team lost,” he said.
“Of what we could control I thought the players and performance level was outstanding, what we couldn’t control were decisions by the referee.
“If Shelvey gets sent off for having both feet off the ground then Evans has to get sent off for that as well if you watch the replays.
“Jonjo is coming in from the side, it is a tackle the player has to go for and one the United player has to go for but the Liverpool player can’t get sent off and the United one stay on the field.
“I thought it was very harsh and that was how it was throughout the game as a number of poor decisions went against us.
“The penalty was never a penalty. Johnson has made a fantastic recovery back in and I have no idea why Valencia goes down.
“Up the other end Suarez gets a toe on the ball, gets contact, goes down and doesn’t get the penalty.
“It was one of the those days where we never got any decision which could have helped us at all and when you lose a man you need some help.”