May 20, 2024

Alexis Sanchez branded “stupid” after Liverpool red card while Jurgen Klopp questions the decision

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Alexis Sanchez has been bombarded with criticism after being sent off against Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp questioning the decision.

Just seconds after his teammate Lautaro Martinez had put Inter 1-0 up against Liverpool and halved their aggregate deficit, the former Arsenal star was dismissed for a second yellow card.

After being booked in the first half, Sanchez reached for a 50/50 with Fabinho and, after reaching the ball first, caught the Brazilian midfielder with his follow-through.

Speaking to BT Sport about Sanchez’s dismissal, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said: “He’s won the ball, you can’t tell me he shouldn’t try and win that ball, look how low his leg is. He’s bringing his leg away, in slow motion like that it makes it look worse than it is.

“He’s actually going to win the ball, he’s stupid for giving the referee the chance to make a decision, but it’s harsh. Yes, it’s a foul, but I don’t believe it’s a yellow.”

Jurgen Klopp was adamant Inter Milan’s Alexis Sanchez deserved to be sent off as Liverpool sealed their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Klopp felt the Chile international was lucky not to have been given a straight red card before the interval.

The Liverpool boss said: “I don’t understand why we have to discuss that?

“In football, if you play football, if can win the ball only – if you bring yourself in a position where you can danger the opponent – then you don’t win the ball. That’s it.

“If Fab goes in with the same intention with a long leg then both players get injured.

“But Fab is there because he judged the ball. If he is not flying in then I will get it.

“But because he is flying in, it’s possible he touched the ball but cannot stop and hit Fab in a really bad way, to be honest.

“I think he was quite lucky he didn’t get a different colour in the first half for a foul on Thiago with the leg that high against the knee, a similar situation.

“Passion is good, absolutely good, but if it leads to these things, it doesn’t help.”

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