WATCH: “Not surprised Klopp’s got no energy left”- Liverpool not getting a penalty for Jérémy Doku kicking Alexis Mac Allister in the chest triggers WILD reactions on social media

A high foot kick on Alexis Mac Allister by Jeremy Doku was not given as a penalty, infuriating fans.


WATCH: “Not surprised Klopp’s got no energy left”- Liverpool not getting a penalty for Jérémy Doku kicking Alexis Mac Allister in the chest triggers WILD reactions on social media

Jeremy Doku's foot catches Alexis Mac Allister in the chest (Image via Goal)

On 10th March, Liverpool hosted Manchester City in a clash that had fans across the world enticed. The hosts were at the top of the league, with City just a point behind. While the match did entertain, Jeremy Doku was on the headlines for the wrong reasons. 

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The first half was all City, with them dominating. They had created better chances and had more shots on target as well. They finally got the lead in the 23rd minute through a set-piece. Kevin De Bruyne took a free-kick from the right corner, towards the inside post. It found John Stones, who tapped it in. 

City kept controlling the game, but the pendulum shifted and Liverpool gained the upper hand. In the 2nd half, they had 12 shots compared to City’s three. Despite their attacking threat, they were unable to get the ball in the net, but Ederson handed the hosts a chance to equalize in the 50th minute. 

A misplaced back pass by Nathan Ake got Darwin Nunez after the ball. Ederson charged to win the ball back, but fouled Nunez in the process, with Michael Oliver pointing to the spot. Alexis Mac Allister scored from the spot, equalizing the game. Ederson later came off for Stefan Ortega, injuring himself after fouling Nunez.

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While the high-octane game saw both sides getting close to scoring towards the end of the game, a penalty call is what stole the show. In the 98th minute of the game, Doku had attempted to clear the ball from their box. Mac Allister ran in to get the ball, and a mistimed kick from Doku got him. 

Fans call out poor refereeing after Jeremy Doku escapes penalty call 

In an attempt to clear the ball, Jeremy Doku had kicked Alexis Mac Allister on his chest. He did have some contact with the ball, but his studs had caught the Argentinian. Michael Oliver did not see any foul, and when Stuart Attwell checked on VAR, he stuck with the on-field decision. The game ended as a 1-1 draw, with the two sides sharing points. 

Alexis Mac Allister
Alexis Mac Allister is on the ground after getting hit by Jeremy Doku (Image via Khaleej Times)

The referee’s decision had led to outrage on social media, with many calling out VAR. They called out the inconsistency in the decisions made. Many pointed out how Doku kicked Mac Allister with a high foot, calling him lucky to escape a red card and penalty. 

Check out their reactions: 

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With the draw, both Liverpool and Manchester City have dropped points. Before the start of the game week, Liverpool, City and Arsenal held the top three spots, with only a point difference between each position. Now, the Gunners stand at top, tied on points with Liverpool but ahead on goal difference, while City are a point behind. 

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