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Pay the penalty: Milner tucked away the spot kick to put Liverpool 2-0 up.
Pay the penalty: Milner tucked away the spot kick to put Liverpool 2-0 up.
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'The referee had to make himself a hero': Schmeichel fuming after Liverpool penalty

Michael Oliver’s decision to award a penalty was upheld by VAR.
Dec 27th 2019, 9:07 AM 16,922 36

KASPER SCHMEICHEL COULD find himself in hot water after accusing referee Michael Oliver of trying to be a “hero” in Leicester City’s heavy home defeat to Liverpool.

The Foxes goalkeeper was helpless on Thursday as the Reds romped to a 4-0 win at the King Power Stadium through a Roberto Firmino brace, alongside a James Milner penalty and a Trent Alexander-Arnold strike to cap the display.

Schmeichel was angry about the spot-kick awarded to Liverpool and might draw the attention of the FA with his post-match comments. 

Caglar Soyuncu was adjudged to have handled the ball by Oliver, a decision upheld by VAR, with Schmeichel adamant that the Turkish defender could not avoid the contact with his arm.

“I think [the decision] was a bit tough,” Schmeichel told Amazon Prime afterwards.

“We were in the game until the referee had to make himself a hero. Then we lost our composure.

“[Former Premier League referee] Dermot [Gallagher] will be on Sky saying it was a great decision.

“Caglar had less than a millisecond to react. He is desperate to give it. Once he does, they are never going to turn it over.”

Despite his bitterness at the officiating, Schmeichel acknowledged the greatness of his team’s opponent and admitted the Foxes were some way behind the Merseyside club and Manchester City.

He added that the Premier League title is now Liverpool’s to lose.

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“They are the best side in the world along with Manchester City,” the Denmark international said.

“We strive to be like Manchester City and Liverpool but they are a lot further along in their journey. They are a top side. It’s theirs to lose, isn’t it?”

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