Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson was triggered to see a penalty awarded against the Merseyside club on Saturday. The decision was given in Brighton’s favour after Danny Welbeck’s foot was kicked by the Scotland international.
Referee Stuart Attwell pointed to the spot after consultation with VAR, which has led to more discussion about video technology and the need for consistency in the game.
Pascal Gross stepped up and tucked away his penalty to clinch a draw against last season’s champions, who are 7 points off where they were this time last season. Quite the drop off for a team defending the title.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Ajax in the Champions League, Robertson was unhappy to see two incidents go unpunished which the Scot felt were the same as his, as quoted on Twitter by LFC reporter James Pearce.
“I’ve got no problem if my tackle is being given as a pen. But on Sunday I saw two challenges on Rashford and Traore that were very similar and weren’t given. We are just looking for consistency. We thought we’d get that with VAR and we aren’t right,” said the Liverpool left-back.
Robertson: "I've got no problem if my tackle is being given as a pen. But on Sunday I saw two challenges on Rashford and Traore that were very similar and weren't given. We are just looking for consistency. We thought we'd get that with VAR and we aren't right." #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) November 30, 2020
Personally, I don’t think Robertson can argue about the penalty given on Saturday as he kicked upwards into Welbeck’s foot causing the former United striker to hit the ground. It was a clear penalty.
Welbeck disagrees with us, however, and admits that he felt the decision was a ‘soft’ call.
“It was one of those games where we had to try and stick in until the end,” Welbeck told the the Brighton Independent. “We knew we could create some opportunities and exploit their backline. We got a sift penalty but it’s one we will take. We got the point and we’ll move on now to next week.
“In today’s game with the VAR, I got there in front and nicked it around him. He kicked me and then the ball, so…. The referee went to see it on the screen and made his decision.”