Everton manager Frank Lampard claims his side should have been awarded a penalty in the second half when Anthony Gordon was brought down in the penalty box by Matip.
However, Lampard believes that a Penalty would have been awarded if the player in question was Mohamed Salah.
The result leaves Everton in the relegation zone, one point behind 17th placed Burnley. Liverpool on the other hand had now moved one point behind league leader Manchester City.
What did Lampard say?
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Frank Lampard shared his frustrations on why Everton was not awarded a penalty when the scores were still level.
Lampard said: “It was a penalty, you don’t get them at Anfield. If that was Mohamed Salah at the Kop end, I think he [the referee] would have given that. It was a foul on Anthony.”
He added: “Yeah. I think it was [a penalty]. I’m not sure how clear-cut it was. The ref was quick to whip a yellow card and when the little stuff went off in the middle of the pitch and if you look back at that with VAR, some questionable things are going on in that, too. Maybe that’s to be expected when you come here.”
Everton was able to keep the host at bay in the first with Liverpool recording no shot on target in the first 45 minutes.
“I thought we played well. In terms of possession, the game plan was to understand they are one of the best teams in the world, with what they are doing to other teams recently. Can we be disciplined and work hard within that? Yeah. Could we break and create chances? Yeah.
“They didn’t threaten our goal at all in the first half. We had a couple of opportunities, Doucoure running through, moments in their box. The first half was good, and the start of the second half was good. If we get the first goal, the game feels completely different.
“You know with Liverpool there’s always either a moment of brilliance, Mo Salah for the first goal, or because of the aggressive nature of their game, an overhead kick bounces into the floor and lands on Origi’s head. What are the qualities that they have? I can’t ask for much more from our players. If we get our goal while we were not giving them real chances, the game feels completely different.”
On Everton dropping to the relegation zone, Frank Lampard said: “It will be spoken about, but we’ve got six games to Burnley’s five left. Leeds are in there, they play tomorrow. We had to expect Burnley might win today and worry about our job. There are 18 points to fight for which is a lot of points. It’s important for the players, fans, and club not to be sucked into that negatively.
However, Jurgen Klopp disagrees with Frank Lampard and claims that Anthony Gordon was lucky to escape a red card saying: “It [the second] was no penalty. He’s really good but he’s lucky not to get a second yellow. The first was not a penalty and the second wasn’t.