After yet another disappointing defeat for Leicester City following a dramatic night at Anfield, it would be easy to direct much of the annoyance towards the players and managers. Questions regarding substitution decisions during the game and the Foxes’ inability to hold onto the football in the second half arose again, as they surrendered a 2 goal advantage in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
But what has left many Leicester fans reeling from the penalty shoot-out defeat was the standard of refereeing from Andy Madley, a performance that was not left unnoticed by manager Brendan Rodgers who called the ref’s performance “awful”. So why exactly was Rodgers so annoyed?
Missed red card Number 1
The east Midlands outfit started the first half on fire and were 1-0 up by the ninth minute. In the tenth minute, 19-year-old Tyler Morton produced a horrendous challenge on Ricardo Pereira that was over the top of the ball and across his shins leaving the constantly injured Portuguese international in a heap on the floor. Andy Madley saw it in clear view as he ran over to the incident with intent. But alas the occasion got the better of him as he meekly brandished a yellow card when a red was clearly the right call, setting the tone for a terrible refereeing display. This is even more ironic when you consider Jurgen Klopp’s rightful fury after a terrible Harry Kane challenge on Andy Roberston at the weekend.
Aside from the fact that Liverpool should have been down to ten men, the most annoying thing about this challenge is that Ricardo had to be subbed soon after. This will leave the Merseysiders potentially benefitting from Ricardo potentially missing the league fixture between the two sides on the 28th of December.