Bournemouth manager blasts referees after controversial 1-0 loss to Liverpool

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has blasted the referees following their 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Monday, claiming that Christian Benteke’s goal should have been ruled out for offside, Daily Star reports.

Summer signing Benteke became the hero at Anfield for scoring the game’s decisive goal in the 25th minute, giving the Reds six points in their first two fixtures.

However, the strike should not have been given as Benteke’s team-mate Philippe Coutinho was in an offside position and attempted to play the ball before it reached the Belgian.

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It would have been easier on the Cherries had their own effort not been ruled out, as they had a goal not given following a foul on Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren.

And Howe was furious with the officials and their decisions, but went on to praise his players for their overall performance.

He said: “It is hugely frustrating. We were in the game, the big decisions have gone against us. The first was a goal by Tommy. If that is a free-kick then we will see free-kicks every time there is a corner.

“The new offside rule is a grey area. Under the new rules that is clearly offside. Our goalkeeper was affected by the player in front of him.

“We had a few chances tonight but the big positive is overall our performance. We know if we perform like that the results and goals will come. The players are winners and this is an experience we don’t want to get used to.

“I am very proud of the performance and the players. You can’t beat the decisions and the two big ones have cost us points. It is unforgiving.”

Bournemouth have lost both of their opening fixtures 1-0, but will hope to get their first points in the English top flight when they travel to the Boleyn Ground to face West Ham United this weekend.