Liverpool had to settle for a point in their Premier League clash against Stoke City this afternoon, which means that Jurgen Klopp’s side still have work to do in order to secure a top-four spot.
The match could have turned out much differently had they been awarded a penalty late in the second half.
Liverpool dominated the ball, but they misfired numerous times, and even Mohamed Salah, who has scored 43 goals in all competitions this season, failed to find the target when through on goal.
During an attack for the Reds, the ball was crossed low into the box and it struck the arm of Stoke defender Erik Pieters.
It seemed to be an obvious penalty, but the referee nor the linesman seemed to think so, and the claims were waved away.
In response, Liverpool fans, most of whom were frustrated by Joe Gomez’s display, hit out at the amount of times this season that the club have not been awarded penalties.
Sportswriter Paul Tomkins suggested that video assistant referees (VAR) need to be implemented in the Premier League.
VAR has to come in. LFC up there with the best attacking teams of past 20 years yet 3 pens all season in PL, one at Anfield. Every single game there's a missed penalty. Today there were three possibles and two definites. WBA away there was a definite one. Refs guess.
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) April 28, 2018