Jordan Henderson claims that Danny Welbeck told him Brighton should not have received the late penalty that got them a draw against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Referee Stuart Atwell went over the check the VAR monitor after Andy Robertson caught Danny Welbeck as he cleared the ball from the penalty area.
Many believe the decision was a soft one, and it appears even Welbeck didn’t think there was much to the incident either.
‘Danny Welbeck said to me it wasn’t a penalty,’ Robertson told BT Sport after the game. ‘There were four or five of them who felt it wasn’t a penalty.’
Pundits Peter Crouch and Joe Cole were also left frustrated, saying that the each incident shouldn’t be ‘forensically’ analysed in slow motion.
‘In the end we got a soft penalty,’ admitted Welbeck. ‘In today’s game with VAR, I have touched the ball before him and he has kicked me. The referee has been over to the screen and he has made his decision.’
Henderson, along with many of the Liverpool players, was visibly frustrated with the penalty being given.
‘To overturn it, it has to be clear and obvious,’ the Liverpool captain continued. ‘Is that a clear and obvious penalty, to go to the screen and overturn it?
‘It was ours, it should be three points in my opinion. I’ve seen the replay. Who would be happy? It’s not a pen.’
Henderson avoided saying much more on the incident for fear of getting in trouble, on what was a very frustrating afternoon for the Reds.
Earlier in the game, they had two goals disallowed due to very close offside decisions picked up by VAR.
With the point, Liverpool go top of the Premier League, but can be overtaken by a number of teams over the course of the weekend.