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Carragher risks fan backlash after Liverpool comments

Carragher risks fan backlash after Liverpool comments

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has risked upsetting fans after his comments on the Merseyside derby.

The Red’s dominated throughout the entire game, and could have hit several past bitter rivals Everton, but they were held back by a late Wayne Rooney penalty and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

The result clearly incensed fans as well as manager Jurgen Klopp, who says referee Craig Pawson was wrong to award Everton the penalty that levelled the scores up.

However, speaking on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday after the game, Carragher admitted the referee made the right choice in awarding a spot-kick.

“[Klopp is a] very frustrated manager, and rightly so. It was a game Liverpool should have won quite comfortably,” the former centre back said on Sky Sports.

“I think his frustration comes from the fact that Everton weren’t that adventurous and came to defend. But whether you defend for 95 minutes, it doesn’t matter – they’ve got the result they wanted, and it all hinges on the penalty.

“It’s a penalty. What is Lovren doing? People say it’s soft, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a penalty. As soon as he’s felt his hands on his shoulders, he [Calvert-Lewin] has gone down.

“Why is [Lovren] running at that pace when Calvert-Lewin is running to the corner flag? It’s a foul, it’s a penalty, I have no doubt about that. It’s a very stupid thing to do. It’s the one real attack Everton had, and that’s what is frustrating.

“Liverpool’s defenders weren’t asked to do much today, and the one time they were asked, they made a stupid mistake, so they’ve only got themselves to blame.”