Liverpool could appeal Jay Spearing red, says Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool officials will review the tackle that led to Jay Spearing's sending off against Fulham before deciding whether to appeal

By Iarla Duignan
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Liverpool may appeal against the red card shown to Jay Spearing in Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday, manager Kenny Dalglish has said.

Spearing was sent off in the 72nd minute for a robust challenge on Moussa Dembele. The midfielder emphatically won the ball but left his feet in the follow-through and caught the Fulham midfielder.

Referee Kevin Friend saw it as a dangerous challenge, but Dalglish was unsure about the decision.

“Jay had no other thought in his mind but to win the ball, and he did win the ball. I’m not a referee so all you can say is sometimes they are given, sometimes they are not, but as long as they are consistent then it’s not a problem”, Dalglish said.

“We’ll have a look at it again and see if it’s worth appealing.”

Fulham boss Martin Jol said it was a dangerous challenge. “I will be honest. I saw the tackle from three angles and it could have broken his ankle,” said Jol after the game.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool manager acknowledged Fulham’s spirited performance but believes his side deserved something from the game, pointing to another couple of crucial decisions that didn’t go his side’s way.

“Luis [Suárez] scored a goal which didn’t count that could have gone either way and Charlie Adam could have got a penalty when he got pulled down,” he continued.

“They had a couple of good efforts and Pepe [Reina] made some good saves and they also hit the bar, but I think overall we looked as though we were going to get something from the game – we certainly deserved to.”

Liverpool missed the chance to move within two points of a Champions League spot, but Dalglish is not ready to dwell on the loss and is looking forward to the weekend’s game against Queens Park Rangers.

“We didn’t play as well as we have been playing but we still did enough to win the game. We have just got to brush ourselves down now, get on with it and get ourselves ready for QPR on Saturday.”

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