Tottenham 2 Liverpool 1: We were denied two penalties, says Rodgers
Tottenham 2 Liverpool 1: Brendan Rodgers felt Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez both should have penalties in a loss at Spurs
Brendan Rodgers criticised referee Phil Dowd for failing to award Liverpool two penalties after the Reds were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Spurs took a seventh-minute lead when Gareth Bale’s low cross found Aaron Lennon, who finished past Pepe Reina from close range.
The visitors had a chances to level, with Luis Suárez denied by Hugo Lloris and Jordan Henderson firing wide with the Spurs goalkeeper stranded.
Liverpool were punished for being wasteful when Bale’s deflected free-kick beat the Reds goalkeeper after Henderson had fouled Clint Dempsey on the edge of the area.
The Wales international netted an own goal in the 72nd minute but Rodgers’ side were unable to find a winner, with Suárez firing narrowly over the crossbar.
However, the Liverpool boss was left fuming over Dowd’s failure to award Steven Gerrard a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Moussa Dembele in the first half, with the Northern Irishman also adamant Suárez should have had a spot-kick on the stroke of full-time.
“I don’t know what Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez have to do get a penalty. It was bordering on assault on Gerrard [Reds appealed when Gerrard was challenged by Mousa Dembele in the first half],” Rodgers told BBC Sport.
Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted a draw would have been a fair result after Liverpool recovered well from a disappointing first-half display.
“Brendan feels a fairer result was a draw and I have to agree. We did extremely well to hold on to the lead,” said Villas-Boas.