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Mark Lawrenson criticises Andy Robertson for ‘lazy challenge’ in Liverpool’s defeat to Napoli

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Napoli's Jose Callejon went down under a challenge from Liverpool's Andy Robertson to win a penalty in the Champions League clash
Jose Callejon went down below a problem from Andy Robertson to win a penalty (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

believes Liverpool had been stable on the again in opposition to a ‘talented’ facet till Andy Robertson’s ‘lazy’ problem turned the Champions League conflict with eight minutes remaining on the San Paolo.

The Group E encounter seemed to be heading for a goalless draw – with Adrian making a collection of excellent saves to deny Carlo Ancelotti’s males in Naples – earlier than Robertson was judged to have fouled Jose Callejon contained in the field in the 82nd minute.

Dries Mertens transformed the following spot-kick and substitute Fernando Llorente piled but extra distress on Liverpool in harm time, capitalising on a uncommon mistake from Virgil van Dijk to double Napoli’s lead.

In the wake of Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat, Klopp accused Callejon of diving to win Napoli’s essential penalty and Lawrenson was additionally ‘far from convinced’ by referee Felix Brych’s choice.

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However, the previous Liverpool defender claimed Robertson’s clumsy deal with gave the officers the possibility to kill the tie in the dying moments.

‘A 0-0 draw would have been a good result for Liverpool, and they were less than 10 minutes away from getting it – until things unraveled at the back,’ Lawrenson mentioned in his BBC Sport column.

‘I am far from convinced it was a penalty for Napoli’s first purpose – the primary time I noticed it, I believed it was the right choice, however the extra I see it the much less I agree it ought to have been given.

‘But it was still a lazy challenge by Andy Robertson on Jose Callejon, which gave the referee the opportunity to award a spot-kick in the first place.’

Lawrenson added: ‘When Napoli scored their second purpose in harm time, it killed the sport utterly, and Virgil van Dijk was clearly accountable for that.

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‘To concede from a mistake like that when they’re in possession on the again could be very in contrast to Liverpool typically, and Van Dijk particularly.

‘So two late errors cost Klopp’s facet, however I don’t truly suppose that they had been too dangerous on the again till that time.

‘They had been taking part in in opposition to a gifted Napoli crew with a lot of attacking intent, who compelled Adrian into making some good saves – significantly his flying cease from Dries Mertens simply after half-time.

‘But it is not as if Liverpool struggled defensively for 90 minutes, and when Klopp analyses it, I am pretty sure he will think the biggest problem on the night was at the other end of the pitch.’

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Llorente doubled the advantage for Napoli in injury time
Llorente doubled Napolis benefit in harm time (Picture: Getty)

Klopp was satisfied that Callejon had conned the referee to win Napoli’s penalty.

‘We conceded a penalty that doesn’t assist, I noticed it now and I don’t suppose it was a penalty and I don’t know, it’s tough,’ the German advised BT Sport.

‘For me it’s clear and apparent it’s not a penalty, as a result of Callejon jumped earlier than there was any contact, however we can’t change that.’

In his post-match press convention, Klopp added: ‘I’m fairly positive there are completely different views on the scenario.

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‘But when a player jumps before there is contact, then it cannot be a penalty.’

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