Chelsea icon Hasselbaink asks Carragher ‘are you serious’ after Liverpool draw

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Chelsea hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink called out Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher after the two sides faced off at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. In the opening seconds of the game, a contentious decision not to show Sadio Mane a red card after an elbow on Cesar Azpilicueta left onlookers divided. 

Liverpool raced into a 2-0 lead to stun Stamford Bridge thanks to clinical finishes by Mane and Mohamed Salah. 

Before half-time, however, Thomas Tuchel’s side came roaring back through a Mateo Kovacic wondergoal and an emphatic strike from Christian Pulisic. 

The two sides battled it out to take all three points in the second half, but they could not be split on an afternoon which ended with Manchester City enjoying a 10-point buffer at the top of the Premier League. 

The match could have turned out differently if Mane saw red for his early challenge though, and Tuchel was visibly frustrated on the touchline. 

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Liverpool legend Carragher also raised eyebrows by defending the referee’s decision, claiming that the challenge was not worthy of a sending off. 

“I think it’s one of those that’s worse than a yellow, but I don’t think it’s quite a red,” he told Sky Sports.

To which Hasselbaink replied: “Are you serious? Have you got your red hat on or just your football head on?”

Carragher grabs Hasselbaink by the arm and says: “There was another VAR check on Mason Mount that wasn’t a red card either.”

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After the game, Azpilicueta claimed that Mane’s stray elbow should have been ‘a clear red’, adding: “We are getting these decisions against us and it can change the way of the game.

“We are promoting the challenges in the Premier League with 50-50 with the ball, sometimes we are seeing a joke of penalties and sometimes we see real dangerous challenges and we don’t take action.

“We are seeing a few games where referees become a bit softer in terms of penalties and red cards and then it becomes opposite.

“We don’t see the same consistency in the same game and same season. I watched the replay but I didn’t need this because live I knew it was a red.”

Mane’s narrow escape was not the only controversial element of Sunday’s clash, with a surprise sprung well before kick-off when Romelu Lukaku was left out of the squad. 

A contentious interview with Sky Sports Italia highlighted the Belgian’s claims of being unhappy in west London, comments which Tuchel did not brush off lightly this week. 

Nevertheless, in the 28-year-old’s absence the Blues still found enough attacking potency to fight back from 2-0 down and snatch a point against the Reds. 

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