Liverpool gifted penalty as Diop forgets to kick ball before booting Nunez

An absolute brain fart by Issa Diop allowed Liverpool to take the lead against Fulham, leaving fans in stitches.

The Reds are still in with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season and were handed the lead against Marco Silva's side on a plate when Diop clattered into Darwin Nunez to concede a penalty.

After receiving an innocuous-looking pass from Tosin Adarabioyo, the Frenchman needlessly dallied on the ball as he looked for a spare team-mate and somehow failed to notice Nunez steaming towards him.

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The Uruguayan nicked the ball before Diop's swinging leg sent him tumbling to the floor, with referee Stuart Attwell immediately pointing to the spot.

Mo Salah converted the resulting spot-kick, but supporters on social media were in little doubt about who the difference-maker had been.

"What is Diop playing at hahaha," one fan tweeted. "Scandalous defending from Diop. Like a rabbit in headlights," wrote another, while a third joked: "Diop.exe.404/file/not/found."

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Replays showed there was minimal contact between Diop and Nunez, leading some fans to accuse the Liverpool forward of diving.

"There’s absolutely zero contact from Diop on Nunez. How on earth are they giving penalties now when there’s no contact," one person fumed, while a United fan commented: "We had about 15 incidents in the box with more contact than this not awarded. It’s crazy."

A third fan added: "Whether you think it’s a dive or not, let’s just take a moment to question what on earth Diop is doing?"


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