Liverpool lucky goal was not ruled out for apparent handball, says Mee

‘I think it was handball’: Ben Mee says Liverpool were FORTUNATE to not have their first goal in 6-1 win at Leeds ruled out after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s incident… but Jamie Carragher insists the call ‘could have gone either way’

  • Cody Gakpo gave Liverpool the lead at the end of a tepid first half against Leeds
  • The goal was checked by VAR after a handball in the build-up, but not overturned
  • Ben Mee disagreed, but Jamie Carragher felt ‘it could have gone either way’ 

 Ben Mee felt Liverpool’s first goal in their 6-1 win over Leeds should have been ruled out for a handball in the build-up, while Jamie Carragher felt the deicsion ‘could have gone either way.

Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead through Cody Gakpo after 35 minutes, but the ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand earlier in the move.

VAR ruled the incident was too early in the move to have an impact on the goal,  so the strike was allowed to stand to mass outcry from the home fans when replays were shown in the ground.

For Mee, the goal should have been ruled out after the check, as he told Sky Sports: ‘On the replay he moves his arm and I do think it was a handball, movement to the ball is handball.’

Carragher, who played over 700 games for the Reds, felt the decision was more ambiguous.

Liverpool took the lead against Leeds thanks to a first half goal from Cody Gakpo

The goal was checked by VAR for a potential handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the  build up, but was not ruled out 

He added: ‘There is doubt, for me when it hits him it looks like his hand is sitting out, he got himself ready and his arm is in the position as if the ball might hit you.

 ‘Look at his arm, slightly in position, no doubt it moves out, whether because the ball is there or naturally where arm was going to go, it could have gone either way, no doubt about that.

Liverpool went on to double their lead shortly afterwards through Mohamed Salah, and while Leeds did pull one back through Luis Sinisterra capitalised on an error from Ibrahim Konate, The two goal lead was restored shortly afterwards by Diogo Jota. 

The Reds then extended their lead to 6-1 as Salah and Jota added another goal each before a late strike from Darwin Nunez. 

It was a rare away win in what has been a torrid season for Liverpool.

It was adjudged to have happened too early on in the move to affect the outcome

Ben Mee felt the goal should not have stood out, while Jamie Carragher argued it could have gone either way

Liverpool lead the game 5-1 after braces from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah

They had won just three away games all season before travelling to Elland Road, and sit eighth in the table after challenging for the quadruple last year.

For Leeds, the loss leaves them just two points above the relegation zone with seven games remaining.

They still have relegation rivals Bournemouth, Leicester and West Ham to play, as well as tough games against Man City, Tottenham and Newcastle.

Javi Garcia’s side will next be in action against Fulham on Saturday, while Liverpool will face Nottingham Forest next. 

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