Steven Gerrard blasts dodgy referee calls that cost him dream Liverpool return

Steven Gerrard has blasted the referee, Stuart Attwell, for preventing a dream return to Anfield for the Liverpool legend, and current Aston Villa boss.

It was a tale of two penalties on Saturday afternoon as Mohamed Salah converted Liverpool's opener in a contentious decision.

Salah was seemingly brought down by Tyrone Mings, and after the decision went to VAR, and a lengthy check, the ruling on the field stood.

Villa were then denied a spot-kick when Alisson appeared to take down Danny Ings, but Villa protests were waved away.

And Gerrard has fumed at the decision in his post-match interview.

"Ultimately the game has been decided by a penalty. There were two penalty incidents in the game, Liverpool got theirs – if you look at that one, Salah fouls Mings first," Gerrard told Sky Sports.

"If an arm goes anywhere near Alisson, it’s a foul.

"So why isn’t a foul given for Danny Ings? They are the questions I’d like answering, but I can’t answer them right now.

"We’ve lost to a soft penalty because if you watch it properly, Tyrone’s been fouled first. The disappointing thing is that the referee hasn’t gone to look at it."

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However, the Villa boss did admit the result was probably fair: "I thought Liverpool were better in terms of general play.

"Their style was better than ours, but we’ve done so well to contain them for large periods.

"In hindsight, I should have thrown a bit more at it a bit earlier, but you have to be careful Liverpool don’t hit you for two, three or four."

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