A lot of Liverpool fans took to social media to criticize referee Martin Atkinson for allowing Southampton’s opening to stand despite the original ‘foul’ on Diogo Jota in the build-up.
Southampton took the lead in the 13th minute thanks to a magnificent attempt by Nathan Redmond that was deflected into the far corner.
Liverpool knew that anything less than a win at St. Mary’s would imperil their championship aspirations, and they were surprised by Southampton’s lead.
Many people feel Lyanco’s goal should not have stood as he went for a 50/50 with Jota and attempted to take down both his opponent and the ball.
The center referee let play to continue, and Redmond scored against the flow of play because VAR did not intervene, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s men faced a monumental job.
Soon after, Liverpool equalized through Takumi Minamino, but they knew a draw wouldn’t be enough, so Joel Matip headed home the winner in the 67th minute. Fans have reacted to the challenge, and many believe the officiating was quite poor.