'I'd be telling Dejan Lovren off' - Sam Allardyce rubbishes Liverpool penalty complaints

James Milner of Liverpool warm up during a Liverpool FC training session at Melwood Training Ground

'I'd be telling Dejan Lovren off' - Sam Allardyce rubbishes Liverpool penalty complaints

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has claimed that his team "mastered" Liverpool during Sunday's Merseyside derby draw.

'[Jurgen Klopp can] moan all he wants, it's a penalty.

The hosts were dominating in all aspects and were rewarded by a Mohamed Salah goal before half-time but Lovren's risky decision to put his hands on Calvert-Lewin gave Wayne Rooney the opportunity to make it 1-1 and he duly converted the spot-kick. Now one team can celebrate, probably, and we can't.

The Liverpool legend spoke about that moment with the club's official website, saying: "Especially after all the stick I've had off Bluenoses over the years, it was nice to beat them, beat them comfortably and to bag three and keep the match ball".

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"I told the referee I didn't understand this. In my understanding it is not okay".

Despite Jurgen Klopp's surprise decision to leave both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino out of his side's starting lineup, it was the home side who came out of the blocks firmly on the front foot this afternoon, immediately pushing their bitter rivals back from the first whistle.

"And I think he's absolutely right".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp must make do without left-back Alberto Moreno, who has an ankle injury. I can keep that for the rest of my life.

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'It's an extremely fearless decision to give that for us in a derby at Anfield and the referee got it right'.

The Reds head into the match in fine form, having put seven goals past Russian side Spartak Moscow in the Champions League in midweek, following on from a 5-1 hammering of Brighton last weekend.

He added: 'They had three shots on target, we had two.

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