“Caused me severe pain”: 21-year-old star says Everton deserved a penalty and has “severe pain” in his foot

Anthony Gordon believes he should have won a penalty at the Anfield Road End when he was challenged for the ball by Joel Matip.

The Everton winger took to Twitter after full-time to show his frustration but after being booked for diving in the first half, referee Stuart Atwell was right to ignore his second claim.

The 21-year-old dived when Naby Keita pulled out of a challenge in the box and was shown a yellow card but the forward believes he was unfairly punished in the second half.

He drove into the Liverpool box and cut in front of Matip but folded under the slightest contact, making no attempt to resist the challenge from the Cameroonian defender.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he said Everton’s second penalty claim was stronger than the first which saw him booked for simulation.

“I thought we had some really good chances [and] a few instances where we could have had a penalty in my opinion.

“But sometimes they go against you and that’s just how football is at times.”

He was then asked by a Sky Sports reporter: “Which do you think was your strongest claim because you were booked for one of them?”

Gordon replied: “The second one, for me, was the strongest because he stood on my foot clearly. I’ve gone 1v1 with him and I’ve got the better of him and he stood on my foot which has caused me severe pain and I’ve gone down.

“The first one I’ve watched back. I felt the contact and went down but from a few angles. I can see why he (Stuart Atwell) hasn’t given it.

“But it’s certainly not a yellow card because there is contact.”

I was happy to see a booking shown as diving has become a massive issue in the Premier League again and the more bookings are shown, the more it will be stamped out.

Naby Keita and Anthony Gordon - Everton forward booked for diving

Liverpool defended well throughout the game and rarely gave their city rivals a clearcut chance.

Demarai Gray came the closest but even his sweet strike was off target even if it had Alisson Becker worried.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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