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Liverpool’s Rodgers not happy with refereee

Tottenham's Gareth Bale takes a free kick during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane against Liverpool

Tottenham's Gareth Bale takes a free kick during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane against Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers launched into a tirade against referee Phil Dowd for his performance as Liverpool’s eight-match unbeaten run came to an unfortunate end at Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Spurs ran out 2-1 winners at White Hart Lane thanks to a stunning free-kick from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon’s first half tap-in.

Rodgers, whose team pulled a goal back courtesy of a Bale own goal, was infuriated at Dowd for not awarding them two spot-kicks - one for a foul on Steven Gerrard by Mousa Dembele, and the other when William Gallas took out Luis Suarez in the dying minutes.

Earlier this season, Rodgers complained that his team were not getting enough decisions from officials, and he was deeply unhappy that Dowd awarded the free-kick that led to Bale’s goal when Clint Dempsey went down under the slightest of touches from Jordan Henderson.

“Nothing is going for us away from home, that’s how its been all season in terms of decisions,” Liverpool boss Rodgers said in his post-match press conference.

“Clint Dempsey has been clever (with the free-kick). He gets a hand in his back and goes down.

“We should have had two [penalties tonight]. It’s incredible to have gone through the season without getting a penalty.

“The Steven Gerrard one was nearly assault. How is that not a penalty?

“Watch the second one. Luis Suarez spins, William Gallas swings his left foot, catches him and he goes down.

“The statistics will tell you that we’ve been in the box as much as anyone, but to arrive at this stage of season and not get a penalty...”

 

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