Steven Gerrard has expressed his bemusement at the ridiculous offside decision that destroyed Liverpool’s hopes of three points at Goodison Park on Sunday, and has leapt to the defence of team-mate Luis Suarez.
|The derby clash with Everton was level at 2-2 until Suarez got on the end of a Sebastian Coates knock-down in injury time, but the goal was ruled out by the linesman – despite replays clearly showing the Uruguayan to be be in an onside position when he received the ball.
Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo: “I’ve seen it again and we can feel sorry for ourselves because it was a clear goal.
“We should be taking away the three points rather than just one. There is no offside and it’s difficult for me to explain it. The only person who can explain it is the linesman.
“I asked him after the game if it was offside and he said ‘I think so’. That’s not good enough. If every decision in this league is based on ‘We think so’ then we’re in trouble.
“The linesman got it badly wrong. The benefit of the doubt is supposed to go to the attacking player anyway.
“And for their second goal, it’s a clear throw-in to us. The linesman gives us the throw but the referee (Andre Marriner) saw something different. He gave Everton the throw and their second goal came from that.
“I feel sorry for our lads because I thought we were fantastic today and deserved to win.
“We had a young, small team out there but they were all men today and stuck together. There was one team here who came to play football and win the game and that was us.”
David Moyes had spoken about Suarez in the buildup to the match, advising referee Andre Marriner to watch out for theatrics from the striker. However the one booking of the game for simulation was dished out to Everton captain Phil Neville, after a dive on the edge of the Liverpool box that left Gerrard incensed.
“His manager did every paper, every radio station and every TV channel talking about Luis Suarez and then his captain, who is meant to be setting an example, blatantly dives.
“With what he said about Luis Suarez before, David Moyes was trying to get in the referee’s head, which is fine, that’s all part of the game, stuff like that, but you don’t expect your captain to dive like that.
“Luis Suarez was fantastic for us again today. I can’t control what he does when he scores a goal, I was just happy to see it hit the back of the net. He doesn’t need David Moyes to fire him up. But if people want to try to get in Luis’s head and wind him up then it’s the wrong thing to do.
“You saw from today’s evidence that it seems to inspire him rather than go against him.”