Graeme Souness slams 'staggering' Everton penalty decision

Graeme Souness slams Chris Kavanagh for giving Everton a penalty as Dominic Calvert-Lewin was already ‘staggering’ before contact with Trent Alexander-Arnold – with referee sticking by his decision after being sent over to the monitor by VAR

  • Graeme Souness has slammed the decision to award Everton a penalty 
  • The Toffees earned a famous victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday 
  • Gylfi Sigurddson scored from the spot after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was fouled 
  • Chris Kavanagh defied VAR to stick with his call against Trent Alexander-Arnold 
  • And Souness insists that the incident was ‘never a penalty’ after the game 

Graeme Souness has slammed the decision to award Everton a late penalty as the Toffees secured an historic victory at Anfield over their deflated Merseyside rivals.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from 12 yards to double the visitors’ advantage over Jurgen Klopp’s champions after Richarlison opened the scoring in the first three minutes at Anfield.

Referee Chris Kavanagh awarded Carlo Ancelotti’s side the spot kick after Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to bring down Dominic Calvert-Lewin inside the penalty box following an Everton breakaway.

Graeme Souness has slammed the decision to award Everton a penalty at Anfield on Saturday

The visitors won a penalty after Trent Alexander-Arnold brought down Dominic Calvert-Lewin

However, on closer inspection the full back had a strong case to feel aggrieved with replays showing his English counterpart seemingly running into him after seeing his shot parried by Alisson Becker.

Kavanagh was instructed by VAR to review the decision on the pitchside monitor but after briefly looking at the screen the referee was unmoved in sticking with his original decision and Sigurdsson duly stepped up to dispatch beyond Becker. 

And Liverpool legend Souness insists that the incident was ‘never a penalty’ as Klopp’s side fell to their seventh defeat of the season. 

Chris Kavanagh was advised to review the decision but opted not to reverse his original call

Gylfi Sigurdsson dispatched from 12 yards to earn the Toffees an historic victory at Anfield

‘Never a penalty, he’s staggering before contact,’ the outspoken pundit said on Sky Sports. 

‘I don’t think there’s one professional footballer who’d say that’s a penalty. But in all the areas that were important they [Everton] were better than Liverpool.’

Former Everton star Joleon Lescott echoed Souness’ thoughts on the spot kick, adding that he would be disappointed if he were in Alexander-Arnold’s position. 

Saturday’s win sees Everton close the gap on their Merseyside rivals in the top flight 

‘Trent, unfortunate,’ he said. ‘Did well to get back in, as a defender I’d be disappointed that’s given. I don’t think that’s the reason Liverpool lost this game. I’m sure over the years Liverpool have had many go for them.’ 

Saturday’s defeat means Liverpool remain in sixth place, with local rivals Everton closing the gap on their neighbours with only goal difference separating the two sides.   

Klopp’s side will have a week to lick their wounds before travelling to Bramall Lane to take on Chris Wilder’s basement boys.  

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