Rodgers criticises Webb after Liverpool exit FA Cup
Brendan Rodgers has criticised the performance of referee Howard Webb after Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal, Sky Sports has reported.
Rodgers believes the Reds should have had a second spot-kick - after Webb had already awarded Liverpool one penalty - but added the referee was right not send off Steven Gerrard for a second yellow card.
Gerrard converted the penalty that was awarded, given for a foul on Luis Suarez, but goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski but Arsenal through to the competition’s quarter-finals, where they play Everton.
“[Suarez] is always asking questions of defenders, and quite a lot of the time he doesn't get what he deserves,” Rodgers said.
“He's got a penalty but should've deservedly had two penalties today. And if it is a penalty he should have it, irrespective of what his reputation is.
“I thought that was quite an easy decision for the ref. Luis has a touch, gets around him and it looks a blatant penalty.
“We're bitterly disappointed to have not got that because then it just keeps our momentum going for the final stages of the game
“It would be nice to know why it wasn't given, because it can be a defining moment in the game.”
Gerrard escaped a second booking for a foul on Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had bundled into Suarez for the controversial non-penalty award, but Rodgers felt that decision was “correct”.
The game was played little over a week after Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield and Rodgers rued poor finishing, claiming that if Liverpool’s shooting had been more efficient they would have racked up the goals once more.
Arsenal play Everton in March at the Emirates after the Toffees eliminated Swansea at Goodison Park, winning 3-1.
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