Mirallas deserved to be sent off, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he believes that Everton winger Kevin Mirallas should have been sent off during Saturday’s Merseyside derby, writes BBC Sport.

With the score at 2-1 to Liverpool through goals from Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez, Mirallas, who had equalised for the Toffees, made a high challenge on Suarez, but was only shown a yellow card by referee Phil Dowd in a classic game, which ended 3-3.

After the game, Rodgers, whose side stayed second in the Premier League thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser, told of his belief that Mirallas should have been dismissed, and also claimed that had Suarez made the challenge, he would have seen red based on his reputation.

The Reds boss said: “Mirallas should have been sent off. It would have been interesting had Luis made that challenge. He’s just caught him right on the back of his knee and that can end your career. It took Luis 10 or 15 minutes to recover and it was disappointing. Kevin Mirallas is a really honest attacking player and sometimes attackers make those challenges that are poor and that was a really bad one.’

Rodgers’ opposite number, Roberto Martinez believed that the challenge from Mirallas was not malicious. He said: “I can see why Liverpool might think that. I have seen the replay and obviously Kevin goes for the ball with a typical striker’s tackle and closes his eyes when he gets to the incident and his right leg catches Suarez.

“I don’t think it is a red card because it is not a malicious incident, he tries to win the ball but gets there late. I think a yellow card, bearing in mind the emotions you bring into a derby, was the right decision. But I can see why, if that had been against my team, I would’ve been thinking it would have been a red card.”

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