Azpilicueta rues referee’s decision: It was not a foul

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Liverpool rode on a poor refereeing decision in their 5-3 win over Chelsea at the Anfield Stadium on Wednesday night.

Naby Keita had scored the opener for the Reds with a stunning strike from outside the box, and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the second from a free-kick as a stunning strike from 30 yards out beat Kepa Arrizabalaga for Liverpool’s second goal.

Meanwhile, before the goal, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp got into an argument as Mane made a meal of Mateo Kovacic’s challenge.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta refused to dwell much on the decision, but insisted that it wasn’t a foul.

He said: “Who knows if it would have made a difference. Now it’s over, but when I was on the pitch I felt it was not a free-kick. He could have given the first one which was nearly by the touchline, which is less dangerous than it was.

“He gave it in the wrong position, but everyone can make mistakes and that one was a bit harder for us, but now is not the time to speak about it.”

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