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Kyle Walker trolls Liverpool and praises ref for not ‘crumbling’ over Man City controversy | Football | Sport

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has praised referee Michael Oliver for not ‘crumbling’ over a late Liverpool penalty appeal in their draw at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds were incensed when Oliver refused to point to the spot after Jeremy Doku caught Alexis Mac Allister high on the chest.

Doku made contact with the Liverpool midfielder while trying to clear a bouncing ball away from the penalty area. VAR checked the incident, which happened in the 99th minute, but decided that Oliver had not made a clear and obvious error.

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp insisted that the challenge was “100 per cent” a foul, which would have given the Reds an opportunity to score a late winner. Instead, the game finished 1-1.

City captain Walker refused to say whether it should have been a penalty but believes that Oliver could easily have ‘crumbled’ due to the baying Anfield crowd demanding a foul. The England international says that Oliver, 39, is the country’s top referee.

“My view is the referee and the VAR made a decision on what it is. I feel that the ref reffed it really, really well,” Walker told Sky Sports.

“I feel once you have Anfield and the crowd behind them, he could have crumbled, but that shows his experience, shows his character and why he is regarded as one of the best referees in this country and world at the minute.

“It’s probably not up for me to say if I do think it is a pen, if I say it’s not a pen it is headlines, if I say it is a pen then it’s headlines. The VAR has checked it, the ref has done it, that’s all I’m going to say.”

Klopp insisted that every true football fan should believe that a penalty should have been awarded. Liverpool had been awarded a spot-kick earlier in the game, with Mac Allister scoring to cancel out John Stones’s first-half goal.

“This situation on all positions on the pitch is 100 per cent a foul and it’s a yellow card,” Klopp said. “He hit the ball but he can only hit the ball because his foot was right there. If the ball is not there, he kills him. It’s as easy as that. It’s a penalty for all football people on the planet.”

The draw sets up an exciting Premier League run-in with three teams competing to win the title in May. Arsenal and Liverpool are level on 64 points, with City a point behind in third.

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