Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has blasted referee Howard Webb’s “crazy” decision not to award them a penalty in last night’s 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.
Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas admitted after the match he had handled Gerrard’s stoppage-time free-kick but Webb did not spot it.
Although television replays suggested the incident was outside the area, Gerrard was left fuming at missing out on a chance to salvage a point and maintain their unbeaten run.
As a result Liverpool’s winless streak on Arsenal territory still stands at a decade.
“The referee told the Liverpool wall in the first half that if anyone raises their arms above their waist he was going to give a penalty,” said the England midfielder.
“So for some crazy reason he didn’t give it. He told me after the game he hadn’t seen it.
“It was unbelievable and I can’t believe he didn’t see someone raise their hands in the wall.
“We know over the course of a season sometimes you will get decisions and sometimes you won’t, but something so clear as that was hard to take, especially with the referee being Howard Webb.
“I would say he is one of the best referees in the league so I am very surprised he didn’t see it.”