Viewers of the clash between Liverpool and Barcelona have taken to social media in numbers tonight to suggest that Andy Robertson should have been sent for an early bath.
Liverpool in front
The two sides are currently locked in action at Anfield, in the second-leg of their high-profile Champions League semi-final tie.
Hosts Liverpool headed into proceedings with it all to do, having been put to the sword by 3 goals to nil in the tie’s opener last week.
After former Reds’ star Luis Suarez opened the game’s scoring with 26 minutes on the clock, a late Lionel Messi double, including a stunning free-kick, eventually saw the Blaugrana secure a near-insurmountable 3-goal advantage ahead of tonight’s return-leg.
Liverpool, though, despite the absences of both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, have since gotten off to the perfect start in their attempts to secure a historic turnaround.
With just 8 minutes on the clock, a needless mistake from Jordi Alba saw Jordan Henderson’s effort well saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, only for Divock Origi to slot home on the rebound.
Robertson’s moment of madness
The dream opening to proceedings enjoyed by the hosts, though, could easily have been soured before Origi even found the net.
An incident between Andy Robertson and Lionel Messi eventually saw the former needlessly push the grounded Barcelona captain in the back of the head just minutes into the matchup:
Andy Robertson has made Messi angry.
You won’t like him when he’s angry. pic.twitter.com/TEqDiff7NO
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 7, 2019
The incident, which was not spotted by referee Cuneyt Cakir, was seemingly also not checked by VAR, with many fans having since made their frustrations clear at this fact:
That’s a red card for Robertson. Why have VAR if you’re not going to bother?
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) May 7, 2019
— Ibtesam (@ibtesammr) May 7, 2019
Why didn’t VAR intervene there? Messi may have been seated, but Robertson just aggressively pushed his head.
He raised his hand to someone’s head? That’s a straight red 🤷🏻♂️ #BBCFootball #ChampionsLeague #LIVBAR
— Rob Gibson (@rgibson24) May 7, 2019
Robertson on Messi…. our media “ruffled his hair”. Any other team involved and it’s a shove to the side of the head and a possible red card.
— Ryan Lamb (@RyAdLamb) May 7, 2019
Could be a red for Robertson, you simply can’t do that.
— Ollie (@OllieLFC17) May 7, 2019
— Kushal (@kushalbhastana) May 7, 2019
— Connor (@McEwen1171) May 7, 2019
Completely off ball. Red card for Robertson completely ignored. Why not go to VAR
— AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT (@oooooooooooo382) May 7, 2019
— Tunde Dedewo (@babsded) May 7, 2019