You made big mistake – Michael Owen slams Atkinson for Southampton’s goal against Liverpool
Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen has hit out at referee, Martin Atkinson for his role in Southampton’s goal against the Reds in Tuesday’s Premier League tie.
During the match between Liverpool and Southampton, in the 13th minute, Diogo Jota collected the ball from teammate, James Milner before Saints defender, Lyanco clashed into the Portuguese international.
Referee Atkinson deemed the challenge not to be a foul and the hosts broke into a counter as a result.
Nathan Redmond finished off the move by gliding into the Liverpool box as he scored against the visitors.
Liverpool responded well and dominated large portions of the first-half and found their eventual equalizer through Takumi Minamino in the 27th minute before Joel Matip sealed the victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men in the second half.
However, Liverpool were aggrieved by the lack of a foul being given against Lyanco in the build-up to the Southampton opener.
Owen agreed with those sentiments, and he wrote on Twitter: “I think Martin Atkinson has made a big mistake there and I’m surprised VAR didn’t intervene. It was a clear foul on Jota in the lead up to the goal.”