Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson fumes about Liverpool penalty

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is happy to be treated as a “pariah” after insisting that Liverpool should not have been awarded a penalty in their 2-0 Premier League win at Selhurst Park.

The Reds were given a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time when Mohamed Salah went down under a clumsy challenge from Mamadou Sakho.

James Milner converted from 12 yards and then Sadio Mane made the game safe in stoppage time after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for bringing down Mohamed Salah
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for bringing down Mohamed Salah (Nick Potts/PA)

“I’ve got some comfort or pride in the team’s performance, but it’s not going to change my anger at the way we came in at half-time a goal down,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a penalty. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

“It’s a cause for frustration and anger. But if you ask me about the team’s performance, I thought it was very, very good.

“It’s not a penalty. I’ve been in football a long time. If that’s a penalty, then the game has changed beyond all recognition.

James Milner scored from the penalty spot
James Milner scored from the penalty spot (Nick Potts/PA)

“I don’t want penalties for my team in that way.

“If people can’t see that I’ll be the pariah who only sees what he wants to see and all you guys will see something different and I will accept that.

“If I don’t say that those are not penalties both for and against my team I will be very disappointed in myself.”

Sadio Mane made the game safe in stoppage time
Sadio Mane made the game safe in stoppage time (Nick Potts/PA)

“I thought we could have done better, but we expected Palace to be that strong,” he said.

“They were clear in their approach against us, playing the big number of long balls. I saw that in the warm-up from (Wayne) Hennessey and thought, ‘Wow, it’s going to be really difficult’.

“Defensively it was absolutely OK. The rhythm and timing was not good offensively, both full-backs need to open up their game a bit.

“I have no idea on the penalty, I can’t say more. Milly scored in the best minute of the first half.”

Given the onslaught Liverpool had to face, £75million defender Virgil van Dijk was a key performer and he earned the praise of his boss.

“Virgil’s performance was really, really good,” Klopp added. “Quality costs a specific price. Cars are like that. Lots of things are like that. Players too.

“Nobody thinks about that now, which is good. In this market at the moment, he’s at least worth it even if it’s not too cheap. He loves playing with these boys.”

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