After his team drew 1-1 against Chelsea last Sunday, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted that midfielder Cesc Fabregas should have been sent off from the game.
Early in the first half of the match, Fabregas attempted to stop Liverpool Raheem Sterling from advancing towards the goal. Rodgers insisted that the Chelsea defender should have been ejected for the tackle he made on Sterling. However, referee Andrew Marriner simply booked Fabregas for the move.”It was a poor challenge. Fabregas should’ve been sent off — out of control, diving, stretching,” he remarked.
Rodgers also dismissed the notion that it was still too early in the game to hand our red cards, saying that it doesn’t matter whether it happened early or late in the match.
For his part, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that he never saw the challenge. He added that he thought it was John Obi Mikel who made the foul. Mikel was earlier booked by Marriner, but his card was eventually overturned. Mourinho then declined to comment further on the particular situation.
With the draw, Liverpool remains in fifth place, six points behind fourth placer Manchester United. This also means that the squad is already out of the running for next season’s Champions League, even if there is still two games left to play.
Despite the result, Rodgers still was pleased with the result. He also praised his players for their effort to secure a draw for the team.
Steven Gerrard, in particular, gave a great performance in one of his last games with the Reds. Despite a poor start, the outgoing team captain rallied his squad, as he scored a goal near the end of the first match that equalised the point made by Chelsea captain John Terry in the opening minutes.
Gerrard left the match 11 minutes before time, with an ecstatic crowd applauding him. Mourinho also praised the 34-year old midfielder, who will be moving to MLS team LA Galaxy next summer.