A bruised Dejan Lovren was unhappy not to receive an apology from Ross Barkley for the Everton midfielder’s over-the-top challenge in a feisty Merseyside derby.
The Toffees’ England international could easily have been sent off in the first half of their 3-1 defeat at Anfield as he made at least three reckless challenges, the last of which on Lovren earned him a yellow card but could easily have been interpreted as a red by referee Anthony Taylor. The tackle was discussed in 16 Conclusions.
Lovren played down the ferocity of the tackle, which saw his opponent plant his foot on his shin after over-running the ball, but felt a charged-up Barkley should have at least said sorry.
“That is the only thing I do not like. If you make a hard challenge then be open about it and say sorry or something like that,” said the Croatian.
“Don’t talk to the referee and say it was not a foul. I think everyone saw it, especially me, but now it is over.
“If I show you (my leg) it will be headlines tomorrow.”
Victory strengthened Liverpool’s claims for Champions League football next season, but effectively ended Everton’s slim chances of crashing the top-four party.
With all their matches against top-seven rivals now complete, the Reds have to prove they have the mettle in games against teams they have struggled against the most this season, starting with the visit of Bournemouth on Wednesday.
“We are still there in the top four, but we want to be there at the end to go to the Champions League, so need as many points as possible,” added the centre-back, on his first appearance since January 31 because of injuries.
“There are still a lot of games ahead of us and we must think of the next game.
“We lost away at Bournemouth which was a wake-up call for next time, so now we must continue.
“We need to show our qualities in our mind and repeat it against Bournemouth and take as many points as possible.
“If you want to play in the Champions League then you need to play like a Champions League team.”