Report reveals Liverpool felt Taylor ‘took pity’ on Man Utd

Lewis Oldham
Liverpool on referee Anthony Taylor

Liverpool staff felt like Premier League referee Anthony Taylor “took pity” on Manchester United during their game at Old Trafford on Sunday, according to reports.

Jurgen Klopp’s side humiliated their rivals over the weekend as they beat them 5-0. Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick after Naby Keita and Diogo Jota netted early on.

This is Liverpool’s biggest ever win at Old Trafford and it puts Man Utd boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer under even more pressure.

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Paul Pogba was sent off in the second half for a poor challenge on Keita. One or two more Man Utd players could have been dismissed. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were both booked for rash challenges.

The Athletic are reporting that Taylor “took pity” on United during the defeat.

Their report states: “Though he privately claims to be an Altrincham fan, wider questions have long been asked about Taylor’s appointment to games involving Manchester clubs given that he was born and grew up in Greater Manchester.

“Inside Liverpool, he is considered a competent referee but on this occasion, according to sources close to the Liverpool bench, there was a feeling that Taylor took pity on United.

“There could have been five red cards for United in total,” said a Liverpool source.

Klopp reportedly felt that Fred should have been sent off for a high challenge on Keita. This came a few minutes before the Liverpool midfielder was forced off as a result of Pogba’s challenge:

They add: “(Antoine) Griezmann got a red card for doing the same thing on Bobby (Firmino) in the previous game. Where’s the consistency?”

Elsewhere, Jamie Carragher has suggested that Liverpool were not at their “absolute best” against Man Utd:

“I’m not trying to be clever here. But I don’t think Liverpool were at their absolute best in terms of actual possession.

“Certainly throughout that first half, they gave Manchester United opportunities by losing the ball but whenever they made passes and got in and around United’s back four… that’s just a joke of a back four, the way it is playing.

“It was just a mess, Keystone Cops kind of defending. But you can’t quite believe what you’ve seen. I was saying on commentary, I was saying almost drink this in to the supporters watching it at home – it will never get better than that.

“The one slight disappointment was that there was half an hour to go against 10 men so you’ll never get that opportunity again [to score more].

“Manchester United and Liverpool are the biggest rivals perhaps in world football. Two huge clubs in the North-west of England. I’ve a huge respect for what both clubs have achieved, but you’re not going to get that opportunity too often.

“This is a special Liverpool team with a special manager. The three teams at the top of the Premier League alongside Bayern Munich are the four best teams in Europe. We’ve got real quality in the Premier League.”