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Talksport excellent on Mike Dean after Liverpool fiasco

1 month ago
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I know these words aren’t said very often but…this is excellent from Talksport.

The shambles that was the refereeing performance at Anfield on Thursday night, has predictably been rather differently reported generally in the media, compared to what we know would have happened if Liverpool had been on the receiving end.

Nice to see it being evened up to a small extent.

Whilst obviously most of Talksport is woeful, due to their overwhelming reliance on lining up mainly thick former players to antagonise fans with deliberately provocative comments, they do have an odd decent presenter or two.

Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs have been on Talksport for a long time and are easily the most credible people on the radio station.

Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs speaking on Talksport:

“Mike Dean.

“I mean, honestly.

“What is wrong with these referees?

“He has got two players with a head injury down in the box and he doesn’t stop the game.

“And whenever players are injured in the box, there is always a goal.

“It just disrupts the defence, panic ensues…I don’t know what it is.

“But he [Mike Dean] had time to stop it.

“Look, Liverpool would have won, Liverpool would have won anyway.

“But it was incredibly poor refereeing, the standard of our referees is so bad.”

Andy Jacobs:

“Can Mike Dean go?”

Paul Hawksbee:

“Yes, he should have gone years ago, let’s be honest.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Thursday 16 December 8pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Goals:

Liverpool:

Jota 21, Salah 25, Alexander-Arnold 87

Newcastle:

Shelvey 7

Possession was Liverpool 74% (77%) Newcastle 26% (23%)

Total shots were Liverpool 23 (12) Newcastle 4 (2)

Shots on target were Liverpool 8 (6) Newcastle 2 (2)

Corners were Liverpool 11 (6) Newcastle 0 (0)

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis (Ritchie 15), Hayden, Murphy, Shelvey, Fraser (Willock 87), Saint-Maximin (Wilson 79), Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hendrick, Gayle, Longstaff, Almiron, Clark

(3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Read HERE)

(Former top referee rules on this controversial Liverpool v Newcastle incident – Read HERE)

(Jurgen Klopp says he can understand why Eddie Howe might ‘not be happy about that’ – Read HERE)

(Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(3 questions to ask on controversial incident that won game for Liverpool against Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Eddie Howe points finger of blame at Mike Dean after Newcastle United defeat at Anfield – Read HERE)

(Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Thursday’s defeat – Read HERE)

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