Liverpool and Everton were involved in another entertaining derby, and this time, the Reds snatched a crucial 2-1 win to progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Liverpool’s club record signing Virgil van Dijk scored the winner for the hosts as Anfield erupted with celebration to see their side see off their Merseyside rivals. This was the second meeting between the two clubs this season, with the earlier league game resulting in a 1-1 draw.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored in the 67th minute to level terms for Sam Allardyce’s side after having earlier gone down by a James Milner penalty. Everton’s defender Mason Holgate had fouled Adam Lallana inside the penalty box, and Milner slotted home.
But during the match, one of the incidents gained much attention. Holgate and Roberto Firmino were involved in a bust-up, and the Brazilian’s reply caught attention of fans on social media site Twitter.
At the end of the first-half, Holgate pushed Firmino into the crowd, who reacted with a lot of anger. The Liverpool No. 9 immediately went chasing after him, but the referee stood in between to pacify things.
That did not stop Firmino, who hurled some abuse, and he’s believed to have said: “Are you mad? You son of a b****.”
Since then, many journalists and fans have had their thoughts on the incident, with some stating Holgate should have been shown a yellow card at least.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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