Latest Aston Villa news from Birmingham Live amid complaints over the opening Liverpool goal against the Villans on Sunday
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has delivered his verdict on Liverpool’s contentious opening goal against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Dominik Szoboszlai scored his first goal for the Reds after just three minutes, with Jurgen Klopp’s side coming out as 3-0 winners over Unai Emery’s men. The goal was though subject of a check by the Video Assistant Referee, before it was decided that it was legitimate.
Replays of the goal showed Mohamed Salah standing in an offside position in front of Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez when the shot was taken.
But Gallagher has explained on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch why he believes the right decision was given.
“Can the goalkeeper see the shot? Yes, I think he can. Does Salah move towards the ball, or is he near or close to the ball? No,” he said.
“They feel the shot is going into the far corner and the goalkeeper can’t save the shot. This is the tactic they’ve used all season to interpret that law, and it was evident earlier in the season as we saw against Wolves and Brighton when [Pervis] Estupinan scored, [Danny] Welbeck was in an offside position, same thing happened, goal given.
“It’s how they interpret the law, it’s what they work to. The law said he has to impact the outcome of that decision and he has no impact, Salah, he’s not close enough to the ball.
“He’s far enough away from the goalkeeper and the goalkeeper has enough time to react as the ball is so far away from him.”
The explanation comes after former Arsenal striker turned pundit Ian Wright slammed the decision. “What we saw is that Mo Salah is obstructing Emi Martinez’s line of vision,” he said .
“So Howard Webb is probably going to have to make another phone call this week at some stage because that is offside, and that is interfering with Emi Martinez. I don’t understand any more.”