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"Naive" Or A Dive? - Opinions Split On Contentious Liverpool Penalty

"Naive" Or A Dive? - Opinions Split On Contentious Liverpool Penalty
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Although they rarely put themselves on the front foot during this evening's FA Cup Merseyside Derby, Everton have good reason to feel aggrieved about the nature of their defeat to Liverpool this evening.

A Mason Holgate "tackle" on Liverpool's Adam Lallana late on in the first-half gave referee Bobby Madley sufficient reason to award the hosts a penalty.

Dispatched by James Milner with typical aplomb, a closer look at the incident would suggest that the Toffees were very hard done by.

While Liverpool fans were quick to hark back to an equally contentious penalty awarded to Everton when the sides met last month, two wrongs don't necessarily make a right in this regard.

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A challenge that demonstrated the naivety of Everton's young defender Holgate for co-commentator Martin Keown, the wider reaction suggests that it is Lallana who is deserving of more condemnation here.

Needless to say, there were those that felt Holgate put himself in an invidious decision by raising his arms in the first place.

Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Peter Reid and Danny Murphy in the BBC studio felt that Everton had been hard-done by with Madley's decision.

In the end, an Everton leveler was cancelled out when debutante Virgil van Dijk netted the winner on his Liverpool debut.

You can make your decision by watching the incident play out below.

See Also: Mayor Of Liverpool Suspects Foul Play Amid Ross Barkley's Move To Chelsea

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