Alan Shearer blasts referee ‘clanger’ that led to Liverpool winner vs Forest | Football

Forest were furious with the decision (Picture: Getty)

Alan Shearer has slammed Premier League officials after getting a crucial decision ‘totally wrong’ minutes before Liverpool’s dramatic winner at Nottingham Forest.

Darwin Nunez headed home the winning goal in the 99th minute to secure another huge late win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

There was major controversy in the lead-up to the goal, however. Referee Paul Tierney stopped play in the 96th minute after Ibrahima Konate went down with a head injury in the Liverpool box during a Forest corner.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was in possession when play was stopped but the ball was returned to Caoimhin Kelleher in goal for an uncontested drop ball as play resumed.

Liverpool cleared the ball upfield and after sustained pressure from the visitors, Nunez headed home the late winner.

IFAB rules suggest Forest should have been awarded the drop ball after Konate went down with Hudson-Odoi in possession with former Premier League official Mark Clattenburg claimed Liverpool benefitted from a mistake from referee Tierney.

Premier League legend Shearer was among those left bewildered by the decision, insisting the Liverpool goal ‘doesn’t happen’ if the right call was made.

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Nunez nodded home a 99th minute winner (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s dropped a big clanger, Paul Tierney,’ Shearer told Match of the Day. ‘He’s got it totally wrong. It’s a corner to Forest late on, and Konate gets a head injury.

‘He gets knocked down by his goalkeeper, Kelleher, and Paul Tierney doesn’t blow [straight away]; Hudson-Odoi has the ball, and then the referee blows because it’s a head injury. He blows when Forest have the ball.

‘What he does is he then gives the ball unchallenged to the goalkeeper, which is totally wrong and should be a Forest unchallenged drop-ball out on the wing where the ball was stopped. That’s who touched it last.

‘I get the point of the goal being one minute and 50 seconds later; the point is valid, but if you drop it where Forest should have had it, everything changes.

‘Liverpool don’t get the corner, and the goal doesn’t happen.’


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