It was quite a tight Merseyside derby at Anfield on Friday night.
Liverpool and Everton met in a third-round clash after a hectic Christmas fixture schedule and both teams seemed very up for the game, with both Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce fielding strong XI’s.
Virgil van Dijk made his debut, while Sadio Mane was also included from the start despite the fact he was in Ghana only 24 hours earlier.
It was a game littered with controversial incidents and the first came courtesy of yet another dubious penalty decision. Yes, again; they’re becoming quite the theme of English football at the moment.
Everton youngster Mason Holgate was adjudged to have fouled Adam Lallana despite the fact that he barely made contact just inside the box, with the Liverpool man throwing himself to the ground.
James Milner converted to make it 1-0, with most Reds fans stating that is was simply karma for the very harsh penalty handed against Dejan Lovren on Dominic Calvert-Lewin in their Premier League meeting.
And, on Twitter, one man was getting a lot of stick for his opinion on both penalty incidents; BBC pundit Alan Shearer.
He was furiously lamenting the decision to award Lallana a spot kick but when it was Calvert-Lewin’s turn previously, Shearer was adamant that Lovren was at fault.
Hypocrisy at it’s finest.
LIVERPOOL FANS NOT HAPPY WITH ALAN
Alan Shearer says ours isn’t a penalty but said before that Calvert-Lewin’s was. Sound, Alan.
— Paul (@PauI16_) January 5, 2018
Alan Shearer saying that wasn’t a penalty yet Calvert-Lewins penalty was. Absolute shithouse. Both as soft as each other.
— The Anfield Truth — Andy (@AnfieldTruth) January 5, 2018
Alan shearer before the game saying lovren on Lewis 100% a penalty , and now claiming that wasn’t a penalty on lallana , stupid cunt
— LFC Hub (@Lfc_Hub) January 5, 2018
Alan Shearer, the absolute twat, is now saying that penalty was "not a penalty at all" despite saying before the game the one in the league was "100% a penalty" hmm
— Charlie (@AnfieldNotion) January 5, 2018
So Alan Shearer, you said Lovren’s touch on Calvert Lewin was a penalty but the hand from Holgate on Lallana wasn’t? Make up your mind mate.
— – filho da puta (@AnfieldRd96) January 5, 2018
Alan Shearer before the game: "Definite penalty when Lovren shoved Calvert-Lewin."
HT tonight: "It's a contact sport. You can't give a penalty every time someone goes down."
Stealing a living Alan. Absolutely stealing it.
— David Segar (@whichdave) January 5, 2018