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Van Dijk Puzzled by Gross’ Lack of Red Card in Liverpool Draw



Van Dijk Puzzled by Gross' Lack of Red Card in Liverpool Draw

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk expressed surprise that Pascal Gross was not sent off during their draw with Brighton, after the midfielder committed a clumsy penalty foul.

Gross hauled down Dominik Szoboszlai in the box, conceding a penalty that Mohamed Salah converted to give Liverpool an early lead. However, Gross avoided a booking or red card from referee Anthony Taylor and VAR.


Van Dijk said after the match that he questioned on the pitch why Gross did not receive any punishment. As the penalty was scored, Van Dijk was curious to understand the referee’s reasoning for not booking or sending off Gross.

It’s believed Gross escaped sanction because VAR deemed the foul did not deny Szoboszlai a “clear goalscoring opportunity”.


The decision proved costly as Brighton captain Lewis Dunk earned his side a point with a late equalizer. Liverpool were left frustrated by another contentious officiating call.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp acknowledged after the match that most felt Gross should have been sent off for denying a goalscoring chance. While he didn’t want to criticize the officials, Klopp implied the decision not to punish Gross was debatable.


Van Dijk felt Liverpool had chances to claim all three points but settled for a draw in an even contest against a difficult Brighton team. The missed opportunities left Liverpool focusing on the international break before crucial upcoming matches.

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