Alan Brazil believes Mohamed Salah was fortunate to escape a red card following his ‘assassin-like’ tackle on Porto’s Danilo.
During the closing stages of Liverpool’s 2-0 victory on Tuesday night, the Egyptian sent his studs into the defender’s shin but didn’t receive a booking – even after the incident was reviewed by the video assistant referee.
It means the forward avoids a ban for the second-leg, which along with their two-goal advantage, puts Liverpool firmly in control of the tie.
“Salah was very, very fortunate,” Brazil said. “That’s a red card in today’s game.
“You know when you go ‘ooh’ – you, know, he was just very assassin-like”
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And Brazil, speaking on his Sports Breakfast show, suggests the incident was another example of Liverpool favouritism among referees.
He added: “If you go back through time, Liverpool, at Anfield, have had some incredible decisions.
“That’s not to say they’re lucky, some of the teams they’ve had have just been magnificent.
“But the crowd do put referees under pressure.”
It would take a brave person to bet against Liverpool after first-half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino ensured they take a two-goal advantage to Portugal.
The Reds will be watching tonight’s clash between Manchester United and Barcelona with eager eyes, seeing as the winner will face Liverpool or Porto in the semi-finals.