‘Simple as that’ – Ben Foster delivers verdict on Manuel Akanji’s foul on Alisson

Manchester City were denied a second goal due to a foul on the Liverpool ‘keeper

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Liverpool and Manchester City played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Etihad that was not short of drama and controversey.

In the 68th minute, Ruben Dias appeared to have scored a crucial second goal by tapping in a loose ball following a corner.

It would have been very difficult for the Reds to get anything from the game if it became a two-goal deficit so late in the game.

However, referee Chris Kavanagh sounded his whistle to indicate a foul in the build-up to the goal.

Alisson Becker’s mistake was caused by Manchester City’s Manuel Akanji, who was found to have fouled the Brazilian in the build-up to the goal.

Some of have suggested the goal should have stood, with the foul on the Liverpool ‘keeper adjudged to have been ‘soft’.

Nonetheless former goalkeeper turned content creator Ben Foster has backed the referee’s decision and believes the call was the correct one.

“What I have to say is it’s a foul, it’s as simple as that, it’s a foul,” he began on his YouTube channel.

“And I’ll explain why.”

“Until you’ve been a goalkeeper, until you’ve taken your feet off the ground and you have your eyes on that ball, and you’re putting your hands up there, the second somebody not even grabs your arm, and I mean this, if somebody gives you a little nudge in your waist, in your leg, anything, your body just moves. It completely moves.”

“And when you’re trying to catch a ball that’s travelling at 40, 50, 60, 70 miles an hour, the margin for error is so tiny. It’s minuscule.”

“To actually be able to catch the ball at that moment in time when somebody’s touched you is near on impossible.”

“It’s hard enough at the best of times to catch the thing. But when somebody’s nudged you as well, all bets are off, Foster finished off saying.”

Additionally, the former Manchester United ‘keeper has no allegiance to Liverpool – he is simply a neutral who knows what goalkeepers have to go through.

Ex-referee Dermot Gallagher also agreed with the on-field decision of a foul.

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