Liverpool vs Chelsea: Blues Fans Fume After Being Denied Penalty in Moment Involving Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool vs Chelsea: Blues Fans Fume After Being Denied Penalty in Moment Involving Virgil Van Dijk

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 1, 2024 at 7:25 AM
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  • Liverpool's game against Chelsea ended in a win for the Reds
  • The match was marred by a controversial refereeing decision
  • Liverpool's win cemented their lead on the summit of the EPL

A section of Chelsea fans has taken to social media to claim they were denied a clear penalty during their Premier League clash against Liverpool.

The Blues took on the league leaders in an entertaining clash on Wednesday night at Anfield.

The tie saw the hosts secure a 4-1 emphatic win to cement their lead on top of the EPL standings with 51 points.

Conor Gallagher goes down under a challenge from Virgil van Dijk during the Premier League match at Anfield. Photo by Peter Byrne.
Chelsea's Conor Gallagher goes down to a challenge from Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the Premier League match at Anfield. Photo by Peter Byrne.
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Diogo Jota opened the scoring for the Reds in the 23rd minute before youngster, Conor Bradley doubled the advantage in the 39th minute.

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Upon the resumption of the second half, Dominik Szoboszlai made it 3-0, with Christopher Nkunku pulling one back for Chelsea in the 71st minute.

However, the home side took the EPL game beyond Mauricio Pochettino's men in the 79th minute when Luis Diaz scored Liverpool's fourth goal.

Chelsea fans fume at denied penalty

The match was marred with a moment of controversy, with the visitors contending they were denied a clear penalty.

According to SPORTbible, the west Londoners thought they should have been awarded a spot kick moments before Jota's opener following a clash between Conor Gallagher and Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutchman brought down the Englishman inside the box as the midfielder ran past the Liverpool captain.

However, referee Paul Tierney failed to point to the spot, with the VAR also upholding his decision.

The incident sparked fury from the Chelsea camp, with some fans taking to social media to lament the decision.

@ForeverBlue_07 posted:

"Getting robbed at the ground of LiVARpool. Imagine my shock."

@diasnation added:

"It was clear penalty."

@NVSEvade boldly claimed:

"Liverpool paid the refs."

@MheeKhoon concluded:

"Rigged for Liverpool as usual."

Footballers who played for both Liverpool and Chelsea

Sports Brief also previously analysed footballers who represented both Liverpool and Chelsea ahead of the Anfield cracker.

Both teams have shared great rivalry on the pitch and have played some entertaining games, including two cup finals in 2022.

Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling top the list of players who have plied their trade at both Anfield and Stamford Bridge.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.