Uruguay attacker is lucky he was not seriously injured after shocking incident.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers said that Everton midfield player Kevin Mirallas deserved to be shown a straight red card for his “career-threatening challenge” on Reds front man Luis Suarez during Saturday afternoon’s thrilling Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Belgium international was extremely fortunate not to have been given his marching orders by referee Phil Dowd after the 26-year-old went in with a two-footed studs-up tackle on the visitors’ forward that left Suarez in a crumpled heep on the floor and in some apparent agony for moments after the incident.
However, much to a lot of neutrals’ surprise, the man in the middle only opted to brandish a yellow card for the horror challenge, a decision that clearly infuriated the Reds boss, who made his feelings clear for all to hear after the full-time whistle had sounded in the thrilling 3-3 draw.
“I thought Mirallas should have gone, it was a really, really poor challenge,” said Rodgers in his post-match interview.
“It would have been interesting if it was Luis Suarez that made the challenge, what the outcome would have been. It was nowhere near the ball, he’s gone at his knee and for a period of 10 or 15 minutes after that Luis was really struggling.
“They’re career-threatening challenges what we’re trying to eradicate from the game. It was a poor, poor challenge and definitely should have been a red card.”
Mirallas had actually drawn the home side level with a near-post finish in what was a frantic opening to the fiercely contested encounter, before that man Suarez enacted some revenge by putting Liverpool back in front with a sensational free kick midway through the first half.
However, after a second-half Romelu Lukaku brace, Reds sub Daniel Sturridge headed home a late equaliser in this pulsating six-goal thriller.