Joe Allen believes he could have conceded a penalty during the opening minutes at St Mary’s.
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has revealed that he felt lucky not to concede a penalty during Sunday’s clash against Southampton, according to the Mirror.
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The midfielder made the admission over a challenge which occurred during the fourth minute of Liverpool’s game at St Mary’s, where Allen slid in on Southampton’s Filip Djuricic inside the box, but seemingly made no contact with the ball.
“If I am being honest I didn’t get contact on the ball, which was disappointing because I felt I could get it but missed it,” Allen said.
While admitting that he failed to make contact with the ball, the Welsh international also believes that the challenge on Djuricic was strong enough to bring the Serbian down.
“I didn’t really take him down either so it is one of them where my heart was in my mouth a little bit but at the same time I can see why it wasn’t given,” Allen continued.
The incident – almost straight after Phillipe Coutinho had put Liverpool ahead with a 35 yard screamer – was one of a number of penalty appeals made by both sides throughout the game, none of which did enough to convince referee Kevin Friend to point to the spot.
Raheem Sterling added a second goal for Brendan Rodgers’s side midway through the second half, to seal the victory and leave Liverpool one place and point behind yesterday’s opponents.