(Video) Gallagher: Taylor was ‘not in control of the situation’ for Gakpo incident

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It was one of the strangest calls you’re likely to see as Cody Gakpo was stopped from being able to knock the ball into an empty net and Dermot Gallagher has had his say.

Speaking on Sky Sports, the ex-referee said: “It’s a mess that could have been avoided very easily.

“Areola grabs the ball – I think he collides with the post. Anthony Taylor, for whatever reason, signals advantage.

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“But when he goes back upfield, Areola throws the ball to the ground. The referee sees it, blows up and decides the goalkeeper needs treatment.

“He’s dug himself out well by seeing Gakpo’s closing in and the player needs treatment, but one wonders if it had gone in the net.

“But he originally decided he didn’t need treatment. That’s where he makes the mistake – he turns his back on the ball. For that period, you’re not in control of the situation.”

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It was a mess completely of Anthony Taylor’s making and one that he tried to save his own embarrassment with, by blowing his whistle instead of facing up to it.

It really was farcical from the Manchester-born official and a mistake that speaks volumes for the poor standards of officiating in the Premier League at the moment.

You can watch Gallagher’s take on Taylor’s handling of the Gakpo situation via @SkySportsPL on X:

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  1. Usual “Old Boys Club” BS spin. Taylor is an embarrassment to himself and Gallagher is no better. PGMOL just do not want LFC to win and this is why Klopp is leaving. He is sick and tired of officials subjectively screwing over LFC and all we get are apologies, which are as useful as tits on a nun. Even if Taylor admitted he had screwed up, that does not help anyone besides making him feel better about himself and even that he cannot do. Absolute oxygen thief.

  2. Anthony Taylor has never been a good referee when it’s comes to Liverpool and the FA knows that very well.
    The question is, who is it that they don’t like? The club or the manager? Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t say it, but I think sick and tired with this happenings, especially with the incidents at Tottenham Hotspur, it completely frustrated the manager and his team as well; two unnecessary reds and a goal unnecessarily disallowed.
    It’s a shame.

  3. Stop looking for excuses. You’ll never played well in a long time. And I am a die hard liverpool fan.

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