Football

'It was a 
clear penalty'

Rodgers livid as Cahill's handball goes unpunished

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was disappointed his side were not given what he described as a "clear penalty" in yesterday's 2-1 English Premier League loss to Chelsea.

The Reds took a ninth-minute lead through Emre Can's deflected effort before Gary Cahill levelled five minutes later.

Diego Costa's 67th-minute strike sealed victory as the Spain international scored his 10th goal in just nine EPL game for the Blues.

However it was the non-award of the penalty by referee Anthony Taylor, after a shot from Steven Gerrard hit the arm of Cahill in the area late on, which rankled the Anfield faithful.

"It was a clear one," Rodgers told BT Sport 1.

"We worked so hard in the game, we need those decisions. It was quite obvious, the player leans into the ball, it hits his hand, it was a clear, clear penalty and the referee has a clear view of it.

"The players gave everything and we deserved at least a point."

SEEKING STURRIDGE

It was Liverpool's fifth league defeat of the season and Rodgers, who has now not beaten Chelsea in eight attempts, is hoping the return of Daniel Sturridge will be the catalyst to kick-start their season.

"We have got to keep working hard," Rodgers added. "We are hoping Daniel will be back after the international break.

"We understand the frustrations (of the fans), the players, myself and the staff, we have a lot of work to do."

The win saw Chelsea go 15 points clear of the Reds and captain John Terry is hopeful their form continues.

"We have seen that everyone has beaten everyone," he said. "We have had a good run, hopefully we can come back from the international break and continue our form.

"We are proving hard to beat and long may that continue."

Terry conceded that Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty late on, saying "We have had some not go our way, it evens itself out", but for his manager Jose Mourinho, his side's performance was worth the headlines.

"Too far (away) for me (to tell), I don't know, but the victory is very much deserved," he said.

"I know that some people say that Liverpool didn't play so well, I would disagree, they tried everything, but Chelsea were the best team.

"We showed big personality. One point at Anfield, most teams accept that as a great result, but the team didn't."

- PA Sport.

It was quite obvious, the player leans into the ball, it hits his hand, it was a clear, clear penalty and the referee has a clear view of it.

— Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Gary Cahill’s handball

BY THE NUMBERS

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Diego Costa has reached 10 Premier League goals in just nine games. The only player to hit double figures in fewer games is Micky Quinn, who scored 10 goals in six games for Coventry City in the 1992/1993 season.