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Joe Cole criticises referee for not awarding Chelsea penalty during 4-1 defeat to Liverpool

 Former England international, Joe Cole has criticised referee, Paul Tierney for not awarding Chelsea a penalty during the first ten minutes of their Premier League clash against Liverpool on Wednesday night at Anfield.

Cole believes Tierney failed to be brave to award a penalty when Conor Gallagher burst into the penalty area and went down under a challenge from Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk.

Tierney did not point to the penalty spot and VAR did not step in, so play went on.

The match eventually ended in a 4-1 win in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Asked if he felt it was a penalty, Cole said on TNT Sports: “Absolutely.

“Sterling ghosts into the box, Gallagher takes a lovely touch and Van Dijk just squares himself off.

“I think he just leans into him. To me that is a penalty. In front of the Kop, first 10 minutes, I think the referee has not been brave there.”

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