Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers rues penalty calls

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Blackburn Rovers Gary Bowyer

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers thought his side should have been awarded at least one penalty in the FA Cup draw with Blackburn on Sunday.

Rovers set out with a defensive mind-set and the Reds could not break them down across 90 minutes. The Premier League side will now have to travel to Ewood Park for a replay, which is not what they would have wanted with the race for Champions League football coming to a head.

The Reds hit the post with Kolo Toure’s close-range header but also had a couple of penalty appeals turned down, one for a foul on Adam Lallana and also when substitute Mario Balotelli appeared to have his shirt pulled.

Neither were given by referee Andre Marriner and Gary Bowyer’s Championship side managed to hold on for a draw.

“I definitely thought we should have had one penalty. Adam Lallana got his body between the man and the ball and as he went to shoot he was knocked over,” said Rodgers.

“I thought that was a clear penalty. The others were debatable. We probably needed that bit of luck to get the game opened up.”

Liverpool will have to wait until April 8 for the replay as a result of international football and UEFA’s own regulations but it could actually work out worse for Blackburn than it does for the Reds with the Championship side having to play three times in 100 hours.

Even the Reds boss thinks that will be harsh on the team, he said:” I feel for them, it’s unbelievable.”

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