Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has claimed that Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku deliberately stamped on him in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Lukaku will face no action over the alleged stamp, it was revealed yesterday, with the Football Association choosing not to question the 24-year-old over the incident.
Despite that, Lovren has publicly come out against Lukaku to claim his actions were deliberate as the pair came together in the middle of the pitch.
Lukaku appeared appeared to kick Lovren’s face with his boot some time after the ball had left the area.
“I made a tackle and felt he was over me and he could just have moved away,” Lovren said in Liverpool’s pre-match press conference ahead of a Champions League tie vs Maribor.
”My honest view is that he did it on purpose. It was on the face.
”If he did it normally, you would apologise after that. I saw that he was nervous during the game so maybe that was the reason.
“That is what happens on a pitch. It is over. I cannot change it. It is what it is now. That’s football.”
If Lukaku did deliberately connect with Lovren’s face, he’s incredibly lucky to avoid action from the FA. A ban would have lasted at least three games.
The Belgian cut a frustrated figure at Anfield, getting little service and missing the one chance he carved out for himself with the help of Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.