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Was this a penalty? Suarez incident sets up Liverpool’s equaliser

Steven Gerrard scored from the spot — but was it a penalty in the first place?

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LIVERPOOL AND ASTON VILLA left Anfield with very different views on the controversial penalty call that decided this evening’s draw.

Liverpool trailed 2-1 when Luis Suarez went down under this challenge from Villa keeper Brad Guzan early in the second half.

Referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot, allowing Steven Gerrard to equalise.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers described the incident as “a clear penalty” and said that Guzan had made contact but Villa boss Paul Lambert disagreed.

“I think Guzan’s pulled his arms away,” he told Sky Sports. “That could be a biased view but I don’t think it is.

“I think Jon is in a good position to see it and if you look at Guzan, he pulls his arms away.

“I’m sure everybody will have a different opinion.”

He added: “You’re up against the Kop end and it can be an intimidating place. Jon’s got a hard job and he’s got one decision to make but I don’t think it was.”

As it happened: Liverpool v Aston Villa, Premier League

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