‘What is he complaining about?’: Michael Owen reacts to West Ham-Liverpool controversy

Michael Owen says Thiago Alcantara should not have been penalized for handballing inside the penalty area during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over West Ham United on Wednesday night at London Stadium.

As West Ham sought a late equalizer, the ball struck Thiago Alcantara’s hand inside the penalty area as he was crouching on the ground, but on-field referee Chris Kavanagh dismissed any complaints.

After the final whistle, former Everton manager David Moyes was furious at that decision, but Michael Owen added: “I don’t know what he’s complaining about” as he agreed with the decision not to award a penalty.

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It was a great decision by the referees because if that late penalty was awarded and converted, it would have dented Liverpool’s four best hopes and pushed the Hammers one step closer to safety.

In the end, another call on the pitch, which Kavanagh didn’t review via his side monitor, turned out to be a major talking point.

While West Ham and Moyes are upset, it’s something Michael Owen just doesn’t agree with. as he told Premier League Productions (26/04/23 at 22:50).

“You can see why he (Moyes) wasn’t happy,” Owen said. “But you can see that his (Thiago’s) hands are in a natural position. I don’t think it’s a penalty.

On Moyes’ exchange with the referees after the game: “I don’t know what he’s complaining about. It’s safe to say that (Moyes doesn’t share my opinion).”

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West Ham should have been awarded a penalty plain and simple. If the shoe was on the other foot, and this call was against Liverpool, then you would have heard it from Klopp.

Perhaps the only lucky thing for West Ham is that they need one more win and they are safe.

Even if they lose their next game, they still won’t fall into the relegation zone, so in that sense they’ve done enough to survive, it’s just a case of pushing themselves beyond the line.

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