Fulham manager Marco Silva claims Liverpool’s match-winning penalty was embarrassing as his team fell to an eighth defeat in 10 games.
Mohamed Salah scored from the spot for the second match in a row to secure a 1-0 win after Issa Diop was ruled to have brought down Darwin Nunez.
However, Silva was not convinced, saying: “The way they scored the goal, I have to say it’s embarrassing.
“Today in football, giving a penalty like that, after the VAR did not take that penalty (out) is difficult to understand.
“I won’t say anything else because afterwards it will be difficult for me and I don’t want to create more problems for myself. It’s hard to understand that penalty,” Silva said.
“When Darwin touched the ball, he started to dive, but then he touched his left leg with Issa.
“They are going to say that it is hard but the referee gave and then the VAR cannot remove it. It’s always the same conversation. I did not speak to the referee at the end or at halftime. I had a few words with the fourth official.
“Issa told me that it is clear that it is not a penalty. The referee was wrong and the VAR is there to make that decision and not allow the penalty to be extended. That is clear to me.”
The win secured a fifth successive win for Liverpool for the first time since April 2022 and kept the pressure on fourth-placed Manchester United, who they trail by four points after playing two more games.
“Really satisfied with a lot of the game: controlling the first half, creating dead-end situations,” manager Jurgen Klopp said.
“I like the penalty a lot because it is a counter-pressure situation; Darwin is squarely in the situation and gets a pen and Mo finishes him off.
“So we didn’t close the game early and we have to fight until the end and we needed Ali (Alisson Becker) obviously, the save of (Carlos) Vinicius was sensational and he was happy for the clean sheet more than anyone.
“Five wins in a row is super difficult. I felt like it was years ago that we did it and I like it the most.