West Ham fans adamant Diogo Jota's Liverpool winner should have never stood

Liverpool sub Diogo Jota broke West Ham hearts scoring the Reds' late winner at Anfield in their 2-1 Premier League victory, but there was a suspicion of offside against Sadio Mane

Posted Monday, November 02, 2020 by Dailystar.co.uk

Diogo Jota provided the most important touch for Liverpool against West Ham with his cooly taken finish five minutes from time.

However, Sadio Mane’s role played in the winner at Anfield on Saturday evening was what had Hammers fans talking.

The No.10 was clearly in an offside position following Xherdan Shaqiri’s through ball as he walked back away from Lukasz Fabianki’s goal.

The ball was left by Mane but he was in the eyeline of the West Ham goalkeeper, blocking his sight of Jota.

The Portuguese substitute reacted quickest and latched onto the pass, before sliding it inside the near post.

Angel Ogbonna also failed to spot Jota’s run, with Mane arguably blocking his vision too.

West Ham fans adamant Diogo Jota's Liverpool winner should have never stood
Diogo Jota finished well after he latched onto Xherdan Shaqiri's delicate through ball

VAR deemed the goal to be fine, though, as it was felt Mane was not interfering with play.

Livid West Ham supporters, who were already incensed by Mohamed Salah’s soft penalty from the firs half, disagreed.

One Hammers fan posted on Twitter: “Offside to me. Interfering with play. Right in front of keeper. Again, its liVARpool. Not a pen either. Salah should have been booked for diving AGAIN. A draw would have been a fair result.”

Another perplexed fan said: “I thought this but none of the players complained?”

A third posted: “I genuinely think our defenders stand still because they know Mane is offside here.”

“Coufal and Ogbonna looking at mane as well didn’t even see Jota,” a fourth said.

And a fifth put: “The pass almost touched him he was soo close. How is that not interfering?”

Jota had already been denied minutes before after VAR urged referee Kevin Friend to check the pitch-side monitor.

It was felt Mane had fouled Angelo Ogbonna challenging for the ball before it fell to Jota.

The tight call was tough on the hosts and the Reds felt justice was done themselves when they snatched all three Premier League points eventually through their in-form summer signing from Wolves.

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