Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes that Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko “embarrassed himself” after feigning injury during his side’s 2-2 draw against the Reds on Sunday.
The City striker stayed down after a tackle from defender Daniel Agger, and despite protests from the home fans, Liverpool continued to play on before Daniel Sturridge struck to draw the visitors level, cancelling out Dzeko’s opener.
Dzeko then went to remonstrate with the linesman after the decision, which Aldridge claims led to laughter from those inside the press box.
"Edin Dzeko embarrassed himself against Liverpool," Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo. "He feigned injury and ended up costing his team a goal. What Dzeko did after the goal was crazy.
"Any player with half a brain cell would have hobbled around and had a bit of treatment just to prove he was hurt. Instead Dzeko jumped to his feet and sprinted over to abuse the assistant. Everyone in the press box was laughing at him.”
Noting that Dzeko hadn’t suffered a head injury, referee Anthony Taylor allowed Liverpool to continue in possession, a decision that Aldridge feels was correct.
“Liverpool did the right thing playing on while Dzeko stayed down. The referee had a decent game. It wasn’t a head injury so there was no need to kick it out,” Aldridge added.
A further goal for each side meant the points were shared, with two consecutive draws now leaving Roberto Mancini's side nine points behind rivals Manchester United, after they beat Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are seventh in the Premier League table, and closing on the European places.