Branislav Ivanovic has had enough skirmishes with the Football Association that you think he would know better.
Apparently not. The Chelsea defender quite blatantly stamped on Adam Lallana during this evening’s clash against Liverpool. And not just once, either.
Ivanovic isn’t known as the being the cleanest player out there but even this is below him.
As he tussled with Lallana in the early exchanges of the contest, Ivanovic put his foot on the England international’s boot and left it there. Then, as he walked to pick up the ball, Ivanovic steps on the Liverpool midfielder again.
The Serbian could well receive another phone call from the FA tomorrow morning. He’ll certainly recognise the number.
The incident went unnoticed by referee Martin Atkinson but not by furious Liverpool fans on Twitter.
Had Atkinson seen the incident, he could well have shown Ivanovic a red card. He’s a lucky boy.
Liverpool's fast start
Chelsea, and Ivanovic, were incredibly slow out of the blocks at Stamford Bridge and went a goal behind in the 17th minute, Dejan Lovren steering home Phillipe Coutinho’s cross.
The Blues are yet to lose under Antonio Conte in the Premier League but their 100 per cent record is certainly in danger. Jurgen Klopp’s team have already been to one title contender and emerged victorious, and against Chelsea they look incredibly energetic.
Whether they can keep it up for the second half, however, is another matter.
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