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Noble after Sadio Mane's goal.

Mark Noble appeared to tell the referee Liverpool's goal was offside at half-time

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You can understand why Liverpool are disappointed at dropping two points against West Ham in their quest to win the Premier League.

The Reds could have gone seven points clear of Manchester City last week but now face the realistic possibility of being leapfrogged by Pep Guardiola’s side on Wednesday night.

While you can understand their frustrations at drawing their second consecutive match and handing the initiative to City, Liverpool can also consider themselves not to have lost the game.

West Ham had the better chances at the London Stadium and will feel they deserved all three points.

That’s not to mention the fact Liverpool’s goal was clearly offside.

Adam Lallana found James Milner on the right wing, who was clearly standing in an offside position.

Assistant referee Simon Beck kept his flag down as Milner’s low cross allowed Sadio Mane to score.

It was a shocking decision.

West Ham did equalise just minutes later through Michail Antonio to get themselves back on level terms at the break.

But there was just one thing on captain Mark Noble’s mind at the break.

A video has emerged of him seemingly speaking to referee Kevin Friend as they walked to the changing rooms.

West Ham fans think they can hear Noble saying: “Ref, you see it didn't ya. Their goal. It was a metre offside, right in front of your linesman a metre offside.”

Take a look:

Ironically, Klopp accused referee Friend of bias in the second-half because the German felt the officials knew they had made a big mistake in allowing Liverpool’s goal to stand.

"We had good moments, coming through the channels and scored the goal, which I've now been told is offside," Klopp said.

"This explains a little bit the second half, because I think the referee knew at half-time. He knew it for sure at half-time, and then you saw a lot of strange situations. They were not decisive but just rhythm-breakers. That obviously didn't help us.

"There were so many situations where it was 50-50 or 60-40... [he gave a] free-kick for the other team."

Klopp could face punishment from the FA for those comments.

Topics:
Football
Sadio Mane
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
Michail Antonio
Adam Lallana
Mark Noble
James Milner
West Ham United
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