Kepa Arrizabalaga: Did assistant referee laugh after penalty vs Liverpool?

Kepa Arrizabalaga had an afternoon to forget as Liverpool defeated Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final.

The Spanish goalkeeper was brought on in extra-time to influence the game and he did, just not in Chelsea’s favour.

He didn’t save a single one of Liverpool’s 11 penalties and was responsible for handing the trophy to the Reds when he blasted his effort over the bar.

If we were to give each player a rating after the match, Kepa himself would have few complaints about receiving a 0 out of 10.

He’s come out in defiance after Sunday’s match though, writing on social media: “To fall and rise… we keep working.”

Kepa’s Carabao Cup final entertainment

It’s now two Carabao Cup finals in which Kepa has come out of it as the biggest story and the drama that he’s provided has been absolutely incredible.

Hopefully we get to see him in next year’s edition. What will he have in store, a last-minute clanger to hand Chelsea’s opponents the win?

Kepa’s miss came after Caoimhin Kelleher had scored from 12 yards and it meant Chelsea missed out on the chance to win two trophies in February.

Throughout the game at Wembley Stadium, their fans were upset with some of the officiating decisions that went against them, including Naby Keita avoiding a red card and Romelu Lukaku having a goal ruled out for offside.

And another moment has caught their attention – one of the assistant referees apparently laughing after Kepa’s penalty miss.

Fans spot ‘laughing’ assistant

Some fans believe assistant referee Dan Cook was smirking or smiling after the Chelsea ‘keeper blasted his penalty over.

Fans react to ‘laughing’ assistant

“Even the referee was laughing at Kepa’s penalty,” one fan wrote.

Another added: “Just watched it back.. That linesman was laughing at Kepa. No question.”

Check out some more reaction below.

Tuchel refused to blame Kepa

The decision to bring Kepa on for Edouard Mendy late in extra-time sparked plenty of debates, with Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp disagreeing in the Sky Sports studio after the shootout.

Kepa has had plenty of success in penalty shootouts in his career, but Mendy isn’t exactly a bad option and was enjoying a fine game.

Discussing the situation at full-time, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel refused to blame Kepa for his disastrous showing.

“The blame is absolutely on me and I take responsibility of course,” the manager said, per MSN.

“I take the decisions… mistakes happen.” 

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