“I think, on Sunday, there were eight global players out of the starting 11″.
Pardew also took aim at Jamie Carragher, who’s reaction he must have seen after the game. He’s an ex pro. “I’m disappointed with both of them [Benteke and the referee], really frustrated with that”, Pardew told Sky Sports.
“You try to be fair, you try to say the right things to your players and send out the right message to the players to be honest and that touch doesn’t warrant that dive”.
“I think if you’re the ref and you see the centre back pulling out of the challenge you don’t give it”.
“The second goal was harsh I think”.
Despite the raging controversy over the decision, Benteke maintained that he felt a touch from Delaney which caused him to go down in the penalty area.
“That touch doesn’t warrant that dive”.
Palace, without a win since December 19, led through Ledley in the 48th minute and appeared to be in control after Milner’s sending-off for a second yellow card in the 62nd. Instead of a simple clearance, the returning-from-injury keeper simply passed the ball to the Brazilian, who calmly and clinically found the net against a stunned Palace defense.
The Brazilian scored Liverpool’s equalising goal and from there Pardew’s team struggled.
Liverpool were then dealt a hefty blow just past the hour mark as they were reduced to 10 men.
Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool’s bench at Crystal Palace as the strongest he has ever had and says strength in depth is key to its ambitions this season. It is not ideal but we have just got to get on with it. With the knee and with the foot.
“All of them would need to go on a hell of a run”. “A big moment for us”.
“If you’re going to give that at that time in the game, then you’ve got to be sure, and he couldn’t have been sure”. Christian took the chance for us.
Klopp was thrilled with the way his side responded to Milner’s dismissal, adding: “We played with more focus (with 10 men)”.
Christian Benteke has admitted his frustration at life on the periphery at Liverpool but has vowed to fight to gain more game-time under JÃ¼rgen Klopp after netting his first goal of 2016 on Sunday. “But whether we win or we lose, we draw a line under it and start again”.