Liverpool centre-half Dejan Lovren has accused Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku of deliberately kicking him in the face during Saturday’s goalless Premier League tussle.
The pair clashed shortly before half-time in an incident which left Lovren on the floor and holding his face. No action was taken by referee Martin Atkinson, while it was confirmed on Monday that Lukaku will face no retrospective sanction.
Speaking prior to Liverpool’s Champions League showdown with Maribor in Slovenia on Tuesday, Lovren said: “To be honest, my point of view is that he did it on purpose.
“Even if he did it normally he would apologise after that but I saw he was nervous during the game so maybe that was also the reason.”
Asked whether he was disappointed that Lukaku had escaped punishment, the 28-year-old added: “That happened on the pitch and it is over. I cannot change it and no-one can change it so that is what I am thinking about.
“This is not my decision. I cannot say I am not disappointed but it is what it is. We need to move on.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has ruled out rotating his squad as the Reds bid for their maiden Champions League win of the season after draws in their opening two games. They lie second in Group E, two points adrift of leaders Sevilla.
Klopp said: “I know what people are thinking. Maribor is the place they should rotate. No chance.”
“It is the last place I would do things like this. Yes we will make maybe one or two changes but the first job is not to think the same thing as a lot of you think already and under-estimate the opponent.”