PHOTO: West Ham v Liverpool referee refusing to acknowledge his gaffe

Upton Park

Referee Anthony Taylor made a number of controversial decisions during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

Liverpool took another huge stride towards their first top flight title since 1990 with an incident-packed 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Upton Park.

After Steven Gerrard had given Liverpool a first-half lead from the penalty spot, West Ham United equalised moments before half-time with a real sucker punch.

Hammer’s midfielder Mark Noble swung in a corner, and former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll forced Simon Mignolet in the visitors net to drop the ball into the path of Guy Demel who gleefully steered home from three yards.

Liverpool were convinced Andy Carroll fouled the Red’s Belgian shot-stopper and so did the assistant referee who raised his flag for an infringement.

Unfortunately for the Reds, referee Anthony Taylor overruled his assistant’s decision and awarded the host’s a goal – much to the disbelief of the Liverpool bench.

Brendan Rodgers’ men immediately remonstrated with the referee, and when a replay of the incident appeared on Upton Park’s big screen, Anthony Taylor inexplicably refused to turn around and see the incident himself.

Fortunately for Liverpool, West Ham United’s controversial goal was evened up with a soft penalty in the second half which Steven Gerrard duly dispatched to give his side all three points.

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