Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva says he is often obliged to make fouls in the middle of the park but insisted the referee was right not to send him off against Chelsea, the Daily Star reports.
The Reds defeated their rivals 3-1 at Stamford Bridge yet it was not without controversy as Leiva escaped a second yellow card for what appeared to be a blatant trip on Ramires in the second half.
The decision enraged Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as at the time the game was finely poised at 1-1, and his anger turned to despair as Jurgen Klopp’s side went on to score two more goals.
Responding to claims he should have been sent off, Leiva held a different account of events.
“It will probably be talked about. It’s normal, especially when you lose a game,” the Brazilian said to the Daily Star.
“Sometimes in my position you make fouls, more to stop the game. I think it was a good decision from the referee, he controlled the game very well.”
The former Gremio man was for most part brilliant at Stamford Bridge as he managed to break up a number of Chelsea attacks and instigate his own side’s raids going forward with quick passing.
Leiva made one interceptions, three tackles, eight defensive duels won and nine ball recoveries.
The victory takes the Reds up to eighth in the table, four points behind Manchester United in fourth ahead of next weekend’s home encounter with Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.