How Alexis Mac Allister could still feature v Newcastle United after Liverpool red card

Alexis Mac Allister was sent off on his Liverpool home debut and is expected to miss next week’s game against Newcastle United.
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Liverpool could appeal the red card given to Alexis Mac Allister during their 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side picked up their first win of the 2023-24 Premier League campaign after goals from Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Diogo Jota cancelled out Antoine Semenyo’s opener.

However, the three points was slightly overshadowed by the dismissal of £35million summer signing Mac Allister. The former Brighton and Hove Albion man was sent off in the 58th minute after a challenge on Ryan Christie.

 Referee Thomas Bramall shows a red card to Alexis Mac Allister of Liverpool following a challenge on Ryan Christie of AFC Bournemouth (on floor) during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on August 19, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) Referee Thomas Bramall shows a red card to Alexis Mac Allister of Liverpool following a challenge on Ryan Christie of AFC Bournemouth (on floor) during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on August 19, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Referee Thomas Bramall shows a red card to Alexis Mac Allister of Liverpool following a challenge on Ryan Christie of AFC Bournemouth (on floor) during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on August 19, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

There was an element of surprise when referee Thomas Brammall reached for his back pocket with the Argentine now set to miss next Sunday’s clash against Newcastle United (kick-off 4:30pm), as well as further fixtures against Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

That is, of course, unless the Reds successfully appeal the decision, which Klopp hinted at during his post-match press conference.

Klopp said: “I saw it back. The amount of time I’ve been asked about it, it’s worth discussing it again, which we will probably do. I asked Macca and he said: ‘I touched him not really’. After the game, I saw it back and if you have a list of points what is needed for a red card, beside contact, no other box is ticked.

“It’s a decision we all agree, if it’s a yellow card we not overturning it, if it’s a red card then we are not overturning it because there’s no clear and obvious [error]. The punished with 40 minutes with 10 men is already punishment enough but let’s see, I don’t know. We have to talk to the authorities.”

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean was on Sky Sports News punditry duty, and believes Brammell reached the correct decision.

“Yeah, his foot’s raised,” said Dean . “The guy’s cleared the ball and he’s caught him. He’s probably caught him shin high, his foot off the floor so I’ve got no issues with the decision. Was looked at by VAR, I’ve heard that as well, it’s the right decision by Thomas Bramall.”

However, BBC presenter Gary Lineker disagreed. He tweeted: “Mac Allister sees red but it’s nonsense. Referee and VAR at Anfield having a poor day.”