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Gary Neville accuses Nicolas Jackson of lying as Liverpool’s Penalty appeal gets denied against Chelsea



Gary Neville accuses Nicolas Jackson of lying as Liverpool's Penalty appeal gets denied against Chelsea
Nicolas Jackson (Shaina Benhiyoun, Shaina Benhiyoun | Credit: Zuma Press/PA Images)

In a dramatic showdown between Chelsea and Liverpool, Gary Neville’s keen eye spotted what he deemed an attempt to deceive on the field as Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson found himself at the center of controversy.

The Blues managed to dodge a potential penalty call against them, a decision that had Neville’s analysis radar buzzing.

Sunday’s Premier League opener proved to be a roller-coaster ride of emotions, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.


Amid the anticipation of their new campaigns, Chelsea and Liverpool electrified Stamford Bridge with a thrilling clash.

The action-packed encounter unveiled early stars as Luis Diaz brilliantly capitalized on a pinpoint pass from Mohamed Salah, showcasing Jurgen Klopp’s arsenal of world-class talents.

Axel Disasi, making his Chelsea debut, ensured the score was leveled before the halftime whistle, intensifying the battle for supremacy. With the second half underway, Liverpool surged forward, piling pressure on the hosts and generating a significant chance from a corner – a moment that would soon become the epicenter of debate.


As Diaz rose to meet the delivery at the near post, the ball ricocheted off Nicolas Jackson’s hand, leaving Liverpool players vehemently claiming a penalty.

However, referee Anthony Taylor remained unmoved by their appeals, a decision corroborated by VAR after a swift review.

Intriguingly, Jackson appeared determined to plead his case to the referee, denying any contact with his hand, despite the irrefutable replay evidence suggesting otherwise.


Unswayed by Jackson’s theatrical denials, Neville, perched alongside the debutant Peter Drury and Jamie Carragher on the commentary desk, wryly dubbed the 22-year-old striker a “liar,” casting a humorous shadow over the contentious moment.

Nicolas Jackson‘s debut took a less-than-desirable turn earlier, narrowly escaping the penalty decision. Failing to capitalize on two significant scoring opportunities in the first half, his introduction to the Premier League was marred by missed chances.

The watchful eye of Mauricio Pochettino would have discerned some positive aspects from his squad’s performance. Overcoming a jittery start, his team showcased resilience, a trait often tested against formidable adversaries like Liverpool.


With a favorable stretch of fixtures beckoning, Pochettino’s side aims to carve out momentum in the nascent stages of his tenure.

A London derby against West Ham United looms on the horizon, followed by a clash against newly-promoted Luton Town at Stamford Bridge.

The Carabao Cup’s second round will see Chelsea face AFC Wimbledon, preceding Nottingham Forest’s visit to west London, all before the onset of the international break.


Meanwhile, Liverpool faces a more rigorous test in their upcoming run, confronting AFC Bournemouth, Newcastle United, and Aston Villa before the international break.

The gauntlet is laid, and the Premier League drama continues to unfold, leaving fans and pundits alike anticipating every twist and turn on this thrilling football journey.

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