Luka Milivojevic felt Crystal Palace were harshly done by in Monday’s loss to Liverpool and says they deserved at least a point. The Eagles were upset with referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award the Reds a penalty at the end of the first half after Mamadou Sakho’s challenge on Mohamed Salah, boss Roy Hodgson admitting it had been a source of “frustration”.
His skipper, Milivojevic, shared Hodgson’s annoyance but was keen to not to come down too hard on Oliver for making a mistake given the respect he has for the official.
“From my point of view on the field (in front of Mama and Salah), it was not a penalty – and now I’ve seen the image after the game, for me – it was clear, it was not a penalty.
But I want to say – Michael Oliver is one of the best in the country,” said the Serb.
“They’re human beings, and they make mistakes sometimes. In his opinion he did the right thing. As players, we have to respect the referee. We are not a team who will cry over that penalty, we just carry on.”
Having gone toe-to-toe with title contenders Liverpool for much of the game, Milivojevic says the players can take pride from their performance, believing the 2-0 scoreline didn’t accurately reflect the game.
He said: “For sure, I can be proud of my team. We tried until the end, and had some good chances. We played well in my opinion, and in the end maybe we didn’t deserve to lose the game.
“Liverpool are a team who played in the Champions League final, and are favourites to take the Premier League this season. Our fans should be proud of our performance. In a few weeks, no one will remember our performance – that’s football. For sure it hurts us because I think we deserve more, but from tomorrow, we prepare again. This is behind us.”