Harry Maguire backs Martin Atkinson for making the correct decision

Maguire happy with the referee’s decision to show a yellow card

Harry Maguire has backed official Martin Atkinson for making the correct call at Anfield, with the Englishman insisting that he didn’t deserve to be sent off for his challenge on Sadio Mane.

Maguire brought down the Senegalese international when he was running behind Leicester’s backline but the referee opted to book him for his offence instead of issuing the marching orders.

The centre-back then went on to cancel out Mane’s opener, helping Leicester pinch a crucial point away from home.

“I didn’t actually see him coming across my body,” Maguire said to BT Sport of the Mane foul. “I did catch him, I stood on the back of his heel to be fair.

“I didn’t mean to catch him so I thought it was the right decision but you’re always worried because it looked like he was going to race through on goal. I’m thankful it was a yellow card.”

Despite earning a point away at Liverpool, Maguire insisted that his team could have gone on to actually win the game.

“It was a great team performance after the first five minutes,” Maguire added. “We’ve been really sloppy in games in the first 15 minutes, we’re the worst team in the league at it.

“We keep speaking about it, but we’ve started sloppy again and given them a goal. It was a good reaction to get back into the game and we’ve had spells in the game where we probably should have scored two.

“We know they are a top team, [and we] couldn’t open up as much as we’d like. We had periods where we put them under a lot of pressure, maybe we should have capitalised and gone on to win the game. But it’s a tough place to come, [we] would have taken a point before the game.”

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