CHEAT! Arsene Wenger says Liverpool midfielder Fabinho cheated to get Inter Milan winger Alexis Sanchez sent off.
Milan managed to beat Liverpool 1-0 in the return leg of Champions League last 16 tie but the Reds advanced to quarters on 2-1 aggregate. Former Arsenal star Sanchez was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a challenge on Fabinho.
Sanchez received his first booking for a terrible challenge on Thiago Alcantara and was later sent off after fouling Fabinho. The Chilean appeared to have touched the ball before catching the Brazilian with the follow-through.
Former Arsenal boss felt Fabinho made the most of it to the point of cheating.
“He rode the line between cheating and being clever,” the Frenchman told beIN Sports.
“Fabinho on this foul he was on the other side, he was cheating, he made more of it.”
“Maybe he had pain and he was touched by Sanchez. You cannot say it was completely fake. But maybe he could have got up quicker.”
“It’s one of these fouls…when it’s one of your players, you say it’s clever. When you are completely neutral like we are supposed to be, you would say he could have made less of it, but he touched him well, you cannot say he faked it.”
“But he didn’t want to hurt him, he played first the ball.”
Klopp’s men will now turn their attention to the Premier League as they travel to take on Brighton at American Express Community Stadium.