Bournemouth captain Elphick told the Daily Echo he was “100 percent” certain his goal should have stood, and he said it was clear that Benteke’s should have been ruled out.
They’ve earned all six available points, though, which at the end of the day is what really matters, and a few of the club’s new signings have certainly impressed.
Eddie Howe’s newly promoted side have yet to score or record a point in the Premier League having lost at home to Aston Villa on the opening weekend and to Liverpool in controversial fashion on Monday.
“Under the new rules that is clearly offside”. I think we had a good period of pressure leading up to the goal and the most important thing is it was given.
“I am very proud of the performance and the players”.
This action has a clear impact on Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who can’t commit to stopping Benteke at the far post and instead has to stay central in case Coutinho gets a touch on the ball.
“I thought he was a real handful tonight (Monday)”, said Rodgers.
“I’d like some feedback on both decisions”.
Pawson and Lennard received widespread criticism for their failure to implement the current offside rule, which was amended by the worldwide Football Association Board (IFAB) this summer.
The Premier League states: “A player in an offside position shall be penalised if he; 1. Coutinho was past our line and tried to get the ball”.
This incident, with Diego Costa attempting to strike – but missing – the ball, would now be flagged offside.
The visitors continued to threaten and Matt Ritchie twice went close – his first effort on the hour mark crashing against the post from 18 yards.
“I must admit they were lively and risky, played well and had a couple of good chances”. “The interpretation of offside changes every season. If you are offside you are offside”.
Adding to Howe’s chagrin, Bournemouth were denied what seemed a legitimate goal in the fifth minute, when Tommy Elphick saw his header ruled out for a foul after he was harshly adjudged to have clambered over Reds defender Dejan Lovren.
Bournemouth found some joy through their pacey and direct front four.
Well, two rounds of fixtures into the Premier League season and we have had our first major controversy over offside.
Liverpool then began to assert their authority but their goal should not have been allowed.