Ross Barkley slammed by fans after awful challenge on Dejan Lovren

Ross Barkley slammed by fans after awful challenge on Dejan Lovren

England midfielder was lucky to get through the first half of fiery derby without seeing red

ROSS BARKLEY was slammed by fans and pundits after sending Dejan Loren flying in the Merseyside derby.

The Everton midfielder was lucky not to see red after flying into the challenge as tempers flared at Anfield.

SkySport’s pundit Graeme Souness said: “It’s a red. He has plenty of time to pull out of it, but he doesn’t.”

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And colleague Gary Neville added: “That Barkley challenge is a red card. He’s lucky, that’s a shocker. A shocker.”

The challenge comes in the first league action since Everton star Seamus Coleman broke his leg after a Neil Taylor lunge.

And some were quick to point out that Barkley’s foul could have had the same consequences.

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