Liverpool are to appeal the red card Alexis Mac Allister received against Bournemouth as they seek to overturn the midfielder’s three-match suspension.
The Argentina World Cup winner received a straight red on his Anfield debut from Thomas Bramall for a 58th-minute foul on Ryan Christie. He is scheduled to miss games against Newcastle, Aston Villa and Wolves and is not due to be available again in the Premier League until West Ham’s visit on 24 September.
Liverpool spent the weekend considering whether to appeal against a decision that has been widely criticised but was not deemed a clear and obvious error by the VAR, Paul Tierney.
The club is mindful that the Football Association could increase Mac Allister’s suspension should it consider an appeal ‘frivolous’. However, Liverpool have decided to lodge an appeal with the FA and are hopeful their £35m summer signing will be available for Sunday’s trip to St James’ Park.