Alan Shearer claims that Nottingham Forest shouldn’t have been awarded a penalty during yesterday’s defeat to Liverpool at the City Ground.

The Reds felt they had an argument for a spot-kick when Alisson Becker appeared to foul Ryan Yates in the box.

Forest were cruelly denied by VAR which awarded a goal kick to Liverpool, despite the incident looking like several spot-kicks that have been awarded to Mohamed Salah in the past.

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
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It was a spirited effort from Forest. The game ultimately hinged on a 90-second swing. First, Philip Zinckernagel stuck an effort wide when he seemed easier to score.

Just moments later Diogo Jota fired Liverpool in front and after a VAR check, the goal was allowed to stand.

Now, it’s back to the rigours of the league for Forest. They have ten games left to play this season and can still eye a play-off place.

For Liverpool, they remain on course for a quadruple and with this level of assistance from VAR they might just go very close.

Forest supporters left the ground last night feeling very proud but gutted at what might have been.

What has Shearer said about the controversial Forest call?

The Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer delivered a one-word assessment. He replied to Football Joe who tweeted whether or not Yates should have been awarded a penalty.

Shearer doesn’t feel as though it should have been awarded; much to the dismay of several Forest fans.

Forest fans will feel aggrieved by the decision. It did look as though it could have been given and probably would have been at the other end.

The Reds will now wonder what might have been and ultimately it just wasn’t to be for Forest on the night.

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