Liverpool formally appeal Alexis Mac Allister's red card

Liverpool have informed the Football Association (FA) that they will appeal to have Alexis Mac Allister's red card against Bournemouth overturned.

According to multiple journalists including David Lynch and Chris Bascombe, the Reds have formally appealed to the governing body as they feel the Argentine midfielder was harshly sent off for a foul on Ryan Christie.

Mac Allister clearly fouled the Bournemouth man with a late tackle, but his challenge didn't seem dangerous or reckless enough to warrant a red card, and the former Brighton midfielder was left bemused after receiving his marching orders from referee Thomas Bramall.

Paul Tierney, who was the VAR for the Reds' 3-1 win against the Cherries at Anfield, failed to reverse the on-field referee's call, causing more frustration among the Liverpool faithful. Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp indicated to Sky Sports that Liverpool would appeal to have the decision overturned in their favour.

He said: "I understand 100% how it looks for a ref in that moment but when you see it back, it is the inside of the foot and no power behind it. We saw harsher challenges which were not a red card and this shouldn't have been one. I don't know exactly what we have to do, but we should talk about it again."

Liverpool have now done everything within their power to have Mac Allister's red card overturned and are expected to hear back from the FA in the coming days.

What games could Alexis Mac Allister miss?

The decision could go either way but should the Argentine midfielder's ban get revoked, it would make him available for selection in Liverpool's Premier League clash against Newcastle United on Sunday, 26 August.

If Mac Allister's red card isn't overturned, new signing Wataru Endo – who came on after the Reds were down to ten men against Bournemouth – will likely make his full debut for the club at St James' Park as Liverpool's starting defensive midfielder.

Beyond that Liverpool face Aston Villa (h) Sunday, 3 September and Wolves (a) Saturday, 16 September.

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