The shocking Essien tackle on Andy Carroll

Referee Kevin Friend is hardly thought highly of among Liverpool fans after his handling of the away game earlier in the season where he sent off Jay Spearing and gave no punishment to Clint Dempsey after the American appeared to headbutt Craig Bellamy.

Friend was in charge of the 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea last night at Anfield but this tackle by Michael Essien somehow went unpunished and has hardly been given a mention in the media – quelle surprise.

Edit: Essien was indeed booked for the tackle, but obviously not sent off.

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