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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren accuses Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku of kicking him 'on purpose'

Defender felt the Belgian could have done more to avoid contact during Saturday's Premier League draw.

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren goes up for an aerial challenge against Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku on Saturday. Lovren has since accused Lukaku of deliberately kicking him in the face. Phil Noble / Reuters
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren goes up for an aerial challenge against Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku on Saturday. Lovren has since accused Lukaku of deliberately kicking him in the face. Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has accused Romelu Lukaku of deliberately kicking him in the face during the goalless Premier League draw with Manchester United on Saturday.

Lukaku's heel struck Lovren below his left eye after the Croatian's challenge on him before half time and the Football Association backed referee Martin Atkinson's decision by taking no further action against Lukaku.

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"I made a tackle and felt he was over me and he could just have moved away," Lovren told a news conference ahead of Liverpool's Uefa Champions league game against Maribor in Slovenia.

"My honest view is that he did it on purpose. It was on the face.

"If he did it normally, you would apologise after that. I saw that he was nervous during the game so maybe that was the reason.

"That is what happens on a pitch. It is over. I cannot change it. It is what it is now. That's football."

Liverpool are third in Group E behind Sevilla and Spartak Moscow after two draws from their two games.