The Reds veteran hit out at the Sevilla man following his match-ending tackle on the teenager
James Milner was scathing of Joris Gnagnon’s “disgraceful” challenge on Yasser Larouci that marred the friendly between Liverpool and Sevilla.
Gnagnon was shown a straight red card for a horrendous tackle on Liverpool teenager Larouci, who was forced to leave the field on a stretcher in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Sevilla .
Sevilla defender and second-half substitute Gnagnon wildly kicked out at the 18-year-old with 14 minutes remaining in Boston, where tempers flared.
Gnagnon apologised post-match but he received harsh words from Virgil van Dijk after the whistle, with the Reds defender blasting him further post-match .
And Van Dijk’s team-mate Milner had similar feelings toward Gnagnon, telling LFCTV: “Was it too much? I thought so yes, it was a disgraceful tackle.
“We know it’s only a friendly, but I mean, you don’t see many red cards in friendlies, do you?
“Their guy said it is down to the referee and it’s a tackle and a foul, but it’s very disappointing. We [responded] in the right way.
“It is a tough one for the referee because you don’t want to use red cards in friendlies and it is a rare thing to see.
“It’s not easy to get hold of the game, you don’t normally see too many tackles [like Gnagnon’s] but it is a disgrace really.”
Meanwhile, Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui said Gnagnon was “very, very worried” after seeing the results of his challenge.
“[Gnagnon] was very, very worried and knows it could have been a bad injury,” Lopetegui told reporters.
“I am worried about the player [Larouci] but I asked Jurgen [Klopp] and he said the player is okay, it isn’t a bad injury and I am happy for that.
“That’s the most important thing. The referee thought it was a red card and I haven’t seen a replay but it’s possible it was a red card.”
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Larouci reportedly left Fenway Park on crutches after Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool succumbed to Alejandro Pozo’s 90th-minute winner.
Klopp said after the match Larouci may have avoided the worst, but the team would have to wait and see to be sure.