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Liverpool FC: How David N'Gog Escaped With Both Legs Intact

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  David Ngog of Liverpool tussles for posession with Walter Gargano of Napoli during the UEFA Europa League Group K match beteween Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Anfield on November 4, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Antony HerbertAnalyst IIINovember 7, 2010

What a fortnight it has been for Liverpool. Back from the brink of elimination, a three-match winning run was continued with a triumphant victory against league leaders Chelsea.

The team's form now looks reminiscent of their previous seasons run of results that saw them finish consistently inside the top four.

Yet one incident that has hit the sidelines this week has been that horror tackle on David N'Gog in the Europa League on Thursday.

And ignorance should certainly not be bliss, as the player guilty of the challenge has gotten away scott-free.

N'Gog managed to make it to the bench for today's fixture at Anfield, but things could have been a lot worse.

The "leg-breaker" tackle by Napoli defender Salvatore Aronica left N'gog in a race for fitness after he limped off against Napoli.

Horrifically more surprising is the lack of reaction to the scene. Aronica went into the challenge with one leg towards the play, but the other was intent on crushing into N'Gog's leg.

It was always going to look like a dirty tackle. Even more confusing was the lack of a yellow or red card, despite the same player giving away a penalty just a few minutes later.

Karma seemed to prevail as Liverpool came from behind to take the three points and head the group.

But for a player to take down a player in the manner he did and then to give away a penalty—a lack of at least a yellow card was an utter disgrace.

In the aftermath, various players and commentators remarked upon the lack of punishment applied for the incident. But nothing came from the opinion that it should have been a red card—not even a fine has been administered.

Does this mean such play is acceptable in the eyes of those in charge?

More than likely the referee did not witness the extreme nature of the tackle. His defense must be that he did not see the lunge at N'Gog's leg rather than the ball.

After much criticism has been applied to the modern game and its seeming abundance of damaging tackles, something must be done to rectify the growing trend.

Aronica will feel as though he has gotten away with murder. What if the lack of punishment applied to his playing style emerges into further similar tackles that could indeed ruin another player's career?

Certainly if Aronica had tackled a player like Gerrard or Torres on Thursday the discussion surrounding the tackle would have been a lot more forthcoming.

For now it seems there are bigger fish to fry.

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