Gary Neville slams Ross Barkley’s stud-high tackle on Dejan Lovren as a “shocker” in Merseyside Derby
Gary Neville has blasted 'dy in contention for an England spot after his club heroics.Abraham has managed seven goals in his past three games against Norwich City, Sheffield United and Wolves.The 21-year-old, who was on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship last season, hass stud-high challenge on as a "shocker". The 23-year-old took a heavy touch while leading an attack allowing centre-back to intercept the ball. However, the Toffees' midfielder attempted to keep his dribble alive by lunging in on Lovren. Barkley's studs were high and planted firmly on Lovren's ankle. The Croatian immediately went sprawling, grabbing his ankle in the process. Barkley received a yellow who was brought on for the final four minutes in Tottenham's 3-2 home defeat against Wolves on Sunday – wasted no time as Spurs' U23s took on Wolves in a PL2 clash.Parrott was on hand to convert from close range just eight minutes in after being focard for his challenge. Neville, however, believed the England midfielder was lucky to stay on the pitch. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "It's a really poor challenge by Ross Barkley. I think it's a red card and I think Ross knows it. It's a shocker. "It's the frustration of his touch being bad and he over-runs it. He then makes a poor tackle off the back of it. He goes right into Lovren's shin." At half-time Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness added their thoughts, Carragher said: "His tackle on Can early on was a yellow card and he’s very lucky the challenge on Lovren wasn’t a red." Souness added: "Barkley is a problem. It’s not natural for him to go from him being the creative player to being dogged for five minutes. He doesn’t find it easy to switch from one mode to the other." At time of writing Liverpool lead the Merseyside derby 2-1. Sadio Mane put the Reds ahead after just eight minutes. Everton equalised 20 minutes later through Matthew Pennington. But the away side's joy was cut short only three minutes later when Philippe Coutinho curled in a stunning strike.