Hopefully everyone is glad – Liverpool boss Klopp livid with penalty name

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31 Jan 2019, 04:27 IST
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Naby Keita goes down within the space following a deal with by Ricardo Pereira

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that referee Martin Atkinson ought to have awarded Liverpool a penalty within the Premier League leaders’ 1-1 draw with Leicester Metropolis.

Harry Maguire headed in an equaliser on the stroke of half-time at Anfield, cancelling out Sadio Mane’s early opener, with Leicester holding agency to disclaim Liverpool a win which might have taken them seven factors away from Manchester Metropolis.

Liverpool had appeals for a spot-kick turned down when Naby Keita went down underneath strain from Ricardo Pereira, whereas Maguire was maybe lucky to not obtain a pink card for a last-man foul on Mane within the first half.

And Klopp, who insisted within the build-up to Wednesday’s encounter that Mohamed Salah solely got here underneath further scrutiny for taking place simply within the space as a result of he performed for a membership as massive as Liverpool, didn’t disguise his frustration.

“I do not suppose you want VAR for that,” Klopp mentioned when requested by BT Sport if the evaluate system would have aided Liverpool’s trigger.

“The referee was in the very best place. In order that’s it, however he does not wish to give it.

“Actually fairly often I stand right here within the final couple of weeks answering why we get penalties, properly right this moment was a really clear one which we did not get.

“Hopefully everyone could be very glad that we did not get that penalty and now we will keep on.”

Klopp was additionally dismayed that Maguire remained on the pitch after hauling down Mane, who regarded set to be by on aim, with the England worldwide occurring to revive parity six minutes later.

“I actually do not perceive why you ask me, I am not a referee,” Klopp mentioned.

“I am undecided. I’d say it is 100 per cent an opportunity, not less than, and that is one thing meaning the referee wants to offer a pink card.

“Not solely Sadio is thru, however I am fairly positive [Salah] is thru on the opposite aspect as properly. However Martin Atkinson thought it was not a pink card, he thought it was a yellow card.”

Unsurprisingly, Leicester boss Claude Puel – whose aspect proceed to impress towards top-six opposition this season – disregarded Klopp’s claims. 

“I did not see the replay however I feel it was a circumstance. It was not a pink card,” Puel advised BBC Sport.

“I feel we had the fitting selections from the referee. There isn’t a excuse for Liverpool.”

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