Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp aimed a sly dig at Manchester United over penalties. following the club’s 1-0 loss to Southampton on Monday night.
Danny Ings scored a second-minute lob before Saints parked the bus and desperately clung on to the win.
Klopp was infuriated that Sadio Mane was twice denied a penalty against the Saints when he clearly felt the Senegalese forward was fouled.
KLOPP SHIFTING BLAME TO PENALTIES?
Jurgen Klopp was not happy with the decisions of the referee in the match against Southampton. He blasted Manchester United’s penalty record after Liverpool were denied two penalties.
“I turned around, we had a really good view of it. It looked like a clear penalty. I turned to the fourth official, he said ‘we checked already, no penalty’. That’s the 100 per cent truth. They checked it already.– Jurgen Klopp on being denied a clear penalty
“We cannot change. I hear now that Man United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years. I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.
“But it’s no excuse for the performance. We cannot change it, we have to respect the decisions. But we can change our performance. That’s our focus now.”– Jurgen Klopp pushing blame onto Manchester United.
In five-and-a-half years, Liverpool have earned a total of 30 penalties. In the past two-and-a-half seasons, Manchester United have been awarded 32 spot-kicks.
Among those, 32 are 14 awarded last season, which is the highest number ever given to one club since the Premier League began. The fact, that each of those decisions was double-checked by VAR – in use for the first time in the Premier League – hardly screams ‘conspiracy’.
Meanwhile, if Klopp is looking for tips, maybe he should be watching Leicester rather than United.
Currently, Leicester have been awarded 10 penalties this season, and in the five-and-a-half years Klopp mentions, Leicester have been given 49 penalties, compared to United’s 42.
Though Liverpool’s loss to Southampton was due to their appalling display, only managing 1 shot on target. Jurgen Klopp probably got swept in emotions after his side’s defeat and took a swing at United.
Liverpool are still top of the Premier League on goal difference but could be overtaken by United if they win their game in hand against Burnley next week.
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