Liverpool were surprisingly defeated by Southampton in the Premier League continued last weekend. After the match, coach Jurgen Klopp didn’t seem to accept the defeat and made the referee a scapegoat.
The duel itself took place at St Marry Stadium on Tuesday morning WIB (05/01). The match was intense from the first minute, but hosts Southampton, who were underdogs, won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Danny Ings.
This defeat was indeed disappointing for Liverpool, but they still controlled the provisional standings, it’s just that the position could be displaced by Manchester United because the gap between the two was only separated by goal difference.
No wonder the coach Jurgen Klopp didn’t seem to accept this defeat, after the match he also complained about the performance of the referee, where there were several decisions that he thought were unfair.
Including the moment when Sadio Mane was dropped by Kyle Walker-Peters in the forbidden box. Instead of giving Liverpool a penalty, the referee accused Sadio Mane of diving.
Klopp claimed that his team should have been awarded a penalty for the incident.
“Whoever takes Sadio Mane diving is the biggest joke in the world. Sadio Mane tries to stay on his feet. There are situations where other teams will get penalties at such a moment,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
Not only that, Klopp also questioned Ryan Betrand’s Handsball incident when he blocked a shot from Wijnaldum in the forbidden box.
“Handball, now who can explain that to me,” said Klopp.
Overall, the German manager was disappointed with the referee’s performance in the match. There were several decisions that seemed to side with the home team to the detriment of Liverpool. Of course, what he found most controversial was the Sadio Mane incident.
“He’s really tried everything, some big challenges from James Ward-Prowse, but there are a lot of situations that are also free kicks.”
“The last situation where he fell in the box, if you look at him, Walker-Peters hit him with his left foot. It’s a penalty, “said Klopp.