It’s never a sign of prosperity for a team when their manager is gnashing his teeth in frustration over refereeing in a game. Usually Klopp keeps a cool head and avoids Mourinho-ing to reporters. However, after it seems that the combination of the loss to Southampton mixed with what he considered poor decisions from the referee made the boss snap back.
The Reds spent 88 minutes chasing the game to no avail after their own former player, Danny Ings, scored against them in the second minute.
Klopp believes that his team was denied two clear penalties in the second half. The first was a handball by Jack Stephens, about which Klopp said, “[The handball] looked like a clear penalty. I turned to the fourth official, he said: ‘We checked already, no penalty.’”
Ignoring the challenge on Sadio Mane from Kyle Walker-Peters earned Andre Marriner a rebuke from Klopp by name.
“What [referee] Andre Marriner did with Sadio Mane tonight, I’m not sure that’s OK, to be honest,” he said.
“The best situations we had were with Sadio having the ball at his feet. For anyone to say he is a diver is the biggest joke in the world. He tries to stay on his feet. He had two situations where other teams would get a penalty for it.”
He then pulled out a fascinating statistic, musing, “I hear now that Manchester 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.”
Performance has been a big problem for Liverpool as the injury crisis seems to finally catch up to them. Hopefully he can work some magic to change the narrative before Liverpool face Manchester United on January 17th.