May 17, 2021, 18:32

Jurgen Klopp questions refereeing decisions in Liverpool draw with West Brom

Jurgen Klopp questions refereeing decisions in Liverpool draw with West Brom

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp questioned the referee's decisions in the draw against West Brom

Jurgen Klopp questioned the officials’ decisions as a late disallowed goal denied his “unlucky” Liverpool side a win over West Brom on Wednesday.

Dominic Solanke was deemed to have intentionally handled as he bundled home a Joe Gomez cross from close range in their goalless draw at Anfield in the Premier League.

Klopp, who was unhappy with the penalty decision which handed Everton a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby on Super Sunday, was less irate on Wednesday, but still questioned the refereeing calls made throughout the game, and was left unsure about the disallowed goal.

Liverpool 0-0 West Brom

Asked about the decision, Klopp told Sky Sports: “I don’t know. It’s twice deflected and I’m still not sure if it’s the hand on the ball. The boys have massive chests so it’s absolutely possible that he did it with the chest!

“If the arm is then involved, I don’t know, but there were two deflections. If this was in the other box [a potential penalty] there would still be discussions because it is twice deflected, and for sure not on purpose.

“It was not on purpose. So if there was a handball it just happened, and so obviously the linesman or whoever thought he saw it 100 per cent.

“And look, there will be a lot of points on the one side saying it was the right decision, and some on the other side, and we will not get it back, so for sure we cannot change it. You need in a game like this a little bit of luck, to score at the right moment, and obviously we didn’t have it.”

Klopp added in his post-match press conference that a lot of decisions surrounding Liverpool at the moment “do not feel good”, and criticised the officials for other minor calls.

“Difficult, for me it is twice deflected and I’m still not sure it his hand has hit the ball or not, for me it looks like the chest.

“In the game it looked 100 per cent like chest, and afterwards when I see a few replays, yes there is an arm, but I’m not sure if he touched the ball with his arm.

“A lot of things around ref decisions feel not good for us in the moment, to be honest. So we had the ball all of the time but we had two offensive fouls before they had one foul. So it’s like… I don’t get it really, but obviously we cannot change anything.

“I told the ref after the game, three minutes [added on] in a game like this where there are six changes, time played from the first second from the opponent, and he said it was right.

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“They can obviously do what they think is right in all of the different moments, and we have to accept it, that’s our life.”

Regarding the performance, Klopp had few complaints about the result, and accepted that if you don’t score, you must accept the point.

“For me the first half looked a little bit stiff, passing was not as good as we can do, movement, timing for movements was not as good as usual, and we didn’t speed up in the moments we had to. We weren’t patient enough in other moments.

“Second half was better, we changed the system a few times, and had the chances again, scored a disallowed goal, so a night like this when a team defends like this you need either an early goal or a bit of luck, and we had absolutely nil luck! That’s for sure, and now we have to accept the result.”


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