‘I hear that Man United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years’: Jurgen Klopp fumes that Liverpool weren’t awarded a spot-kick for foul on Sadio Mane as defeat at Southampton puts huge dent in their title ambitions
- Liverpool were dealt a huge blow to title hopes in 1-0 defeat at Southampton
- Former Reds striker Danny Ings scored the only goal inside two minutes of game
- Jurgen Klopp fumed post-match that Sadio Mane was not awarded a penalty
- Liverpool boss took a dig at rivals Man United for amount of penalties they get
Jurgen Klopp was adamant striker Sadio Mane should have been awarded a clear penalty by referee Andre Marriner after his Liverpool side fell to a 1-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton.
Danny Ings put a dent in his former club’s title aspirations when he lobbed goalkeeper Alisson to give Saints the lead with less than two minutes on the clock.
Mane looked the most likely to pull one back for the visitors and he went down in the area just before the hour mark – under the challenge of Kyle Walker-Peters – but Marriner waved play on and VAR did not take a second look at the incident, which the Reds boss believes was a penalty.
Sadio Mane was brought down under a challenge from Kyle Walker-Peters inside the area
Jurgen Klopp approaches the officials at full-time and wasn’t happy about their decision
Klopp said: ‘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.
‘We had the situation last year against Leicester with the penalty, and people say ‘Sadio Mane goes down too easily’.
‘If this boy went down easy, we could have had a penalty in this game and a stonewall penalty in the last game. But what Andre Marriner did with Sadio Mane tonight, I’m not sure that’s OK, to be honest.’
Klopp added: ‘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.
An angle from the TV cameras show Mane going down under the challenge of Walker-Peters
Klopp bemoaned how many penalties rivals Manchester United get compared with Liverpool
‘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.’
Liverpool have struggled for form since their 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on December 19, with draws at home to West Brom and at Newcastle falling before this defeat in Hampshire, while for Southampton, it was their first win since December 13.
The win was also the first time under Ralph Hasenhuttl they had taken points off Liverpool, having lost their previous six meetings between the two times, and it clearly meant a lot to the Saints boss who appeared to be in tears shortly after the final whistle.
Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game for Southampton inside just two minutes
The former Liverpool striker celebrates his goal against his old team at St Mary’s on Monday
Hasenhuttl said: ‘It’s the first time I took points against Jurgen, and he’s an amazing manager and (it’s) a fantastic team and we had our problems with injuries now – to do such a job today, I cannot be more proud of the work the guys put in.
‘It’s a special one for sure. It’s a perfect evening.
‘We always speak about the limits we have as a club but we work with these limits and it’s even more enjoyable then when you take big wins like this today because it gives you the belief in all that you’re doing.’
Share this article
Source: Read Full Article