‘If he thought it was offside I think it was wrong because how is that football?’: Jurgen Klopp slams decision to disallow Sadio Mane goal as Liverpool are held at Arsenal
- Jurgen Klopp believes the decision to disallow Sadio Mane’s goal was a mistake
- The Liverpool boss admitted he could not understand it after Saturday’s match
- Klopp said: ‘There is only one person who can answer and that’s the linesman’
- Alexandre Lacazette cancelled out James Milner’s to secure a point for Arsenal
Jurgen Klopp has questioned the grounds on which Sadio Mane’s goal was disallowed as Liverpool were held by Arsenal on Saturday evening.
The Liverpool boss left the Emirates feeling somewhat frustrated by the result but was still racking his brains over how Mane’s goal in the first half was not allowed to stand.
Mane appeared to be in an offside position when a ball was chipped over the Arsenal defence but left it for Roberto Firmino to strike on to the post before following up to tap in.
Jurgen Klopp was left dismayed by the decision to rule out Sadio Mane’s goal for offside
The Liverpool forward thought he had opened the scoring in the first half but it was chalked off
The linesman raised his flag as the ball hit the net to cut the celebrations short despite Mane not entering the first phase of play and being behind Firmino as he made contact with the ball. ‘There is only one person who can answer the question to why it was offside and that’s the linesman,’ Klopp said after the match.
‘Nobody else can say anything about that because for me that’s football, so it means you bring two players, you chip the ball and one is in a slightly offside position and then the other one takes the ball and that’s football all over the world.
‘If he sees it like that, good and it was not offside. The second one is not offside either. If he thought he would wait until they score and then raise the flag, ask him. If he thought the first situation was offside I think that would have been the wrong decision because I think how is that football?
Mane appeared to be offside when a ball was chipped over but did not enter the first phase
Instead he left it for Roberto Firmino before following up his effort which hit the post
Highlights showed that Mane was clearly behind Firmino when he made contact with the ball
‘You chip the ball there and you wait what happens, that’s the new rules and that’s why referee’s really often, there’s a clear offside and everyone’s thinking why isn’t he whistling and then the one guy raises his flag when it goes in. Come on you could have done it a bit earlier, but it doesn’t change, we made more mistakes than the referees did but in this situation would have been cool if this goal would count because it’s obviously a very good moment before half-time.’
BT Sport pundits echoed Klopp’s dismay at the decision with Rio Ferdinand saying at half-time: ‘Yes definitely it should have stood. If we had VAR here Liverpool would be leading. Mane is onside, only in the first instance is he offside but he doesn’t touch the ball.’
Pundit and Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown added: ‘For the life of me I can’t figure out why they’ve given offside.’
James Milner finally broke the deadlock for Liverpool with a clinical finish in the second half
But a superb curler from Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette meant the spoils had to be shared
James Milner had given the visitors the lead after a goalless first period but a superb finish from Alexandre Lacazette ensured Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 14 games.
Despite surrendering their lead and having to settle for a point, Klopp was not too disappointed at the end of the match.
He said: ‘In the second half you saw how good we were then, we slightly changed the formation in the counter attack especially so that would have been enough.
‘It wasn’t the plan for us to come here and dominate Arsenal like we want. When we had the ball it was absolutely OK, it could have been better but it’s always like this, and now it’s only a point but that will always be a success at Arsenal.’
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