Jurgen Klopp tackles Man Utd penalty record after Liverpool loss to Southampton
Liverpool extended their winless run to three games on Monday, beaten 1-0 by a resilient Southampton side.
An astonishing Danny Ings flick put Southampton in the lead after just two minutes, and although Liverpool pushed for the equalizer they never came close to threatening Fraser Forster and lacked the necessary quality in front of goal.
Here’s what manager Jurgen Klopp had to say after the game, including some real bait for what appears to be the Premier League title rival Manchester United…
Klopp was frustrated that Liverpool did not hand out two penalties in the second half, with referee Andre Marriner choosing not to whistle for a Kyle Walker-Peters tackle on Sadio Mane or a potential handball from Jack Stephens.
“If anyone ever says Sadio Mane is a ‘diver’, that’s the biggest joke in the world,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “This boy is trying to stay up with everything he has. In two situations… other teams will get a penalty for that, let me put it like that. Then handball, I don’t know who will explain it to me.
“We had a very good view of it [the Mane incident], and it looked like a clear penalty. I turned to the fourth official and asked if he was going to be checked he said it was already and was not a penalty. It’s 100% true, and now someone wants to tell me how fast they got it from all these different angles.
“Last year there was a penalty against Leicester when people said Sadio Mane was going down too easily – if he was going down easily we would have had a penalty in this game and the last game a penalty, but this that André Marriner did with Sadio Mane I don’t know if it’s okay. “
“We cannot change. Now I hear Manchester United have had more penalties in two years than I have had in five and a half years. I don’t know if it’s my fault, or how it can happen.
“But that’s no excuse for the performance. We cannot change it, we must respect the decisions. But we can change our performance. That’s our goal now. ”
“A big deal, to be honest. Very frustrating, just because it’s so unnecessary but it happens anyway, ”he said (via the club’s official website). “We had a bad start in the game, we played completely in the hands of Southampton and gave the game, we have to admit it now, in the first few minutes because after that we weren’t calm enough to create opportunities to turn the tide.
“The first half was massively influenced by the start, but with the break it allowed us to sort it out a bit. Then we dominated in the right areas, had the moments but the decision making was not so good. The last pass, we missed the last pass.
“I’ve heard now that we only have one shot on target; we had a lot of shots off the target that we didn’t complete, but even with them we probably didn’t have enough for the times we had. Our fault, my responsibility and that’s it. ”
“Of course, we worry about it. These are our problems. When it comes to football you don’t have a lot of different issues – it’s like you’re defending poorly or we’re not attacking as well as we can or we’re not creating enough.
“These are football problems; yes we are worried about that but the football problems you solve with football and that is what we are working on. We know the situation, we are not dumb, and we have to show a 100% reaction. “
“I know they’re great guys, they’re great boys, they’re a fantastic group of players. But anyway tonight they weren’t good. Yes, when I think they should have done better I get angry – not long but I get angry. They know it and it was always like that.
“We can’t just be like this [pats his head] all the time just because we’ve gained something in the past. But we don’t have to make it bigger than it is, but it’s big. So we didn’t win the last game, the game before, the last four games – I don’t know, do we? And it’s all our fault – mostly my fault, but the boys played a part as well. We have to change that.
“If you put yourself in a situation like we did tonight against an opponent like Southampton then you are playing with fire let me put it like that. Southampton are too good for that, Premier League sides are too good for that. And we don’t score late goals because we have scored late goals in our past. You do this because you are putting such pressure on the opponent that they can no longer cope with it.
“I think Southampton was on point tonight but they could still cope with it because we helped. That’s all. We weren’t good enough tonight. ”
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