Jurgen Klopp admitted he deserved a send-off against Manchester City, but the Liverpool manager also expressed disappointment with the refereeing during his side’s 1-0 win at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah scored the only goal in Sunday’s frenetic game, grabbing Alisson’s long-range pass with 14 minutes to go past Ederson.
It was City’s first Premier League defeat of the season, but the visitors were disappointed when Phil Foden’s 0-0 second-half goal was scored after a video assistant asked referee Anthony Taylor to look at a pitchside monitor. the referee who showed how Erling Haaland stopped Fabinho during the build-up.
City boss Pep Guardiola and Klopp both expressed disappointment with Taylor’s decisions in the game, with the latter receiving a red card after objecting to Salah’s challenge with five minutes remaining unpunished.
“Yes, of course, it’s all about emotions … the red card is my fault,” Klopp admitted at the post-match press conference.
“At that moment I went too far, I don’t think I was disrespectful to anyone, but when you look at the photos back – I know myself for 55 years, the way I look at these moments already deserves a red card.
“I lost it at that moment and it’s not normal, but I think a little as an excuse I would like to mention how you can not whistle this foul [on Salah]? How is this possible? And I would like an explanation.
“I don’t know what Pep said here now, maybe a little, maybe very disappointed, upset or something like that. But during the game, we completely agreed that Anthony Taylor let things take their course. Why would you do that? Both teams, it wasn’t one but now I’ve heard people say that Anfield have made a VAR decision. [to disallow Foden’s goal].
“With the foul on Mo, Anfield had no chance of making any impact. Foul on Fabinho, I think we agree with that. Isn’t that enough to knock someone down?
“So there was already the first moment where Pep and I were pretty animated, both, but really for the same reason, to be 100% honest. For the same reason, we didn’t argue with each other, not at all.
“Then [the red card] situation, I just had a perfect view and linesman and you can imagine we are 1-0 and we have a free kick there or a counter attack there. It’s almost a 100 percent difference, and that’s when I snapped, and again, I’m not proud of it, but it happened.”
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One of the downsides for Klopp was that Diogo Jota got injured late. The Portugal international has only recently recovered from injury, but his manager did not inspire hope, saying: “Diogo, I wish I didn’t have to talk about it.
“When I saw him fall and there wasn’t a lot of contact, you can see a little bit of someone kicking him and maybe the muscle is overstretched, [playing for] 96 minutes is bad for the muscles. He felt it right away and now we have to wait to see how bad it is.”
Klopp has already had to make changes to his squad due to injuries, with Ibrahim Konate missed and James Milner starting from right-back, meaning Joe Gomez is back in the middle of defence.
The 25-year-old helped silence Haaland and company, with Klopp praising his “outstanding talent” along with Milner’s efforts.
“It’s just great for Joey that he can show what kind of player he is,” he said. “Outstanding, outstanding talent, great player and obviously can play in different positions.
“Today was a sensational, mature performance with Virgil. [van Dijk] and two cornerbacks.
“I’d like to point out – and that’s great, Joey deserves all the credit – but I’m pretty sure a lot of people before the game were like, ‘Oh, James Milner vs. Phil Foden.’ James Milner’s acting was just incredible. Joey too.