Klopp hints that ‘blatant refereeing decisions’ cost Liverpool the PL title last season

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp speaks to Pep Guardiola about a decision Credit: PA Images
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp speaks to Pep Guardiola about a decision Credit: PA Images

Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool only had one slice of luck from referees last season with plenty of decisions going against them.

In one of the best Premier League title races of all time, Manchester City pipped Liverpool on the final day of the season to win the league by a single point.

It had looked like City had thrown away the title when Aston Villa went 2-0 up at the Etihad Stadium in the final match of the season but Pep Guardiola’s side roared back to win 3-2.

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But Klopp said in an interview with Sport 1 that he felt Man City’s title triumph had been aided by a number of refereeing decisions.

Klopp told the German publication: “I don’t have any problems with anyone from City. They deserved it just as much as we deserved it.

“What comes up in a moment like that: a few things happened over the season when a few things went against us, so I was thinking on the day: Let’s hope it won’t be decisive in the end.

“And then you forget about it again and don’t think about it. There were really blatant refereeing decisions. You keep thinking, what went in our favour?

“Completely without club glasses. We were lucky once not to get a penalty against us. But we were already leading 2-0. Otherwise – nothing.”

One of the most controversial moments in a City match was when Rodri appeared to handle the ball inside the box in a 1-0 victory over Everton after VAR decided not to overrule the referee’s on pitch decision.

While Klopp was apoplectic with rage in December after Harry Kane escaped a red card for a tackle on Andy Robertson during their 2-2 draw against Tottenham, before the Scot was dismissed for another challenge later in the match.

On not getting decisions from referees last season, Klopp added: “And against us? Clear handball penalties, penalties not given. Clear red cards not given against us, so for the opponent. That comes up at this moment. It’s human to think for a moment. But I don’t carry that around for long.

“No matter how Manchester City get the result, I accepted it – it’s deserved. And the other way round quite the same.

“And I can say: today I would be sitting here and wouldn’t feel one bit different if I had become champion and won the Champions League for a second time.”

 

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