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Jurgen Klopp takes aim at referee, VAR & West Ham as excuses fly following Liverpool defeat

Jurgen Klopp takes aim at referee, VAR & West Ham as excuses fly following Liverpool defeat

 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was in understandably foul mood this evening, after being drawn on his side’s defeat to West Ham United.

Zouma’s header makes the difference

Klopp led his side back into action a short time ago, making the trip to the London Stadium for a Premier League showdown with David Moyes’ Hammers.

Liverpool headed into proceedings aiming to keep alive a fine campaign to date, having remained unbeaten across all competitions, and secured their spot in the Champions League’s knockout rounds courtesy of a 2-0 downing of Atletico Madrid during the week.

When all was said and done on Sunday evening, however, the visitors were brought crashing back down to earth by a thoroughly impressive West Ham outfit.

Despite finding the net twice, courtesy of Trent Alexander-Arnold (in spectacular fashion) and substitute Divock Origi, Liverpool ultimately came up short on the wrong side of a 3-2 final scoreline.

An own goal on the part of the less-than-impressive Alisson was followed by further strikes from Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma, to guide West Ham clear of Liverpool into 3rd in the Premier League table.

‘Not brave enough’

In turn, as outlined above, it should come as little surprise to hear that Jurgen Klopp was in less than jubilant mood on the back of the full-time whistle sounding at the London Stadium this evening.

Speaking in his post-match interview, the Reds boss was drawn on a pair of key decisions early in the first-half, which ultimately went against his side.

First, regarding the call not to award Liverpool a free-kick for what he evidently deemed a foul on Alisson, culminating in the game’s opener, Klopp sniped:

‘Each football person in the world would say it’s a foul on Alisson because his arm is taken away from him. Yes – it is a foul.’

‘The referee is not in charge of it and is not brave enough to make a decision. VAR then says it’s not clear and obvious.’

Then, when asked for his take on whether or not Aaron Cresswell should have been given his marching orders for a dangerous challenge on Jordan Henderson, the German explained:

‘It’s a clear red card for Cresswell. No discussion possible. A reckless challenge.’

‘I think another referee and another VAR are doing another decision.’

And there was even time for Klopp to aim something of an underhanded jibe at West Ham, over the style of play employed by Sunday’s hosts:

‘West Ham plays really good stuff this season but today it was a bit more like the old West Ham.’

Read more:

Alisson has a nightmare & 4 things we learned as West Ham hand Liverpool first loss of the season

Cristiano Ronaldo accused of ‘coward’s challenge’ late in Manchester derby defeat

 


This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 22 28 43
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 20 3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 0 28
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Ward Prowse, James Southampton FC 6