Liverpool Manager Questions Ignored Penalty Shout Against Manchester City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his team were robbed of a last minute penalty in Sunday’s thrilling 1-1 draw against Manchester City, during their Premier League encounter at Anfield.

Defender John Stones opened the scoring for Manchester City with a well-worked corner kick in the 23rd minute, before Alexis Mac Allister fired home a second-half penalty as Liverpool claimed a point against the champions.

However just before the final whistle, Liverpool were screaming for a penalty to no avail when Jeremy Doku challenged Mac Allister in the box, with his boot catching the Argentine in the chest.

“Hits him on the chest,” Klopp told reporters. “Does he touch the ball before? Yes. Does that make any difference, on any position on the pitch, if your leg is that high? You can kick the ball before, and after that the foot is here (Klopp points to his chest) and you go off.”

The officials disagreed and the VAR did not send the referee to have a second look after checking the decision.

“Why would the guy in the VAR studio think ‘Ah that’s not clear and obvious’? What must you have had for lunch if you think that’s not clear and obvious?,” Klopp added.

The 1-1 draw at Anfield left Arsenal top of the table in the tight title race. Liverpool are second on goal difference, while Manchester City are third with a point separating the top three teams.

The Liverpool manager insisted, however, he was already over the controversial moment, even if it comes back to bite Liverpool in the league title race.

“I have to speak so often about it, and I really don’t care, I’m already over it, it’s absolutely fine. We’d love to get it, yeah, but nothing that I say — at least I learned that — will change that.

“So would have loved to have used one of the massive chances we created. (But) for us, the most important information is we are right there. So, we go the distance. Let’s see what we get for it, but the boys fought so hard for absolutely everything to be there.

 

Reuters/Chidi Nwoke.

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