Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City at Anfield last night and their manager Jurgen Klopp believes that they were denied a clear penalty. With that tragic draw, the Reds already missed their chance to have a seven-point gap with second place holder Manchester City. Liverpool is now having 61 points in 24 matches.
Sadio Mane scored the opener for the Reds but Harry Maguire equalized that effort with his late first-half goal. However, Liverpool manager believes that several of referee’s decision went against them. Besides, he also believes that the early foul of Harry Maguire on Sadio Mane was a clear penalty.
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While talking about their last night’s draw against Leicester City, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said “I would say it’s a 100% chance, at least,” and then added “I think that’s something that gives you the chance. Not only was Sadio through, I’m pretty sure that Mo was on the other side.” He said, “But Martin Atkinson thought it was not a red card, he gave a yellow card.”
The manager said “I don’t think you needed VAR for that. I think we agree it was a penalty,” and then added “I don’t know what he [Atkinson] thought in that moment. I think he had the best position.” He said “Usually I have to explain penalties which were penalties, and you ask me if it was a soft penalty. A penalty is a penalty, there was no blood involved again today but it’s a penalty because one of our players is in the box. It is like it is. It won’t change.”
Jurgen Klopp said “You have to take it how it is,” he further told reporters after the match,” and then added “To break down a side like Leicester, you have to accelerate, to speed up in decisive areas. I don’t know why, but we didn’t do that. Then we gave a goal away. You pay for your mistakes.” He also said, “We put them under pressure in the last ten minutes but you have to say Leicester did really well.”
The Reds manager stated “We were unlucky with the goal in the last second before half-time,” and then added “It doesn’t feel brilliant. It was a much more open game in the second half.” Klopp then expressed his clear frustration and said “I am disappointed we didn’t win the game. We want to win football games.”