In his team’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said that he “went over the top” and “lost it” and totally deserved his dismissal. The manager of the Reds was incensed that Bernardo Silva’s late-game foul on Mohamed Salah, who scored both goals, was not called by referee Anthony Taylor. But his rage, which he also aimed at the nearby assistant referee, led to his dismissal from the sidelines.
The Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was incensed because Taylor had reversed Phil Foden’s earlier goal, which had caused a ruckus in the Anfield technical area. That came after VAR had instructed the referee to check the pitchside monitor for a buildup foul committed by Erling Haaland against Fabinho. It’s unknown what Klopp said to the authorities, but it was enough to get him fired right away.
He said: “The red card was my fault. I went over the top at the moment, but I don’t think I was disrespectful to anyone. When you look at the pictures back, I know myself at 55 years old the way I look in these moments, (it) is already worth a red card.
“I lost it in that moment and that is not OK, but (there is) a little bit of an excuse. I will like to mention how can you not whistle that foul? How on earth is that possible?”.
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As he attempted to play advantage as frequently as he could, Taylor had given the players somewhat of a free hand in the game. But sometimes, in a fast-paced, high-stakes game, that was the incorrect move.
Klopp added, “I heard now that people said it was Anfield that made the VAR decision”. With a foul on Mo, Anfield had no chance to make any impact. It’s a foul on Fabinho (in the lead-up to Foden’s goal), I think we agree on that. Is it not enough, to pull somebody down?
“Then Ali (goalkeeper Alisson Becker) has the hand on the ball (before Haaland frees it). So there was already the first moment where Pep and I were pretty animated but actually for the same reason to be 100 per cent honest.
“We were not arguing with each other, not at all. Then that situation (with Salah) I just had the perfect view and the linesman, and you can imagine we are 1-0 up and we have a free-kick there or a counter-attack there. That is pretty much a 100 per cent difference and that was when I snapped and again I am not proud of that, but it happened.”
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