Jurgen Klopp has shut down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s previous penalty complaints ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United on Sunday. The Reds visit Old Trafford looking to make a big statement in the Premier League title race, and it’s unlikely to be a clash without controversy.
In his pre-match press conference, Klopp addressed Solskjaer’s past comments suggesting he was to blame for referees’ hesitation to award United penalties.
The German boss shut Solskjaer down, insisting managers can’t influence referees over penalty decisions.
Klopp even insinuated that Liverpool endure deeper frustrations than United, considering they’ve been awarded far fewer penalties in recent years.
He told reporters: “We cannot influence refs with things like that. They are good, they go in the box, have these situations, but so do we and didn’t have even a similar number [of pens].”
Only Leicester (12) were awarded more penalties than United (11) last season, which contributed to a frustrated rant by Klopp in January.
After Liverpool lost 1-0 at Southampton, the 54-year-old fumed over Sadio Mane being snubbed after going down in the box.
He aimed a dig at the Red Devils recent frequency of spot-kicks to suggest Liverpool were hard done by.
“United had more penalties in two years than me in five-and-a-half years… but no excuses for tonight,” an aggrieved Klopp moaned.
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Published at Fri, 22 Oct 2021 11:42:00 +0000