Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a frustrated man following the loss to Brentford
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp did not mince his words and gave a frustrated rant against the referees after his side lost 3-1 to Brentford in the Premier League on Monday.
The Bees scored two in the first half and had two goals disallowed as a dominant opening 45 minutes more or less put the game to bed. The Reds were better in the second half but were not good enough to see the game through.
After the game, while speaking to beIN Sports (h/t Daily Mail), Klopp compared talking to the referees as that to speaking to a “microwave”.
“Yeah, but actually that’s exactly the same as I would talk to my microwave, you get no response, really. It’s always the same. Before the season they gave us advice that the players have to be careful in these moments because the refs will have an eye on it. You see in these games pretty much everything is allowed, it’s always on the edge and they are using it.”
Klopp claimed that the west London side were ‘stretching the rules’ and were pushing and holding, especially at the set-pieces and still got away with it. While the Reds were not good enough on Monday night, the ref was poor.
Brentford’s third goal should not have stood as it was clear that Bryan Mbeumo pushed Ibrahima Konate, but the official did not bother to change his decision and let the goal stand.
Poor refereeing is something that has caused trouble to almost all the clubs and while numerous players and managers have spoken against it, the quality in officiating has far from improved.
However, the boss will be wise to remember that his side was also poor against a dominant opponent. We were simply not good enough in any department and now sit sixth on the table with 28 points, four behind fourth-placed Manchester United and have also played a game more than them.
It remains to be seen if Klopp faces any charges from the FA for his comments on the officials after the game. Whatever may be the case, there can hardly be any that can deny that his comparison of them with a “microwave” actually makes sense.
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Klopp, on the other hand, will hope for a much better performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday (January 7) for their FA Cup clash. As defending champions, fans will hope to see their side lift the famous old trophy again in May.