Sunday, 25 September, 2022

Jurgen Klopp has claimed that ‘blatant’ refereeing blunders cost Liverpool Premier League title last season


Jurgen Klopp has claimed that 'blatant' refereeing blunders cost Liverpool Premier League title last season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that his team lost the 2021-22 Premier League title due to dubious refereeing decisions.

Manchester City lifted their fourth domestic title in the past five years last season after beating Liverpool to the crown by just one point. Despite losing just two Premier League matches in the entire campaign, the Reds were left ruing on the final matchday.

Pep Guardiola’s side won the title in dramatic fashion after coming back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 on the last day of the 2021-22 season. But Klopp believes that things could have been different if some decisions had gone his team’s way.

Speaking to Sport 1, the 55-year-old tactician said:

“I don’t have any problems with anyone from City. They deserved it just as much as we deserved it. What comes up in a moment like that: a few things happened over the season when a few things went against us, so I was thinking on the day: Let’s hope it won’t be decisive in the end. There were really blatant refereeing decisions.”

He continued:

“You keep thinking, what went in our favour? Completely without club glasses. We were lucky once not to get a penalty against us. But we were already leading 2-0. Otherwise – nothing. And against us? Clear handball penalties, penalties not given. Clear red cards not given against us, so for the opponent. That comes up at this moment.”

He added:

“It’s human to think for a moment. But I don’t carry that around for long. No matter how Manchester City get the result, I accepted it – it’s deserved. And the other way round quite the same. And I can say: today I would be sitting here and wouldn’t feel one bit different if I had become champion and won the Champions League for a second time.”

Liverpool are currently seventh in the 2022-23 Premier League standings with nine points from six games. The club will next take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Saturday (September 10).

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