After Liverpool was denied what he thought were two spot-kicks in their loss to Southampton, Jurgen Klopp blasted Manchester United’s penalty record.
After a challenge from Kyle Walker-Peters in the Reds’ 1-0 loss on Monday night, Sadio Mane argued for a penalty for the second game in a row. And when the ball reached Jack Stephens’ hand as he went down to block a Gini Wijnaldum shot, referee Andre Marriner was also unmoved.
The loss meant that Liverpool and United are levels on points going into their January 17 Anfield clash, with Klopp’s side leading the Premier League table on goal difference having played a game more than their competitors. And the manager of the Reds insisted that his side should have made both choices at St Mary’s.
Klopp said of the incident involving Mane: “I turned around and we had a really good view of it. It looked like a penan obvious penaltyrned to the fourth official, he said, ‘we checked already, no penalty’. That’s the 100 per cent truth. They checked it already.” That’s percent truth. They’ve already checked it.
During last week’s 0-0 draw at Newcastle, Mane also struggled to secure a penalty as he remained on his feet when keeper Karl Darlow appeared to catch his leg just yards from the goal line.
“Klopp said, “We had the Leicester penalty situation last year, and people think, ‘Sadio Mane goes down too easily. If this boy went down easy, we could have had a penalty in this game and a stonewall penalty in the last game. But what Andre Marriner did with Sadio Mane tonight, I’m not sure that’s okay, to be honest.”
And the Liverpool manager was angry when he learned the United penalty record numbers.