Klopp to reporter "I'm not your puppy" after defeat to West Ham

 

Klopp to reporter "I'm not your puppy" after defeat to West Ham

Jurgen Klopp failed to hide his frustration as big decisions went against his Liverpool side in the 3-2 defeat to West Ham.

The Reds were beaten for the first time this season after a game full of controversy at the London Stadium.

West Ham opened the scoring in the early stages of the first half when Alisson punched a corner into his own net under pressure from Angelo Ogbonna.

Furious Liverpool players protested for a foul but after a lengthy VAR check the goal was allowed.

Aaron Cresswell was then fortunate not to see red when his follow through caught Henderson high up on the shin.

Once again, VAR Stuart Attwell was asked to assist on-field referee Craig Pawson but decided not to send him off as the challenge didn’t have the required force to warrant a straight dismissal.

Klopp to reporter "I'm not your puppy" after defeat to West Ham


The visitors then got themselves back in the game through a Trent Alexander-Arnold free kick, before goals from Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma gave the Hammers a two-goal lead.

Divock Origi halved the arrears, but David Moyes’ side held on to leapfrog Liverpool and move into third in the Premier League table.

But Klopp was left furious in his post-match press conference, turning the questions about decisions back on the reporter.

“[The unbeaten run coming to an end] is the least of my problems,” Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live. “However long a run is, it will come to an end.

“There are a couple of things that happened during the game that are difficult to take. If you don’t take your chances, you’re leaving things up to ref decisions.”

Asked which decisions he wasn’t happy with, Klopp shot back with: “It’s really interesting you ask that. I’m not sure I want to answer the question if you don’t know the situation I’m talking about.

“Do you not think [Alisson was impeded for the first goal]? Is your job not to have an opinion? Okay that’s nice.

"What can Alisson do? That is why the goalie is protected. If a player goes up in the air with his arm, it is an important part of the body for the goalkeeper.

"People will say I am making excuses but I am calm. You need normal decisions from a referee and he did not do that."

The Liverpool boss was then asked to share whether he felt Cresswell should have been sent off, sarcastically replying: “My god. I’m not your puppy. Hopefully, you have an opinion yourself. All good.”

Defeat leaves Liverpool four points off league leaders Chelsea, with resurgent Arsenal their next opponents after the international break.

Source: Mirror

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