The defending champions dropped points for the third match in a row as Southampton handed Liverpool their second defeat of the season. An early goal from Danny Ings secured all three points for the Saints, while the Reds were left frustrated with some of the refereeing decisions.
The defeat leaves Liverpool level on points with Manchester United, who could go above the defending champions with a win against Burnley next Tuesday. A win for Manchester United would see Liverpool host the Red Devils as table toppers on January 17th, and Jurgen Klopp has spiced up the occasion by questioning the penalties awarded to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated after a couple of penalty appeals from Liverpool, one for a foul on Sadio Mane in the box, and the other for Jack Stephens handball were waived by the VAR officials. Speaking after the game, the Liverpool manager said “If anybody ever again will say Sadio Mane is a ‘diver’, it’s the biggest joke in the world. This boy tries to stay on his feet with all he has. In two situations… other teams will get a penalty for it, let me say it like this. Then the handball, I don’t know who will explain that to me.“
“We had a really good view of it, and it looked like a clear penalty. I turned around to the fourth official and asked if it was going to be checked, he said it already had been and was not a penalty. That’s 100 per cent true, and now someone wants to tell me how quick they had it in all these different angles.“
“Last year, there was a penalty against Leicester when people said Sadio Mane goes down too easily – if he goes down easily, we would have had a penalty in this game and the last game, a stonewall penalty, but what Andre Marriner did with Sadio Mane I’m not sure if that’s okay.“
“The boy tried everything, had a few great challenges with Walker-Peters. But there were a lot of situations which should have been free-kicks. The last one, when he goes down, you see that back and in the box he hits him in the end with his left foot, that’s a penalty.”
“We cannot change. I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years. I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen. But it’s no excuse for the performance. We cannot change it, we have to respect the decisions. But we can change our performance. That’s our focus now.”