Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, was left dumbfounded at referee, Anthony Taylor’s decision not to give Vincent Kompany a red card in the first half of their defeat to Manchester City last night.
The City captain instead received a yellow card for his two-footed lunge on Mo Salah just as the Egyptian star was running through on goal.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the game, Klopp bemoaned the decision not to send Kompany off, he decision to the sending off of Sadio Mane during City’s 5-0 win over Liverpool last season.
“I really like Vincent Kompany but how, how on earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more, he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.”
“I don’t blame anybody, but in a situation like that make a decision.”
“When we were here in the summer there was a red card [Sadio Mané]. Nobody thought about it. Was it a red card? Probably yes. Did Sadio want it? No, he didn’t want it for a second. He didn’t see him [Ederson] but he hit him”, Klopp continued.
Should @ManCity have been down to 10 men? ?
"I really like Vincent Kompany. I really like him but how on Earth is that not a red card?"
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 4, 2019
“These things happen but it’s all okay. We lost the game because they scored two and we scored one.”
“We take that and now we carry on.”
Last night’s clash at the Etihad proved to be Liverpool’s first defeat of the season as goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane saw their lead at the top of the Premier League table reduced down to four points.
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