Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was feeling, perhaps rightly, aggrieved last night following the Reds’ Champions League defeat to PSG in Paris.
Klopp’s side battled but were ultimately beaten by 2-1 against the French champions in what turned out to be a feisty affair with Liverpool racking up 20 fouls compared to PSG’s 12.
Liverpool fell behind thanks to goals from the always controversial Neymar and Juan Bernat in the first half and despite grabbing a goal back thanks to a James Milner penalty, last season’s beaten finalists couldn’t snatch an equaliser.
Klopp, speaking after the game, was clearly incensed by the “clever” tactics of PSG who seemed to take an age to recover from any of the fouls they were subjected to.
“I know it will be the headline,” Klopp said, “but the number of interruptions in the game was not cool.
“We won the fair play award two times in England and tonight we looked like butchers with the number of yellow cards.
“It was clever of PSG, especially Neymar, but a lot of other players went down like there was something serious.
“We were not that calm anymore, rather frustrated and negative frustration does not help. That is a job for us to deal with.”
The Merseyside club have had an excellent start to the Premier League season, sitting in second spot and still unbeaten in their first 13 games.
They have not, however, been able to translate that form into Europe as they face an uphill task to qualify for the last 16 of the competition knowing that they must beat Napoli by two clear goals at home.
Perhaps their task would have been made easier had PSG midfielder Marco Veratti been sent off for a high challenge which caught the shin of Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.
Klopp said: “Everybody has eyes, everybody could see it but it is only a story if I see it. I don’t believe that.
“For me, it is a red card, but it changes nothing. I do not care, I had a very good view of it and it was for sure not just another yellow card.”