Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could not contain his annoyance after Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead at West Brom.
Rather than turn the focus on his own side’s shortcomings and sloppiness, however, the Reds boss took aim at West Brom’s pitch and playing style and the refereeing performance of Stuart Atwell.
The pitch at the Hawthorns was too dry for Klopp’s liking – as he explained to the Sky Sports cameras in a tetchy post-match interview:
“We controlled it pretty well, their only opportunity was with set pieces, the rest we defended really well. The whole game was a plot on the goalkeeper, everyone loves it in this country, but it makes life difficult for the goalie.
“It was a difficult game as the pitch got drier and drier. West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half-time and that makes it difficult.
“It makes a massive difference. A team like West Brom do not need a wet pitch, they can do it next year playing on a dry pitch in the Championship.”
— Ashley Rose (@Ashleyrose66) April 21, 2018
Klopp was unhappy that Danny Ings was not awarded a penalty in the second half, when it looked for all the world like he had been brought down in the box. The forward was also on the end of a punch into the ribs by Ahmed Hegazi just minutes later – another decision that Klopp felt had a huge bearing on the game:
“People laugh at Ings when he goes down, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t go down in that situation. We need the the right decisions, everything would be fine and we win 3-0 or 3-1.
“I am very happy, but he should have scored a second. I do not want to talk about positive thing, give me a night to sleep on it.”
The draw leaves Liverpool still needing four points from their final three games to guarantee a top four place for next season. They face Roma in midweek in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.