Jurgen Klopp was asked for his view on Vincent Kompany’s full-blooded challenge on Mohamed Salah that many believe he should have been sent off for.
The Belgian was off the ground when he made contact with Mohamed Salah and looking back, it’s probably fortunate that Salah was too as well otherwise he could have easily had his leg broken.
Referee Anthony Taylor (who is from Manchester by the way) adjudged the tackle to only be worth a yellow card despite the recklessness of the challenge and potential for serious harm.
After the game, during his post-match press conference, Klopp was asked for his view on the tackle and he was critical of Kompany’s ‘bad decision’ to go to ground.
Klopp said: “I think everybody knows it. I like him [Kompany], he is such a fantastic player, outstanding. I loved him already when he was at Hamburg, what a career. But situations like this happen, a player makes a decision to slide in and go on the ground, but he just took the risk and if Mo is on his feet really, we talk differently then.
“He’s still a nice guy with a really bad decision. What I said last time [after the last game] when somebody asked me ‘was it a dive?’ – do we need blood? Is it like this? In that situation everybody knows, if Mo can go through, come on, what happens then?
“I don’t blame anybody, it’s just in a situation like that, make a decision. We got it here last year in the summer, got a red card and nobody thought about it. It was a red card, probably yes. Did he want it? No, Sadio didn’t want it for a second.
“He didn’t see him but he hit him. Here he saw him and he hit him, not as bad as it could have been, that’s all. You can make of it what you want. Look at it and make your own opinion.”