Liverpool have had some awful luck this season. Jürgen Klopp has had to contend with illness, injury and a hectic fixture schedule. He’s also had to deal with some atrocious refereeing decisions throughout the season. After voicing his opinion, Mark Clattenburg has aimed a dig at Jürgen Klopp which actually pays him a massive compliment.
Klopp slams Man United penalty record
Liverpool have had an awfully unlucky season.
The Reds have lost key stars to horror tackles in the Merseyside Derby.
They’ve dealt with illness and shocking refereeing decisions.
Eventually Jürgen Klopp had had enough, speaking after the Reds’ draw at Newcastle United, the gaffer pointed out that his rivals are getting many more decisions in their favour. Speaking on Sky Sports the boss said:
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“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.”
Mark Clattenburg on Jürgen Klopp
Evidently not everybody agrees with the Anfield boss.
In his column for The Mail, Mark Clattenburg aimed a dig at Jürgen Klopp in light of his complaints about refereeing standards.
The ex-PL referee clearly isn’t fond of the German’s approach, writing:
“Jurgen Klopp must be getting worried, because his comments last week about Manchester United and penalties were straight out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s playbook.
“It was mind games — an attempt to influence referee Paul Tierney and get inside his head before a huge match between Liverpool and United this Sunday.
“Klopp was correct when he said United have won more penalties in two years than Liverpool have in his five and a half at Anfield. He was smart, because his comments could not get him into trouble with the authorities.”
Clattenburg remarks a compliment
Are we supposed to pretend that Mark Clattenburg insulted Jürgen Klopp here?
The ex-referee just paid the boss a massive compliment!
Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the most successful managers of all time, indeed he is one of the greatest.
One of the ex-United boss’ strengths was his ability to get into people’s heads.
Fergie made people crumble around him, we saw it with Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez. If Jürgen Klopp is acting like Sir Alex then that’s fine by me.