Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Everton winger Anthony Gordon was lucky not to have been sent off for two dives against Liverpool yesterday.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Klopp was asked for his opinion on a penalty shout involving Gordon and Joel Matip.
“From my point of view it was again clear no penalty,” said the Liverpool boss.
“I saw Gordon going down before Joel even hit him. I think the boy, as good as he is, and he’s really good I have to say, was lucky that he doesn’t get a second yellow. I didn’t see it back but for me it was clear no penalty.”
Gordon had already been booked for a blatant attempt to con the referee into giving him a penalty earlier in the game. Although this one was definitely a better shout for Everton, he still went to ground very easily under minimal contact from Matip.
Gordon makes his case
One man who clearly disagrees with Klopp’s take on the incident is Gordon himself.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Gordon, who Liverpool released from their academy as an 11-year-old, couldn’t believe that a penalty wasn’t give.
“He (Matip) stood on my foot,” said the Everton man. “Clearly I’ve gone one v one with him, I’ve got the better off him and he’s stood on my foot, which has caused me severe pain, and I’ve gone down.”
The 21-year-old stood by his account of the challenge from Matip when posting on Twitter later on in the evening.
Sharing a video of an angle of Matip’s tackle, Gordon simply added two face-palm emojis to make his feelings on the matter clear.
Gordon is of course entitled to feel aggrieved by the decision. But it would have definitely gone into the category of ‘soft’ had Stuart Attwell awarded the penalty.
Matip may have just caught the youngsters foot, but it looked more like a case of Gordon looking for the contact. After already collecting a yellow card for a disappointing dive in the first half, perhaps the referee was inclined to think it was simply another attempt to deceive him.
Judging by Klopp’s comments, the Liverpool manager was impressed by the winger’s performance. But unfortunately he is quickly earning a bit of reputation for going down under minimal duress.