English Premiership

Klopp in ref rage after Liverpool held by Everton

Jurgen Klopp (AP)
Jurgen Klopp (AP)

Liverpool - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp slammed referee Craig Pawson for the controversial penalty decision that allowed Everton to escape with a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Klopp was furious that Pawson awarded a 77th-minute spot-kick for Dejan Lovren's barge into Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Wayne Rooney converted the penalty to claim his first Merseyside derby goal and cancel out Mohamed Salah's superb first-half opener.

"I don't understand why the ref is doing that. Lovren doesn't make a challenge. Calvert-Lewin makes a step. The hand is on the back," Klopp said in a tetchy television interview.

"If you think it is a penalty say so. Does my opinion change anything?

"I only want to speak to people with a little bit of understanding about football.

"I am sorry, I am wrong and you are right. Obviously I am not in the mood to answer questions."

Klopp's surprise decision to rest in-form forwards Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino back-fired, but the German refused to accept any blame, opting to criticise Everton for a defensive display.

"Only one team is trying over 95 minutes to win it. The other team are not in our box and didn't have a shot on target bar the penalty," he said.

"Our performance was good. We didn't score often enough. I saw only one team playing. I can't believe the situation with all the challenges.

"We were clean and didn't make any fouls. There is always one nasty one - Sigurdsson made that. A clear red card."

On his team changes, Klopp added: "Twenty-one days, seven games. We can push them through until one is injured and then people say the squad is not deep enough.

"The players who came on did a brilliant job."

Fixtures
Mon 21 Sep 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Aston Villa
Sheffield United
Villa Park
Mon 21 Sep 20 21:15 PM (SAST)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City
Molineux Stadium
Sat 26 Sep 20 13:30 PM (SAST)
Brighton & Hove Albion
Manchester United
The American Express Community Stadium
Results
Sun 20 Sep 20
Leicester City 4
Burnley 2
Sun 20 Sep 20
Chelsea 0
Liverpool 2
Sun 20 Sep 20
Newcastle United 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 3
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Leicester City
2
2
6
2. Everton
2
2
6
3. Arsenal
2
2
6
4. Liverpool
2
2
6