Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are not a “kicking team” and criticized what he called a “crazy decision” following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham after receiving two red cards.
Curtis Jones was sent off in the 26th minute for a foul on Yves Bissuma after VAR directed referee Simon Hooper to the review screen after an initial yellow card. Substitute Diogo Jota was sent off in the second half after picking up two yellow cards in the space of two minutes for fouling a Spurs defender. Destiny is busy.
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The red cards take the club’s tally to four in seven Premier League matches this season. Already this campaign, Virgil van Dijk has been suspended for a red card in the 2-1 win at Newcastle. Alexis McAllister Received a red card in the 3–1 win over Bournemouth on appeal.
But after losing two players to red cards at Spurs and subsequent suspensions, Klopp questioned both decisions.
Red card for Curtis, everyone here [at the news conference] Maybe the red card thinks, but I played football and you didn’t,” Klopp said. “When you watch it in slow motion, it looks horrible, but in real time it doesn’t look bad.
“The game is in real time, but we judge it in slow motion. If they didn’t use slow motion, I’m sure we still wouldn’t be able to agree on many situations.
Curtis wasn’t even close to doing it on purpose. We are not a kicking team.
“How can Jota go off the field with two yellow cards in this game? The first one he just touched him and it was definitely not his fault.
“That’s the problem. We have a lot. When was the last time you heard of a game with 11 v. 9? And we were close to 11 v. 8! There were no horrible fouls.
“We weren’t kicking players or whatever. The boys made a great game of it, it’s crazy how hard we fought.
“In the end we got nothing. The result is gone but the performance will stay with me forever. I love our attitude and our desire.
“I learned a lot about my team — a lot more than if we had won here. Don’t think we didn’t get anything out of it.”
Liverpool was also there Luis Diaz The goal was controversially ruled out for offside when the game was 0–0, a decision which PGMOL later admitted was wrong due to “significant human error”.
“I’ve never seen a game like this, in the most unfair circumstances, with crazy decisions,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
Tottenham won the game with a Joel Matip own goal in stoppage time after Cody Gakpo canceled out Son Heung-min’s opener in the first half.
Klopp said Gakpo could now face a spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury shortly before Liverpool’s goal.
“Cody is injured,” Klopp said. “He’s going down the aisle. We’ve lost two players [to suspension] And maybe a third [to injury]. Really bad. This is something we have to deal with.
“Cody was fouled, scored with it [injury] And he took the shot and felt it more.”