Craig Pawson is probably the referee we’d least like to take charge of any Liverpool game from now on.
This season, he stitched us against Everton in the Premier League draw and today messed up badly in the second-half – failing to award any of our three potential penalty shouts against Manchester United.
He didn’t send off Marcus Rashford or Antonio Valencia either, when on another day United could have been down to nine men.
Jurgen Klopp though didn’t blame his officiating entirely for the defeat, admitting that the defending in the first-half was poor.
He did however suggest that one of our penalty shouts was clear cut, which it certainly was.
“We have to defend these situations better,” he told Sky Sports, cited in the Star.
“You can always lose a header or a challenge with Romelu Lukaku of course but there is a gap in behind and we need to close that.
“The two goals made the game not easy, we had a lot of OK moments, two good moments in the first half where we could finish better. We didn’t score before half time and then in the second half we chased the game. It is really difficult to do against a team like Manchester United.
“It was a clear penalty with Fellaini on Mane, in situations like this you need the right decision.
“It is all about the result and we lost.”
We’re now five points behind United, and Spurs could overtake us with a win this weekend, too.
If Chelsea are victorious, they’ll go four points behind, so the battle for the top four is very much back on, annoyingly.
But we’re backing Klopp and his boys to bounce back against Watford next time out.