Jurgen Klopp made no secret of his anger after seeing Liverpool held to a 0-0 draw with Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday.
The German’s men were hindered in their fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League, with a poor refereeing decision piling on the frustration.
A win would have arguably cemented Champions League qualification, although next week’s trip to face fifth-placed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge marks an ideal opportunity to finish the job.
Klopp, his players and the Anfield faithful were left furious after seeing a clear-cut penalty claim incredibly turned down by referee Andre Marriner.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s driven cross visibly struck the flailing arm of Erik Pieters, consequently denying Alberto Moreno what would have been a simple tap-in.
The Liverpool boss appeared to snub the offer of a handshake from the linesman after the game, undoubtedly in disapproval of the decision.
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A disappointing afternoon started early when Mohamed Salah uncharacteristically fluffed his lines in front of goal, scooping his eventual shot wide after bursting clean through on Jack Butland’s goal.
Paul Lambert’s men appeared to learn their lesson from then onwards, adopting a deep defensive line and offering little in the way of attacking ambition as a means of thwarting a sloppy Liverpool display.
Though the Reds were poor on the day, another poor show of officiating has to be propelled into the spotlight.