Jurgen Klopp was quick to call out what he perceived to be unnecessarily rough challenges issued by Liverpool’s opposition in Burnley on Saturday.
The German faced criticism as a result of such comments, with pundits clamouring to accuse the former Dortmund boss of calling for a return of increased referee intervention or playing “mind games”.
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That all being said, a number of clips of certain challenges in the Reds’ 2-0 victory at the weekend gathered by fans appear to support Klopp’s claims.
As such, it would appear that there is certainly some room for nuance when it comes to balancing sound officiating with free-flowing football.
You can catch the clips below, courtesy of LFCTV & Sky Sports:
Only just seen this now but remember thinking in the ground how the fuck is that not a penalty? Cork just literally fucking speared Jota. 😂🤼♀️ pic.twitter.com/eBd1X5N79F
— Mick Moran (@Mick_Moran_) August 23, 2021
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"We didn't see any of those challenges."
Because this challenge is normal… @jjenas8 🙄 pic.twitter.com/yUv0knxs9t
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) August 22, 2021
When Klopp was talking about wrestling after the game, I think this move from Ashley “Bulldozer” Barnes might have been fresh in his mind. Not interested in the ball, jumps in two-footed and drags Matip to the floor. No free kick. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/3RI9FnWLKp
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I guarantee that if Jermain/Roy had been tackled like that there would have certainly been a wailing and a gnashing of teeth. Nothing NORMAL about that.
No yellow cards, not a single red card for 95 games. Dirty team obviously.
Yellow? I think any deliberate and obvious destruction of the play should be a red card.