Jürgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, castigates the decision of referee Felix Byrch not to have whistled a foul against Sadio Mané moments before Real Madrid’s second goal (3-1) on Tuesday.
Jürgen Klopp was not only up against Naby Keita and the very disappointing defensive performance of his team during Liverpool’s defeat at Real Madrid (3-1) on Tuesday. The German manager blasted a decision by German referee Felix Byrch just before the Spaniards’ second goal in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. Alerted by a long ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mané found himself on the ground after a contentious contact with Lucas Vazquez, in the position of last defender. The referee didn’t blow a whistle and 27 seconds later Marco Asensio broke for Real Madrid.
“The situation with Sadio, I’m not sure what the referee did tonight,” railed Klopp after the match. It looked like something personal. I told him after the match, I thinks he was unfair to Sadio. He’s not the one losing the game but you just need a good referee. “
“A 100% fault”, according to Crouch
Peter Crouch, former Liverpool player, also lamented the decision not to whistle for foul in favor of the Senegalese international. “It’s a 100% foul,” Crouch told BT Sport. “He’s not looking at the ball, it’s a foul anywhere on the pitch.”
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Klopp also regretted another lack of decision in favor of Mané in the second period approaching the opponent’s area. But he didn’t just target Mr Byrch’s decisions. He also regretted the inconsistent performance of his team.
“If we want to go to the semi-finals, we have to earn the right to do it and we haven’t, especially in the first half, he analyzed. The only good thing I can say to About the game, aside from the goal, is that we’re only halfway through the game. We just haven’t played football well enough tonight to cause Real Madrid more problems. thought it would have been possible, but we have to show it in the next game. We made it too easy for them. I’m not happy with the way we played in possession. We pressed them very well, they play a long time but then they beat us on the second ball. We have to create more and play better. We didn’t deserve much more tonight. The away goal gives us a lifeline. “