12/10/2017 8:40:00 PM

Klopp in ref rage after Liverpool held by Everton

Klopp in ref rage after Liverpool held by Everton

Liverpool: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp slammed referee Craig Pawson for the controversial penalty decision that allowed Everton to escape with a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Klopp was furious that Pawson awarded a 77th-minute spot-kick for Dejan Lovren's barge into Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Wayne Rooney converted the penalty to claim his first Merseyside derby goal and cancel out Mohamed Salah's superb first-half opener.

"I don't understand why the ref is doing that. Lovren doesn't make a challenge. Calvert-Lewin makes a step. The hand is on the back," Klopp said in a tetchy television interview. "If you think it is a penalty say so. Does my opinion change anything? "I only want to speak to people with a little bit of understanding about football."

Klopp's surprise decision to rest in-form forwards Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino back-fired, but the German refused to accept any blame, opting to criticise Everton for a defensive display.

"Only one team is trying over 95 minutes to win it. The other team are not in our box and didn't have a shot on target bar the penalty," he said. "Our performance was good. We didn't score often enough. I saw only one team playing. I can't believe the situation with all the challenges."

 

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