Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp is not happy with what he felt was a clear and obvious mistake on a penalty call against his team, even if the ex BVB coach admitted that his players were not at their best vs Napoli.
Liverpool were defeated 2-0 in Naples yesternight as they failed to retaliate for the loss to the same team last season in the UCL.
The decider happened when Andrew Robertson was penalised for a foul in the box on Jose Callejon as the game was coming to an end. Mertens scored the penalty even if a lot of people saw it as soft.
After the game, Klopp was pissed with the referee’s decision, even if his players disappointed him.
His words, “What can I say? For me, it’s clear and obvious not a penalty because Callejon jumps before there’s any contact. But we can’t change that. We have to be critical with ourselves. We could have done better,”
“They did well in a lot of moments, we played a lot of good football that we didn’t finish off. We had our chances. There were moments when we wanted a free-kick. I don’t understand why there was no free-kick when Sadio [Mane] goes down up and down, up and down. You think ‘what’s happening here?’
“It kept the intensity of the game, but what I said, we controlled moments but didn’t have a lot of chances at the end. You saw a lot of respect from both sides where we both defended well, but each ball we lost or they lost was immediately a threat.
“In these situations, you have to finish it off. I think one situation, Sadio was running, if he makes two more steps and shot, but from the beginning he wanted to pass the ball, in the end you’re like make another step and you can do it yourself.
“We made these decisions that were not right tonight and we have to accept the result.”
“It should hurt because there were opportunities to win the game. This was a much better game than the last time we played them and they won 1-0 in the last minute. It was an open game.
“There were moments when we controlled the game, we had a lot of counter-attacks but didn’t finish them off. That’s a problem.
“In the second half, we had this wild game. We were running, they were running and that killed everyone on the pitch.
“Then we started controlling it again but conceded a penalty. That doesn’t help. I don’t think it’s a penalty. I’ve really no idea. It’s difficult.”