Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s non-penalty in Manchester City draw: ‘If the ball wasn’t there, he kills him’

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool were denied a “clear penalty” during the latter stages of the 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Anfield.

Late into second-half added time, City winger Jeremy Doku collided with Liverpool’s Alexis Mac Allister in the penalty area.

Doku connected with the ball but followed through into the chest of the Mac Allister. A VAR check did not send referee Michael Oliver to the pitch-side monitor and the game ended level shortly after.

“This situation, in all positions on the pitch, is 100 per cent a foul and it’s a yellow card,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“He only can hit the ball because his foot is right there. And then they say, ‘Oh, he hit the ball’. But if the ball wasn’t there, he kills him.

“You will find people, Mike Dean he is working for Sky, he will find something (to explain the decision). For all football people, it’s a penalty. If you don’t think it is one, maybe you are not a football person.”


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Klopp added when speaking to beIN Sports: “If you look as a football person, it is a clear penalty. But somebody will explain to me the reason why it’s not.

“Or Howard Webb (chair of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body which organises refereeing in England) will call us tomorrow and say sorry. These are the two possible outcomes and both things will not change the results. I’m already over it.”

City took the lead through John Stones in the 23rd minute before Mac Allister equalised via a penalty in the 50th minute.

The draw between Liverpool and Man City means that Arsenal will remain on top of the Premier League until after the March international break. The north London side face City at the Etihad on March 31.

Liverpool are next in action against Sparta Prague in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie at Anfield on Thursday. They beat the Czech side 5-1 in the first leg.

What do the rules say about the incident?

The laws of the game define a foul as when “a player commits (an offence) considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force”.

The rules continue: “Careless is when a player shows a lack of attention or consideration when making a challenge or acts without precaution. No disciplinary sanction is needed

“Reckless is when a player acts with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, an opponent and must be cautioned.

“Using excessive force is when a player exceeds the necessary use of force and endangers the safety of an opponent and must be sent off.”

During the UK broadcast, Sky Sports commentator Peter Drury also quoted the VAR, Stuart Attwell, as saying “Doku played it (the ball) in a reasonable position”.

(Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)

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