Referee Mike Dean had a tricky day at the office, overseeing a Merseyside Derby with loads of edgy tackles and extra curricular activities.
The managers of Liverpool and Everton had differing views on exactly how well Dean did in charge of the match at Goodison Park, which Liverpool claimed 1-0 on a late Sadio Mane goal.
Barkley was shown yellow for going studs-up into Henderson’s ankle, and Dejan Lovren and Seamus Coleman raced to the scene for a shoving match that ended with only Coleman seeing yellow (and Lovren sitting on one).
Klopp said he thought Barkley could’ve been sent off, but that overall Dean did well.
“I saw it. I think everything is clear. If you saw it, say how it was. The referee had a difficult game today, and Mike Dean did really well in that situation. Maybe Ross was really lucky, and Hendo was lucky.”
As for Koeman, he can’t believe Lovren avoided the second yellow that would’ve had Everton up a man for the final half hour or so.
“If I can say something about the referee. Why did he give Seamus Coleman a yellow and not Dejan Lovren? Lovren was already on a yellow.”
Koeman agreed that Barkley can consider himself lucky for not being sent off.