Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool said they were ‘angry’ at the referees after their draw against Burnley at Anfield.
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Liverpool’s run of 24-straight home wins in the Premier League came to an end as they drew 1-1 and they will now have to win-out to beat Man City’s records for the highest points tally and most wins in a Premier League season.
Talking about the draw at home, the first time they’ve not won a PL game at Anfield since January 2019, Klopp admitted that Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope had a fine game and his side weren’t best pleased with the officiating.
“For moments it was Liverpool against Pope, he did really well, but we should have scored. We did everything right and he made saves but we should have scored more, that’s on us,” Klopp told BT Sport. “We didn’t close the game and they took their moment. It feels like we lost a game, we have to look after the game better. We were angry with the referee but we have to criticize ourselves first for not finishing the game. The team do it right 99 percent of the time but I will never stop criticising them.”
Why specifically were Klopp and Liverpool they angry about against Burnley?
Two major moments stood out. First, for Burnley’s goal there was a free kick just before the drinks break awarded to the Clarets for offside but Liverpool weren’t offside. Secondly, with five minutes of normal time to go Andy Robertson went down in the box under a challenge from Johann Berg Gudmundsson but no penalty kick was given and VAR wasn’t used.
Klopp chuntered away at the officials at the final whistle and felt like Burnley got away with a lot at Anfield.
“The ref today let all of these challenges today happen and it was clear when the ball came into the box, it is dangerous and that is how they scored the goal,” Klopp explained. “Burnley stayed completely in the game. They were not bothered about conceding chances minute after minute, pretty much. They just did what they wanted to do. All respect for that. On the other hand it is frustrating. That is clear. We should have score much earlier.”
Klopp was frustrated and Liverpool now have to win their final three games to get the records they want but the Liverpool boss said he isn’t bothered about it. Do we believe him?