Jurgen Klopp: “I think it was a clear penalty”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty during their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Reds lost their first Premier League game since January in a crucial clash at Old Trafford in the race for the top four.

Marcus Rashford struck twice in the first half to give United the lead at the break.

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Despite Eric Bailly diverting a cross into his own net to half the deficit, Liverpool were unable to break down a resolute Jose Mourinho side.

The Reds thought they had a chance to equalise in the second half when Marouane Fellaini tangled with Sadio Mane in the penalty area.

However, referee Craig Pawson waved away the shouts for penalty, a decision which angered Liverpool boss Klopp. Talking to Sky Sports, Klopp said;

I think it was a clear penalty by Fellaini on Sadio Mane.

You need to get decisions like these. The tight decisions – we didn’t get them.

Nobody could have had an argument if it was a draw. The situations around the two goals cannot happen. They scored twice, and it was a big influence, it was a big boost for them and a big blow for us.

We came back into the game, put them under pressure and had good moments in the box. We scored a goal in the second half, we should have had a penalty when Fellaini tackled Sadio (Mane). We needed luck, but we cannot say we do not deserve the defeat because of the two goals.

Despite the defeat, the German was pleased with the way his side reacted to going two goals behind. He continued;

How can I be frustrated if we don’t create a lot of chances against a world-class team like Manchester United? They do what they do on the highest level. We had chances to win. I’m not frustrated we didn’t create more

We were knocked at 2-0 down and wobbled but we made something of it. But we are not allowed to concede these kinds of goals. We need a bit of luck and to have the right decisions. We have to continue working and turn the fortune to our side.

Defeat for Liverpool keeps them third in the Premier League, now five points behind fierce rivals United.

We won’t stop (fighting for second). Of-course second place matters. We need to win football games. Today we lost and obviously it’s five points. We have to win our games. Are we under pressure? We are constantly under pressure. We have to win football games starting with Watford.

Liverpool return to action next Saturday as they welcome Watford to Anfield.  

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