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EPL: Klopp reveals those to blame for Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has criticised referee Michael Oliver’s decision-making during their 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
The Reds conceded a controversial penalty when Thiago Alcantara made light contact with Gabriel Jesus in the 18-yard box, which led to the Gunners’ third goal.

Klopp’s men were also denied a penalty when Diogo Jota’s cross struck defender Gabriel on the arm.

It later emerged that Gabriel Martinelli’s opening goal after just 58 seconds might have been ruled out, if Bukayo Saka had not been in a camera blind spot when he received the ball from Ben White in the build-up.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Rangers on Wednesday, Klopp said: “On Sky Sports’ Ref Watch, when Mr Dermot [Gallagher] twice says the decision was wrong by the best English referee Michael Oliver… the TV ref usually always says exactly what the ref decided was right.
“Before the season, we had a big meeting with the refs and they said no soft penalties anymore. Then we’ve seen already this season which kind of situations we have for handball, and there were penalties with exactly the same situations, but not in this game.

“We conceded silly goals, especially the second one in the first half, but between the first and second goal, we played against a team in form in the league a really good game.

“Then I get the information only later after that because nobody could show that before, Saka was probably offside around the first goal, and all of a sudden, a bad defending situation becomes a good defending situation because he would have been offside, just the assistant didn’t see it or thought VAR would check it, and VAR had no camera.

“We are responsible for the situation around the penalty situation. We should have cleared it before, but it was still no penalty. We are responsible for going through a set-piece and conceding a counter-attack, of course, and we cannot be responsible for the first goal because it was good defending and it was offside.

“It’s really tricky and yes we can play better, but we didn’t go to Arsenal to show how good we are, we went to Arsenal to win the game.

“We lost it in the way we lost it so now it’s difficult to judge, so what did we miss in this specific game? Just the right ref decisions would have been helpful, to be 100 per cent honest, then we could judge the game. Then, if we win that game, to the outside world, our problems are completely sorted. We know it’s not like that. Now we lost the game and three players and that’s the exact opposite what should have happened.”

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