Mark Clattenburg, the famous English referee who also refereed in the Premier League until a few years ago, reacted to Jurgen Klopp's comments against Manchester United.
A few days ago, afterLiverpool
's defeat against
seemed very angry with the referee of the match and believed that the referee should have awarded them a penalty for opponent’s tackle onSadio Mane
. The German's anger caused him to tauntManchester United
and question the penalties given to the team in recent weeks.
In this regard, famous English referee
has reacted to Klopp comments.
“There were a couple of things to take from Klopp's comments,”
“First, he sounds like a hypocrite if he is suggesting United's players are looking to win penalties. The likes of Mo Salah and Mane are just as capable of employing similar tactics.
“He is clearly getting edgy, though, because not since Fergie have we seen such a blatant attempt to influence a referee ahead of a big game. Klopp wasn't doing this last season when Liverpool were winning every week.
“He does not like losing, he never has. He gets prickly. But he is wrong to suggest there is an aura around United that sees them given favorable decisions. There used to be when Fergie was there, but that has eased massively since he left.
“It was mind games — an attempt to influence referee Paul Tierney and get inside his head before a huge match between Liverpool and United this Sunday.
“Klopp was correct when he said United have won more penalties in two years than Liverpool have in his five and a half at Anfield. He was smart, because his comments could not get him into trouble with the authorities.
“But let's be clear: there is no conspiracy on the part of referees and officials. Was Klopp insinuating there is? Or was he suggesting United have players who are encouraged to dive? If his intention was the former, then I've got no time for that. It simply is not true.
“But if he was highlighting the ease with which some United players go down in the penalty area then, yes, I believe he was making a valid point. Even if it does ignore similar suspicions about some of his stars.”