Gary Lineker wades into Liverpool and Man Utd penalty argument and sends Solskjaer message
Liverpool: Klopp makes Man Utd penalty claim after loss
An aggrieved Jurgen Klopp took a swipe at bitter rivals Manchester United by complaining about the Reds’ lack of penalties in comparison to United’s after the Reds were not given a spot kick during their 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Monday night. And Gary Lineker has given his verdict on the argument.
Gary Lineker has waded into the row started by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp over his side and Manchester United’s penalty record.
Liverpool were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty during their 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Monday night.
And an aggrieved Klopp took a swipe at bitter rivals United by complaining about the Reds’ lack of penalties in comparison to United’s.
He said: “I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five and a half years. I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.
“But it’s no excuse for the performance. We cannot change it, we have to respect the decisions. But we can change our performance. That’s our focus now.”
Lineker has given his verdict on the issue, telling United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the comments commend his side if anything.
The Match of the Day presenter tweeted: “Bullets fired. If I was a fan of @ManUtd I’d take that as a massive compliment.
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Klopp slammed referee Andre Marriner’s decision after the game.
“[The handball] looked like a clear penalty,” Klopp said. “I turned to the fourth official, he said: ‘We checked already, no penalty.’
“What Andre Marriner did with Sadio Mane tonight, I’m not sure that’s OK, to be honest.”
While he also defended Mane and any reputation he may have about going down easily in the box or trying to win headers.
The German added to Sky Sports: “The best situations we had were with Sadio having the ball at his feet.
“For anyone to say he is a diver is the biggest joke in the world. He tries to stay on his feet. He had two situations where other teams would get a penalty for it.
“The handball – I don’t know who will explain that to me. In these situations we were unfortunate.”
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