Saturday 24 August 2019

'Angry' Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp fumes at ref after Chelsea snatch late draw at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp confronts referee Michael Oliver after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp confronts referee Michael Oliver after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could not hide his disappointment after Willian's fortunate 85th minute equaliser denied his side a win against Chelsea at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah's opening goal after 65 minutes gave Liverpool a glimpse of a win that would have propelled them into the top four positions in the Premier League, with Klopp exasperated by his side's failure to see out the game.

"I think I need a little bit of time to be happy," he told BT Sport. "I'm happy about the performance, how we took the game. It's a little bit more difficult when Chelsea played with eight defenders more or less.

"You need a bit of luck and we didn't have it again. Of course, if you're at home 1-0 up, you want the three points, that's my problem at the moment.

"It was a really good game and at the end, it's one point against Cheslea. There will be a moment tonight when I think the result is OK, but not now."

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Klopp confirmed he had decided to switch to a back five defensive unit a few minutes before Chelsea's equaliser, as he claimed the match officials did not allow him to make the change in time.

"I was angry because we wanted to change the system but the ref didn't give us the opportunity," Klopp told BT Sport. "I don't know what he thought in this moment, he told me something about taking too long, I don't understand it.

"How can we take too long, we didn't want to time waste we wanted to change the system and that's why I was angry."

Klopp's claims that he was blocked from making the substitution may be undermined the reality that he could and should have made the change he mentioned a full ten minutes before Chelsea drew level, with Liverpool failing to see out a game they were leading in yet again.

"We're disappointed, I thought we would hang on for all three so they will probably be very, very happy with the point," stated Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

"It was a game between two good teams, tactically, we both had chances but I think Chelsea will be happier with the point."

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