Wednesday 18 September 2019

Klopp laments offside call as Gunners force a draw

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Mark Mann-Bryans

Sadio Mané controversially saw a goal ruled out as a superb late strike by Alexandre Lacazette secured Arsenal a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in an absorbing Premier League encounter.

Two of English football's top sides slugged it out in search of victory as the Emirates Stadium bore witness to an entertaining clash yesterday evening.

Liverpool looked to be going three points clear at the top after James Milner's 50th career Premier League goal. But Arsenal rallied and Lacazette wriggled free inside the box before curling home with eight minutes remaining.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt the decision to disallow Mané's first-half strike for offside was a mistake by the officials. The Senegal international tapped home after Roberto Firmino had hit the post but his effort was chalked off even though he was behind the ball, having initially been offside when the move started.

"There's only one person who can answer the question and that's the linesman. Nobody else can say anything about that," Klopp said.

"For me, that's football. You have one player in a slightly offside position and chip the ball and then the other one takes the ball, that's football all over the world. If he (the linesman) sees it like that, good - it was not offside. And the second situation was not offside.

"If he thought the first situation was offside, I think that would have been the wrong decision. We made more mistakes than the refs but in this situation it would have been cool if this goal would count because it was obviously in a very good moment."

Arsenal boss Unai Emery said the game had been "an amazing spectacle".

He added: "We wanted to win but also we had a very big team in front (of us) and for us I think the performance is good.

"We pushed, we worked the match doing our things tactically and also with our supporters pushing us with energy."

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