Wednesday 12 December 2018

Firmino turns the tide

Reds keep pressure on City but Klopp calls for more protection after Gomez injury

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino. Photo: PA
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino. Photo: PA

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt referee Stuart Attwell could have offered more protection to his players in the 3-1 win at Burnley.

Reds defender Joe Gomez was carried off on a stretcher in the first half and will have a scan on an ankle injury today with Klopp admitting the problem is "probably not only a little bit".

Klopp was expecting a physical battle but believed his players should have been afforded more care.

"I'm pretty sure I don't make a lot of friends, but that's not my job," said the Reds boss. "I said after the first challenge, I don't know who did it, a sliding tackle from six/seven yards, getting the ball, everybody likes it, I said to the ref 'it's no foul but please tell them you cannot do that'.

"Nobody can judge that. You get the ball, nice, but it's like bowling because you get the player as well. It happened four or five times, everybody likes it, but Joe is injured, and probably not only a little bit.

"They wanted to be aggressive. Aggression is a part of football. You try something and you need someone to say 'be careful'. Somebody has to tell you to stop doing it, make two more steps and make a normal challenge."

"The boy with the ball is a bit unlucky because what can happen is what happened to Joe Gomez. I think the referee has to make sure that things like this don't happen constantly.

"It's not how it should be. Let's play football."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, however, had no qualms about the approach which his team took.

"You've got to win the ball, you've got to challenge against these boys. You've got to put a marker on the game - not only with good tackles, but also with good play."

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