Monday 19 February 2018

Forster was unsporting claims Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA newsdesk

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster's attempts to intimidate James Milner before the penalty he missed was "not how sportsman should work".

Forster stood over Milner and spoke to him as he placed the ball on the penalty spot, before appearing to put a divot of turf on the spot, while two members of the visiting side were also booked for dissent and time-wasting. Milner's miss was the first time in nine years he has failed to convert from the spot.

Klopp, who was also clearly frustrated by Southampton's negative mindset, said of the gamesmanship: "I really don't like it, to make a story of it. You saw what they did. Why do you need my say on it? On one side you say it is very smart because (Milner) missed and on the other not sportsmanship. Two yellow cards for them and with the time delay, I don't know how long Forster needed for his kicks, four minutes, that is ambitious. But I have nothing to do with it. Whatever I say we look like bad losers."

Referee Bobby Madley booked James Ward-Prowse for taking a bottle out of Forster's net to waste time after the kick was awarded, Cedric Soares went into the book for dissent and Forster was slow to get on the goal line, but was not booked.

Klopp also said the dryness of the Anfield pitch, which is being relaid this summer, had been a problem.

"We gave all the water we had and after 15 minutes it was really dry, the wind and a little bit… it was difficult," he observed.

"In a possession game you need to have the best, if possible, in a home game especially, the best circumstances. Today we couldn't have this."

Irish Independent

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