Friday 23 August 2019

Klopp fury after Chelsea leveller

Jurgen Klopp expresses his anger from the sidelines Photo: Getty
Jurgen Klopp expresses his anger from the sidelines Photo: Getty

Andy Hampson

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was furious with referee Michael Oliver for not allowing him to make a substitution in the build-up to Chelsea's goal in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.

The Reds looked set for an impressive three points after Mohamed Salah's 16th goal of the season - against his former club - put them ahead, only for Willian to level with five minutes to go.

Immediately before that, though, Klopp was trying to make a substitution, but was not allowed.

"I was angry because we wanted to change the system but the ref didn't give us the opportunity," said Klopp. "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."

Salah again took the plaudits with a crisp finish 20 minutes into the second half, but Klopp said it was a team effort.

"I love this player, but I can't keep talking about him after every game. He is fantastic and did really well and that is why we left him on the pitch," he added.

"It's good for us but I thought it was a really good team performance in what was a tough game, Chelsea were defending with eight deep players.

"There were two really good sides with a fantastic energy. We scored a fantastic goal. This kind of game will not be a game you win three or four-nil, that is clear. You need a little bit of luck and I don't think we had it today.

"Chelsea fought hard and deserved the point but it doesn't feel perfect at the moment."

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was pleased with his side's spirit after their lengthy midweek Champions League trip to Qarabag.

"We had a really good performance for the whole game. In the first half we were very solid and when we had the ball in the second half we had a lot of chances," the Italian said.

"We found the strength and I think we deserved the draw. We deserved to score and we created many chances to draw and then to try and win. It was a good performance and great spirit despite long travel and no rest for my players - I am very pleased with their commitment and spirit they showed."

Elsewhere, Tottenham needed Harry Kane's 30th Premier League goal of 2017 to earn them a draw against West Brom.

However, the north London side will regard the 1-1 stalemate with the strugglers at Wembley as two points dropped.

West Brom appeared set to make a winning start to life without Tony Pulis when they took a fourth-minute lead through Salomon Rondon. The striker outmuscled Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez and rolled a shot past Hugo Lloris. They were denied a first win in 11 matches when Kane flicked home at the near post with 16 minutes remaining.

Second-placed Manchester United did not slip up, beating Brighton 1-0 at Old Trafford. Lewis Dunk's 66th-minute own goal separated the teams, after Ashley Young's shot took a big deflection off the Seagulls defender and looped into the far corner of the net.

The result means United close the gap on leaders Manchester City to five points, although Pep Guardiola's men can restore their eight-point lead today with a win at Huddersfield.

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