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Liverpool manager Klopp: We cannot ignore what Brighton and Aston Villa are doing



Liverpool manager Klopp: We cannot ignore what Brighton and Aston Villa are doing

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has thrown praise in the direction of Brighton this weekend.

The German was hugely effusive about the Albion and their manager Roberto De Zerbi.

Klopp stated that how Brighton beat Wolves was one of the best performances he has ever seen in football.

He told the BBC of Brighton’s 6-0 win: “We have to win football games to qualify for Europe at all, it is not given.

“Brighton played one of the best football games this weekend that I have ever seen in my life, I have to say.”

He added: “Mr De Zerbi, wow! That was incredible.

“They are behind us with two games in hand or whatever.

“Aston Villa? What a development.

We have to worry about them. If we can keep them behind us, that would be already a success.”


Liverpool could face Jurgen Klopp Champions League bid blow after Paul Tierney comments

Liverpool still hold out hope they can scrape into the top four but their late charge for Champions League football could be derailed if manager Jurgen Klopp’s comments about referee Paul Tierney come back to bite them.

Newcastle United know they need just seven more points to ensure the Anfield side cannot catch them this season, with Manchester United in fourth, seven points ahead of Liverpool but with a game in hand.

The PA news agency understands the Football Association is to look into Klopp’s post-match remarks following the dramatic 4-3 victory over Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday. After a contest in which the Reds needed an added-time winner from Diogo Jota to extend a four-match winning run having squandered a 3-0 lead from the opening 15 minutes, Klopp said he did not know what the official “has against us”.

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Klopp was booked for his over-zealous celebration in front of fourth official John Brooks but said of Tierney’s attitude: “What he said to me when he gave me the yellow card is not OK.”

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited was quick to respond, saying in a statement: “PGMOL is aware of the comments made by Jurgen Klopp after his side’s fixture with Tottenham Hotspur. Match officials in the Premier League are recorded in all games via a communications system and having fully reviewed the audio of referee Paul Tierney from today’s fixture, we can confirm he acted in a professional manner throughout including when issuing the caution to the Liverpool manager so, therefore, we strongly refute any suggestion that Tierney’s actions were improper.”

It is understood that while the match officials took action at the time in terms of Klopp being shown a yellow card, the FA will also wait to see Tierney’s report on the matter. Klopp’s suggestion of bias appears likely to land him in trouble and could lead to him receiving a touchline ban for Liverpool’s remaining few matches.

He was previously warned about his conduct after being banned for one match and fined £30,000 after the FA successfully won an appeal against the leniency of his punishment for berating an assistant referee during October’s home win over Manchester City.

The absence of Klopp from the touchline for any or all of Liverpool’s eminently-winnable remaining matches against Fulham, Brentford, Leicester, Aston Villa and Southampton could kill their momentum and blow their outside chances of catching fourth-placed Manchester United, who are currently seven points ahead with a match in hand.

One mistake and the best Liverpool can hope for is Europa League football but they came close to throwing it away against Spurs having coasted into a three-goal lead through strikes from Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah.

Harry Kane equalled Wayne Rooney’s Premier League tally of 208 goals just before half-time, leaving only Alan Shearer (260) ahead of him in the all-time list, and when Richarlison’s first league strike in added time followed Son Heung-min’s 77th-minute effort, Spurs looked like they had escaped with an unlikely draw.

However, just 99 seconds after equalising, Jota slotted in his fifth goal in four matches to spark wild – some would argue too wild in Klopp’s case – celebrations as Liverpool’s slim Champions League qualification hopes were kept alive.

“Sometimes we don’t half make it hard for ourselves,” said midfielder Harvey Elliott, back in the side after almost a month. “We started the game unbelievably well, got three goals in quick succession, and personally I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit and allowed them to play a bit more football while not playing football ourselves.

“It’s a tough one to explain. It’s not a lack of concentration. Maybe because going 3-0 up early hardly ever happens so the way we deal with it is new to us. It’s always a hard situation because emotions are high, performing well and then we just decide to switch and didn’t do our game-plan.

“We decided to keep the ball and I felt it was just a bit slow in the way we moved it around and that caused ourselves problems. That’s something we need to snap out of.”


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