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Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Liverpool fans booing national anthem at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool supporters were well within their rights to boo the national anthem before their 1-0 win over Brentford on Saturday.

As per a Premier League suggestion to all clubs across the division last week, the club took the decision to play God Save the King moments before kick-off at Anfield on Saturday evening.

As was expected, the anthem was roundly booed by supporters across the ground and Klopp says everyone who expressed their opinions were not overstepping the line before Mohamed Salah’s goal won the game.

“First and foremost, today is a big day for England and I respect that a lot,” Klopp said. “Everyone who wants to be happy about it and wants to celebrate it is allowed to celebrate it.

“We have, thank God – and not everything now is better than it was in the past – but we have freedom of speech. That means a free opinion as well. It was clear that something like this would happen, I think everyone knew it. And that is allowed, meanwhile. That is fine.

“Nothing else happened and there was not any kind of chants or anything like that. It was just that the people showed [their feelings]. I don’t know exactly what it is, some things I know about, not all. But the people of Liverpool in the past were not always happy with how the city or the club was dealt with. So that is what they did.”

Klopp added: “I think really today, for all other people who love the day – and I am not sure if you say congratulations to the king but if you did then I do that here – but people who celebrate it, they do that here. Other people who are not happy about it, they say it and then that’s it. I think that is absolutely OK.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp


Thomas Frank reveals what annoyed him in Liverpool loss amid Alisson ‘time-wasting’ claim

Liverpool earned a 1-0 victory over Brentford in the Premier League.

Thomas Frank reckons Brentford deserved a point in their loss to Liverpool an Anfield.

The Reds picked up a sixth successive victory courtesy of Mo Salah’s 13th-minute goal. Brenford enjoyed spells where they threatened Jurgen Klopp’s side but struggled to create any real clear-cut chances.

Brentford remain 10th in the Premier League – well above a club of their stature are expected to finish with just three matches to play.

But Frank felt that his side could have been better against Liverpool in the attacking areas to get something from the game. The Bees head coach said: “We in many ways performed well enough to get something from this game. Besides one thing, I’ll come back to that, I’m very happy with the performance.

“I think we started well in the first half – they had the goal and the [Darwin] Nunez [chance]. The goal we could have done better in a few situations, the second phase of a set-piece. Besides that, we got better and better throughout the game and our high pressure was really good. It frustrated and caused problems and created some chances from winning it high.

“We were brave because they are the team that have the most pace but were willing to take that risk then we have the marginal offside goal to Bryan Mbeumo that could have changed the game.

When [Virgil] van Dijk, [Ibrahima] Konate and Fabinho – their three defensive players get a yellow – we have done something right and a yellow card for Alisson [Becker] for time-wasting at Anfield.

A lot of positives and the final bit we missed was the last quality in the cross or passing to create bigger chances. On another day, the delivery we put have put in the box could have created the chances for a goal so overall satisfied but disappointed we lost.

Asked what Frank was annoyed about he replied: “Quality for the final cross or sliding ball for a bigger chance. Maybe the difference in the two teams’ squads. [Cody] Gakpo, [Mo] Salah, [Darwin] Nunez, [Luis] Diaz – decent front-four players maybe.


Thomas Frank claims Alisson punishment proves Brentford frustrated Liverpool

Thomas Frank admitted he took a ‘brave’ decision against Liverpool that nearly paid off as the Reds recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over Brentford on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah’s early strike earned all three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but they didn’t have things all their own way as the Bees fought in vain for a share of the spoils.

Playing a high line and pressing Liverpool hard, Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, and Fabinho were all booked as they tried to stop Brentford attacks. Meanwhile, Alisson Becker was shown a yellow card for time-wasting, with Frank using such a fact to highlight that his side were unlucky and had done something right against the Reds.

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“I think we, in many ways, performed enough to get something from this game,” the Dane told reporters. “Besides one thing (the quality for the final cross), very happy with the performance.

“We started well first half. They had the goal and the chance for Nunez. The rest we were on top of defensively. The goal, we could have done better in a few situations. Besides that, I think we got better and better.

“I think our high pressure was really good and it frustrated them and caused problems. We were very close to creating some dangerous chances from winning it high. We were brave to be high because we know it is the team with probably the most pace in going behind, but we still took that risk and were willing to take that risk.

And then we have the marginal offside call, disallowed goal which could have changed the game.

“When Van Dijk, Konate, and Fabinho, their three central defensive players get a yellow, then we’ve probably done something right as well. And a yellow card to Alisson, at Anfield, against Brentford, for time-wasting. Overall satisfied but disappointed we lost.”

Frank pointed to Liverpool’s added quality in their squad as the reason for his side’s loss, but pointed out the difference in Brentford’s Anfield result to their 3-0 loss in the same fixture last season.

“I guess maybe the difference is the two teams’ squad,” he said. “I think Gakpo, Salah, Nunez, Diaz. These new front four players made it…

“If you look at this game and compare to last year where we clearly lost 3-0, basically weren’t in the game at all, then it’s a huge development.”


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