Jurgen Klopp has said he believes Liverpool’s controversial defeat to Tottenham Hotspur should be replayed – though he admits it ‘probably won’t happen’.
Liverpool fell to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, in a controversy-filled match.
The Reds went down to nine men after Curtis Jones and then Diogo Jota were shown red cards, though the most contentious moment of the night came in the 34th minute when Luis Diaz’s perfectly legitimate goal was ruled out incorrectly for offside, with VAR Darren England failing to communicate the need to overturn the decision to referee Simon Hooper.
The referees’ governing body the PGMOL acknowledged the ‘significant human error’ that occurred, while audio recording of the conversations between the on-pitch and VAR officials has been made public.
Meanwhile, Liverpool released a statement on Monday vowing to ‘explore the range of options available, given the clear need for escalation and resolution’ as they seek a review into the incident.
While it is understood that the club are not pushing for a replay, Jurgen Klopp – speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Union Saint-Gilloise – revealed he thinks the match should be played again because of the blunder.
He said, via the Liverpool Echo: “The audio didn’t change it at all because I was not really interested in why things happen. I saw the outcome, I saw a goal, and I saw it didn’t count. It’s really important that we deal with it in a proper way.
“They [the match officials] didn’t do it on purpose and we shouldn’t forget that. Yes, it was a mistake. An obvious mistake. I think there would have been solutions. I think the outcome should be a replay. Probably won’t happen.”
“As far as I can remember, something like that never happened, that’s why I think a replay should be played.”
Speaking about the officiating on the night, Klopp refused to scapegoat any individual, saying: “I’m not angry with any of them, not at all. We should not go for them. They made a mistake and I’m sure they felt horrible that night.”
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However, the Liverpool boss doubled down on his assertion that there are grounds to replay the match in these ‘rare’ circumstances.
He said: “It’s really rare that team gave a goal and it doesn’t show on the scoresheet. That makes it really rare and different. We have to accept what we get told. I am interested in how we improve. That won’t happen next week.
“If that would happen again, I would say replay. Or much, much better than replay. Sort it in that moment. Common sense.”