Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany should have received his marching orders in the course of the game which saw the Reds fall to a 2:1 defeat at the Etihad, quashing their unbeaten run in the process.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City have now closed the gap to just 4 points with the title race being reignited yet again.
The controversy came up in the first half of the game when Kompany received a yellow for a reckless challenge on Mohammed Salah. The relatively popular opinion is that it should have been red.
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp was of this opinion and expressed it after the game.
“I really like Vincent Kompany,” “But how on Earth is that not a red card?
“He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season.
“It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.
“But it’s all okay, we lost the game because they scored two and we scored one.”
However, when Vincent Kompany was questioned on the tackle, he had a different perspective. Kompany said:
“I thought it was a great challenge, was it not?”
“I got the ball, a little bit of the man but it wasn’t naughty.
“I didn’t try to injure him. It was that or let him go through on goal and the decision was made very quickly in my head.”
Meanwhile, Man City boss Pep Guardiola refused to be drawn into the controversy. He said:
“The decision of the referee, you have to ask to the referee. One day in my life I speak quite well about the referee and I understand you can be banned”.