Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed that several refereeing decisions made by referee Martin Atkinson went against his side during their 1-1 draw with Leicester City.
Sadio Mane gave the Reds the perfect start with his goal after three minutes, although Harry Maguire’s finish on the stroke of half-time secured a point for the visitors, meaning Klopp’s side missed the chance to go seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Speaking post-match however, as quoted by Sky Sports, Klopp felt Leicester’s scorer was lucky to stay on the pitch following a foul on Mane after 40 minutes, and also claimed his side were denied a penalty when Ricardo Pereira looked to bring down Naby Keita in the second half.
“They had chances and so it’s of course absolutely OK the 1-1,” Klopp said. “Even when I think everybody agrees that there could have been a penalty, maybe should have been a penalty. I don’t know why it was no penalty and then we have the situation with Maguire.
“It’s now the second time in a game where a striker from my team, somebody brings him down at the halfway line and we treat it like it is I don’t know where.
“He would not have been alone through [on goal] because Mohamed Salah would have been around him. It’s a two-versus [Kasper] Schmeichel situation, if that’s not a real chance and goalscoring situation then I don’t know.
“But again, Leicester had chances and they had nothing to do with the situation around that, it’s a ref thing and we now have to accept the result, which is no problem.”
The point means Liverpool open a five point lead over City in the Premier League, although that could be cut to just two points by the time the Reds play next, when they travel to face West Ham United on February 4.
While Klopp failed to hide his disappointment at not beating Leicester, he was content that his side at least picked up a point with only 14 games of the season remaining.
He added: “We have a point more than before. That’s not exactly what we wanted to have but still everything is fine.
“We take what we get and tonight it’s a point and it’s more than we had before the game so that’s fine. Is it that I’m now overly happy? No, of course not, we wanted to win that game.”