Jurgen Klopp accuses referee of 'personal' decisions against Mane

Jurgen Klopp accuses referee Felix Brych of ‘personal’ decisions against Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid – after forward appeared to be fouled in build-up to Marco Asensio’s goal

  • Liverpool now have it all to do to keep their Champions League dreams alive 
  • The Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat vs Real Madrid in first leg of quarter-final tie
  • Jurgen Klopp slammed the referee for his officiating following the final whistle
  • He took offence at how the referee dealt with Sadio Mane during Tuesday’s clash

Jurgen Klopp has slammed the referee for his officiating during Liverpool’s wretched defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The Reds have it all to do to keep their European dreams alive after falling to a 3-1 loss in the Spanish capital following a brace from Vinicius Junior and a goal from Marco Asensio.

And following the final whistle, Klopp accused referee Felix Brych of ‘personal decisions’ against his forward Sadio Mane.

Sadio Mane is shown a yellow card by referee Felix Brych during Liverpool’s 3-1 loss in Madrid

Mane was hauled down by Lucas Vazquez moments before Real Madrid’s second of the night

Klopp was particularly furious after Mane appeared to be hauled down by Lucas Vazquez, who was last man, only for the referee to wave play.

And just 27 seconds later, Madrid went 2-0 up through Asensio, who kept his composure to round Alisson in the Liverpool goal. 

‘The situation with Sadio, I’m not sure what the ref did tonight,’ Klopp said. ‘It seemed like it was sort of personal. 

‘I told him after the game, I just thought he was unfair with Sadio. He didn’t lose us the game but you need just an OK ref.’

And another moment in the second half also left Klopp and Liverpool furious when Mane appeared to have been fouled on the edge of Madrid’s box only for the referee to ignore that too.

Klopp complains to referee Felix Brych following the final whistle in Madrid on Tuesday night

But while Klopp bemoaned the referee’s performance, he admitted he was also left angry with his side’s own display.

‘If we want to go to the semi-finals we have to earn the right to do so and we didn’t do that, especially in the first half,’ Klopp said after the final whistle.

‘The only good thing I can say about the game, apart from the goal, is that it is only the first half of the leg. We just didn’t play good enough football tonight to cause Real Madrd more problems.

‘I thought it would have been possible but we have to show it in the next game. We made it too easy for them.’

Klopp added: ‘I’m not happy of how we played in possession. We pressed them really well, they play long but then they beat us to second ball. We have to create more and play better. We didn’t deserve a lot more tonight. Away goal gives us a life line.’

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