Napoli beat Liverpool 2-0 to earn 3 points yesterday night in the UEFA Champions League group stage match.
Jurgen Klopp blamed referee Felix Brych and VAR for Liverpool’s failure to earn what he felt would have been a merited point from their Champions League visit to Napoli.
With the score tied at 0-0 in the 80th minute, the Reds looked set for a share of the spoils from a keenly contested first group game of the new season at Stadio San Paolo.
However, the hosts took a late lead when Andy Robertson was adjudged to have fouled Jose Callejon in the box and Dries Mertens made no mistake from the spot.
Klopp’s team then saw their misery compounded at the death as Virgil van Dijk gifted a second goal to Napoli, inadvertently playing in Fernando Llorente for a one-on-one chance.
But, according to the manager, the game turned on the award of a penalty that he felt was earned through a dive
Asked for his reflections on the game, Klopp replied: “It was much more of a game than last year when we played here and lost 1-0. We had a lot of good moments; I think we controlled the game in a lot of moments, we had a lot of interceptions, we won the ball and had counter-attacks.
“Both teams showed a lot of respect for each other, very compact, defended well and that’s how you play a game against a strong side, to be honest. It was really hard work for both teams.
“The second half was a bit [more with] wilder moments – counter-attack, counter-attack and then lose the ball when you are in the box and then have to run back.
“Then we started to control the game again and then we conceded the 1-0 and that was the game-changer tonight. We have to accept the result and we do that.
“We are really critical with ourselves but it was not a really, really bad performance; it was a game which you can win at Napoli, but we didn’t because we didn’t score and that doesn’t work then really.
“You want to then have at least a point and we didn’t get that because of the penalty. I am pretty sure there are different views on that situation, but when the player jumps before there is contact it cannot be a penalty. We cannot change that anymore, so now we carry on. That’s it.”
Source: Evening Standard