Jurgen Klopp questions refereeing decisions in Liverpool draw with West Brom


Liverpool have missed the chance to move back into the top four of the Premier League table, having been held to a goalless draw by West Bromwich Albion at Anfield this evening.

The Reds were left frustrated for a second straight game as they failed to convert a plethora of chances into goals. If this was in the other box [a potential penalty] there would still be discussions because it is twice deflected, and for sure not on objective. I'm not sure, it's not on goal, for sure not. Klopp noted of the undeserved draw, accepting the result but refusing to back down-his team played well on the day, and in the larger picture rotation is very much necessary. Sam Allardyce's men managed to get a draw, with Wayne Rooney converting a penalty to get an equaliser, but it's thought Coutinho's decision to leave was made long ago anyway.

"We should not need him for tomorrow but then, step by step, we need to see how we can bring him in match fitness shape".

"That was not our best game tonight but I think we had enough chances to win".

Ben Foster had been relatively untroubled in Albion's goal, but was nearly embarrassed with 25 minutes to go, punching Mane's cross into the air, then fumbling straight to Wijnaldum as it dropped, and watching on gratefully as Evans cleared. We all know the boys usually score in the moments like this.

Klopp felt his side had been out of luck after a late goal from Dominic Solanke was ruled out for handball but could have no real complaints after a fine Albion performance under new manager Alan Pardew that steered them out of the bottom three. I felt like this in the moment and I'm not an actor, so I can not act differently. "It's a good feeling, all the players feel it, so we have to carry on and concentrate on winning the game". I told him after the game, 3 minutes on a game like this, six changes.

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"He said: 'Yeah, it was right.' What's my text then?"

The Liverpool manager added: "They obviously do what they think is right".

"I do not want to say [it was a risk to play Coutinho and Firmino] as that would sound like an excuse and I don't need an excuse", he explained.

However, referee Paul Tierney disallowed Solanke's goal, with replays showing that the ball had hit the young forward's arm in the lead-up to the effort.

"We've sent him to different doctors just to be sure".