Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany should have been sent off during their first defeat of the season.
The Reds have suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Premier League champions on Thursday night at the Etihad Stadium.
Roberto Firmino’s header was not enough for Liverpool as Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane were both on target for Pep Guardiola side.
Klopp was furious with referee Anthony Taylor’s decision due to Vincent Kompany’s tackle on Mohamed Salah claiming Kompany as the defender was just booked in the first half.
And the German boss believes the Belgium international should have been sent off after the challenge.
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“I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card?” Klopp fumed.
“He is the 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.”
Despite the defeat, Liverpool are still on the top of the Premier League table with four points clear.
But Klopp admits the Merseysiders were unlucky to be handed their first league defeat of the season.
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“It was a big pressure. Very intense game. We were unlucky in our finishing moments. Unluckier than City I would say,” he added.
“Sane scores and the situation with Sadio [Mane] when he hit the post. They had periods where they dominated the game and everybody felt the intensity.”
“But we came back and had big chances. It is always like this. You have to score in those moments. When Aguero scores there is no angle. In similar situations, we didn’t score.”
“It was not our or City’s best game because we both made it difficult for the other team.”
“I have already said to the boys this is OK. We lost it but it will happen. Tonight it is not nice but it is not the biggest problem.”
“Our expectations are high. We can play better. On the other side, it was an intense game. You have to take the game how it is.”
“You can’t always dominate it. With a bit more luck we could have got 2-2, which would be perfect for us.”
Klopp’s men are back in action on Monday night as they take on Wolves at Molineux Stadium in the FA Cup clash.